JUMP – Gioventù in riSalto

JUMP is a cultural organization born in Calabria in 2012 from the will of a team of young adults who studied and worked years out of the region Calabria with the same common interest in Europe, its functioning, institutions and values. Coming back to the native land they discovered that many things could have been done to improve the situation and be active players in the wider European framework. Calabria is a beautiful territory, with charming natural places, the Ionian sea and long sandy beaches, high mountains, lovely hills and historical hamlets. 

On the other hand, the region is poor and underdeveloped with two main problems: youth unemployment and depopulation. 

JUMP wants to solve especially these problems through the development of opportunities of networking, learning and growing. 

JUMP works at the international level remaining reliable to the local valorisation and it’s involved in a permanent activity of project design and management. 

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JUMP’s mission is to give a strong value to the “Youth Spirit” we all should have inside to react and take action. That’s why the second name is “Gioventù in riSalto” that literally means “highlight youth”. While JUMP as the first “keyword” wants to express the launch we should do towards life, all along life. 

JUMP has the long term vision that what is international can have an impact on the local and develop social innovation. People make the difference and it’s their union which can bring a positive change. 

Thanks to an intensive work of relationship building, international cooperation and continue learning on EU topics, JUMP matured an almost 10 years experience in:

  • EU project design and management, especially in the topics of social entrepreneurship, social innovation, cultural studies in business, cultural heritage, green economy/ecology, circular economy, innovation in education and game-based learning;
  • Teachers training on many topics which are the result of a continuous research of experts and teacher trainers;
  • Organization of events;
  • Web-design and web-content production
  • Video-making
  • Social media dissemination and marketing

Pietro Curatola

JUMP Founder, President and Legal Representative

Team Leader

I’ll sleep when i’m dead
– Jon Bon Jovi song

Graduated from Modena University in business economics, Pietro has been working for 16 years in Emilia Romagna in the field of business development and access to finance. During the “Modena period”, when he was 30, he lived a small 6 months parenthesis in London attending an English course and working at the same time. In 2012, feeling inside the deep sense of belonging to the South and understanding that the family needed him, he decided…

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to come back to Soverato (CZ) aware that, with the competencies and experience gained, he could have been an active player at the local level. At the end of the same year, he founded JUMP Gioventù in riSalto and started to train himself in the field of Project Design and Management, applying for grants and monitoring EU funding programs, upgrading himself, and networking. He attended a 5 months high-level master’s in Rome and a specific course in Cosenza. In 2013 – 2014 JUMP was soon awarded the first EU projects and it started a period of intensive activities, training, and mobilities in Italy and abroad. Now is still JUMP President and engine, organizing events, training, and being also a private consultant for potential young entrepreneurs.

Erika Gerardini

JUMP Trainer, Project Designer and

Team Leader

Education means to believe in change
– Paulo Freire

2002-2003 One year Erasmus studies in Càceres, Spain including a working experience in Barcelona. 2005. Graduated in foreign languages and international communication at Parma University, Erika started soon to work in the field of international youth mobility and European projects in Rome during the civil service by AFSAI, Associazione per la Formazione e gli Scambi Culturali (2003-2004). Through AFSAI Erika travelled around…

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Europe (as Team Leader for young people and young adults) and also in Latin America (Costa Rica) as responsible for an important project on violence against women and gender balance in Eu society.

One of the main important working experiences for her has been afterwards, from 2005, by the FNG Forum Nazionale Giovani (The National Youth Council), for 3 years as an international officer, project designer, and trainer. She could approach how it works as an important institution depending directly on the Government being involved in international European events, training and long term processes of cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world. Erika was uncharged to write EU projects and meetings also with Africa and Latin America. In 2008 Erika founded, with a close group of colleagues, AIM Agency for Interculture and Mobility in Rome which in 2009 was awarded a long-term contract by the Italian Representation of the European Commission in Italy. In 2010 Erika started to work inside the secretary’s office of the Spazio Europa, the European Public Space of the European Commission in Rome. From 2010 to 2014 worked at different levels organizing training, as a trainer herself, implementing EU granted projects, always creating new synergies and ideas to apply for the call for proposals.

In 2014 she met Pietro Curatola in Rome and for love, she left the “eternal capital” moving to Soverato (CZ) with the same aim of being an active player at the local level and bringing social innovation thanks to her experience at the European level. She coordinates JUMP with Pietro and the staff and implements projects, training, events, and educational activities for youth, teachers, and the whole community.

Since 2015 trainer and didactic responsible for all JUMP training (Erasmus Plus catalogue) coordinating experts and trainers on the different topics. Thanks to the meeting with Pietro Curatola, Erika could also experience another kind of project, more complex and structured, with direct and indirect funds. Referring to Project Design and Management Erika coordinated a long-term project K2020 (VET sector) titled “SO-VET: social entrepreneurship as an alternative for unemployed youth” contributing to the creation of important intellectual outputs and training young NEETs of Calabria in gaining entrepreneurial competences.

