OUR SOCIOCRATIC MODEL OF DOING THINGS!
We are our Volunteers!
Volunteer Outer Circle
The continuous interest of people from all over Greece to participate in SYH's effort for cleaner neighborhoods, inevitably led to the creation of local volunteer groups in neighborhoods all over the territory. This structure serves to better organize the national network of volunteers, since each group operates independently, collectively and self-organized. Because of this method, more frequent and more actions are thus achieved in areas in all over Greece with a great impact on local communities.
Each local group nominates one or multiple coordinators that keep the groups active and energized, helping them in organizing their initiatives, while in the same time, they participate in the coordinators' circle communicating their teams' needs and will and taking decisions on a national level for them.
Local Coordinators' Circle
This council serves the internal cohesion of the organization, the continuous information of all groups/structures about the developments and procedures of SYH, from and in every direction, as well as being the bridge between the volunteers of the local groups and the central organizational structures so that to convey needs, requests, complaints and more. The council includes the coordinators who have been nominated by each local group, who are renewed whenever this is deemed necessary.
The council operates with a debate moderator, a secretary to record the minutes and an agenda of issues.
The education circle is responsible for developing and implementing school and educational experiential programs, with the aim of educating students about environmental issues and encouraging them to take action.By educating students about environmental issues, the education circle helps to create a new generation of environmentally conscious citizens who are more likely to take action to protect their environment. The education circle is also a key part of SYH's efforts to promote environmental awareness and education in the wider community. By collaborating with schools, community organizations, and other stakeholders, the education circle is able to reach a wider audience and make a more significant impact.
This group of creative volunteers plays a crucial role in shaping SYH's digital and physical identity, translating its message into a variety of creative forms.
The creative circle's contributions extend beyond mere aesthetics. Their work aims to amplify SYH's impact by capturing attention, fostering engagement, and inspiring action. Through innovative designs, captivating imagery, and compelling narratives, the creative circle breathes life into SYH's initiatives, making them more relatable and impactful.
The initiatives circle operates as a creative think tank, fostering an environment where new ideas can flourish and innovative solutions can emerge. Through collaborative brainstorming sessions and open-minded discussions, the circle identifies and develops potential initiatives that align with SYH's mission and the needs of the community.
Their work extends beyond mere ideation; they take the lead in empowering these initiatives, ensuring their successful implementation and impact.
This group of volunteers with scientific backgrounds brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to bear on addressing local environmental challenges. They provide scientific advice on proper waste disposal practices, ensuring that SYH's cleanup efforts are environmentally sound and minimize the impact on the community, analyze environmental data collected during cleanups and other initiatives to gain a deeper understanding of the specific environmental challenges faced by the community, promote environmental stewardship practices and educate the community about sustainable living habits.
Our different board of trustees
Trash Knights Board
Remember the number
The Trash Knights Board is a group of 12 elected volunteers within Save Your Hood (SYH) who play a crucial role in overseeing and guiding the organization's strategic direction and ensuring that it adheres to its core values and principles.
The Board serves as a key decision-making body within SYH, ensuring that the organization operates effectively and aligns with its core values. Their collective expertise and experience guide SYH's strategic direction, resource allocation, and ethical framework, enabling the organization to make a lasting impact on local environmental challenges.
The Trash Knights Board is responsible for:
Formulating and implementing SYH's overall strategic plan, ensuring that it aligns with the organization's mission and vision. Evaluating and adapting SYH's strategic plan to address emerging challenges and opportunities. Identifying and prioritizing new initiatives that align with SYH's strategic goals.
Allocating resources effectively to support SYH's various initiatives and operations.
Securing funding and partnerships to support SYH's activities.
Managing SYH's finances and ensuring responsible financial management.
Ensuring that SYH's activities and decisions uphold the organization's ethical principles.
Protecting SYH's values and reputation within the community.
Fostering a culture of integrity and social responsibility within the organization.
Our Trash Knights
July 2023 - June 2024
George, a pilot of Hellenic Air Force, has been at SYH since its very first weeks of operation. He started as a coordinator in the local team of Varis-Voulas-Vuliagmenis Municipality.
Panagiotis, an Economics and Financial Markets Analyst, joined SYH back in 2022. Since then many more actions have followed with the local group of SEF in the area. This year he decided to go beyond the boundaries of the SEF beach and dig up the trash from every corner of this world!
Olga, a Life Coach and a singer, started (timidly) with Save Your Hood on a Saturday in February 2023. Since then, picking up trash has been a weekly habit for her.
Iraklis is the main coordinator of Thessaloniki team counting more than 6000 members. He is a Sales Representative.
Matina has been active in Save Your Hood for 2 years. She originally started with the local SEF volunteer group and have ended up being almost everywhere now to clean up the world from litter!
Occupation: architect & fashion accessory designer
Main ability: giving color to everything Special forces: mountaineer, speleologist, climber, rescue trainee. Every SYH Mission is Possible. Only thing bigger than the trash she has collected so far: her smile!
Filotas, a Communication Manager and Political Scientist, is one of the youngest additions to the team. His skills and innovative way of thinking makes SYH advance even further.
Evangelos, a retired insurance advisor, is the coordinator of Thermaikos region and the main source of wisdom in our team.
Nikos is an EU Project Manager and Climate Pact Ambassador. Dedicating his life for the better of this earth, he originally coordinated Serres local team. Now, he is contributing through his experience and knowledge about climate.
Panagos, 66 years old, a retired car mechanic, started his journey in SYH back on January 2021. Since then, he fills the group with a strange combination of wisdom, laughter and tsipouro.
Laura is the youngest Trash Knights Member and past Corfu coordinator. A passionate, artistic and dynamic woman with deep love for nature.
Panagiotis is the coordinator of Peristeri local team. One of the oldest members of SYH and a precious sustainability advisor.