Thanks to successful project design and teamwork, Erika is involved in many projects, as coordinator, or trainer, or content creator.

Ylenia Azzaro

Social media manager


“A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step”
– Lao Tzu

Graduated at Modena University in “Languages for Enterprise Communication and International Organizations” in 2017. She has a great passion for intercultural contexts and international exchanges. During her academic career, thanks to the Erasmus Project, she…

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had the opportunity to spend six months in Zaragoza (Spain) developing social and intercultural skills. She started to work as a translator for a European Translation Center in Modena (2017) and then she decided to come back to Calabria to work for a Tour Operator company in Soverato, developing communication and managerial skills.

In 2018, she participated in the National Civil Service project, working as a volunteer for the Employment Office in Soverato. During this period, she worked as a teacher for a Language School in Catanzaro. She currently works with JUMP Association in the field of Erasmus Plus, as a Social Media Manager and Administrative Support. She also collaborates as trainer for Experience Italy, Outdoor Learning and Outdoor Education courses.

She’s a very open-minded person, always ready for new challenges and adventures!

Enriko Ceko


M.O.T.H.E.R. senior

“Most of people
wait for the bus …”

Enriko Ceko was born on 29th September 1965, in Tirana, Albania. He has graduated from the Agronomy Faculty and Economy Faculty (Agriculture University of Tirana 1989 and 1996), Faculty of Law (University of Tirana 2002). He has MBA from Tirana University…

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Faculty of Economy and Nebraska Lincoln University, a common MNA project (2002). He holds a PhD diploma in Management (Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana 2005). He has about 31 years working experience and about the same experience lecturing, specialized with about 45 training courses (Albania, USA, UK, Israel, Germany, Austria), etc. He is Head of Economics and Management Department, at University College “Qiriazi”, lecturer at University College “Wisdom”, Senator of World Business Angels and Investments Forum and Lecturer at WBAF Business School, Global Entrepreneurship Department, Humanitarian Ambassador of International Peace Association for Albanian Nation, President of Conservative Academy, Executive Director of Albanian Center for Sustainable Development, Executive Director of Albanian Center for Waste Recycling. He is the author of around 5000 articles and over 35 scientific journal articles, participating in more than 70 international scientific conferences, author of “Total Quality Management” Book, “Quality Management Tools” Monographs, “100 years of economic, trade and business relations between UK and Albania” book, “Managing Agribusiness Firms” book, “Managing Hotel & Tourism” book, “Academic writing” book, “Business and Administrative communication” book, “Small theatre, big theatre” book, etc. His work focuses on lecturing (mainly economics and managerial disciplines), public and private organizations consultancy, ISO Standards included, heading several NGO’s, as well as participating in civic society activities, etc.

Francesco Tirinato



“There is no favorable wind for the sailor who doesn’t know where to go” – Seneca

Francesco graduated from the University “La Sapienza di Roma” in Sociology, specialising in management and coordination of social policies, with a specific focus on planning and design of the territorial social services system. In 2015, he participates with a group of…

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researchers from the Department of Social and Economic Sciences (coordinated by the professorship of “Welfare Systems in Europe”) in a research aimed at reconstructing the governance of social services in Rome, including the relationships between the various territorial Welfare networks and the European Union.

The following year, he carried out a training internship at the Socio-Educational Directorate of the Fifth Municipality of Rome, working alongside the head of Social Services at the working tables of the Department of Social Policy, Subsidiarity and Health on the new Area Social Plans.

During the whole period of collaboration he developed a keen interest in the numerous activities promoted within the Europe Offices, responsible for the management and coordination of European Union Programming policies on the Roman territory.

Since 2017 he has been a freelance facilitator for European projects in the association and non-profit sector.

Since 2019 collaborates with the association Euphoria at Spazio Europa, managed by the Office in Italy of the European Parliament and the Representation in Italy of the European Commission. She carries out as Team leader non-formal activities for young students focused on various topics, including: active European citizenship, future of the EU, environment and sustainability in Europe, alternating school-work etc.

As of 2021 she joins the big Jump family.

Sonia Simpatico

Trainer on Outdoor Education


“When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… The teacher will disappear.” -Tao Te Ching

Sonia is a trainer in process to specialize herself in the field of Outdoor education, Outdoor learning and ECO-schooling. She is deeply exploring informal education also because with her daughter she’s been practicing homeschooling. 2020 she started a forest school project, where…

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her mission is to (re) connect children to nature by experiencing it in all its nuances and elements with their 5 senses.
Sonia achieved a bachelor in economics & management and has run her company since 2016, offering to her customers translations, training and business support services. She worked as trainer and personal developer in a Swiss bank and by the Swiss Post. In Germany she worked as a sales executive in real estate and in a multimedia content developer company.