QUALITY, SUPPORT & PREPARATION – YOUTH WORKER BECOMES GROUP LEADER!

Andrea and Ismayil participated in the Training Course “Quality, support and Preparation – Youth worker becomes group leader!” in Estonia, organised by Seiklejate Vennaskond in August 2021. The project was funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme.

This is a report of their experience!

THE PROJECT

The main aim was to organize a training to raise the quality of youth exchanges by providing youth workers with necessary competences & tools to train group leader’s to support participants in each phase of the project.

The Training course involved 24 participants from 11 countries (Estonia, Italy, Greece, Poland, Cyprus, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, North Macedonia, Spain) for 9 days in August 2021. Participants were youth workers from organizations that are actively involved in organization activities and eager to gain new competences in group leading.

Together with our partners we wanted to improve the quality of youth exchanges by equipping our youth workers and group leaders with necessary set of skills to effectively support & mentor their group of young people in youth exchanges; support their learning process; prevent & manage crisis situations; recognise, support & include young people with fewer opportunities and use digital tools to support their work with young people. We wanted to create a common understanding of good quality youth exchange and the role of the group leaders so in the future our cooperation will be more effective and youth exchanges with better quality. With our project we wanted to create materials that will be innovative & accessible for all organizations and youth groups who want to improve their group leader’s skills in order to have better quality youth exchanges and better quality support for their youth.

OBJECTIVES

  • To create a common understanding about good quality youth exchange and the role of group leader among partners
  • To give partner organizations competences to train their local youth workers to be able to be group leaders in youth exchanges and support their group in preparation, implementation, follow-up and evaluation of youth exchange
  • To exchange good practices how to deal with conflicts and danger situations during youth exchanges and how to mediate them
  • To support group leaders to facilitate the learning process of participants
  • To create a common understanding of young people with fewer opportunities and give partners and their youth workers with necessary competences to guarantee the inclusion of these youngsters in international projects
  • To create an action plan how to support active participation of young people in youth exchanges with focus on inclusion of disadvantaged youth
  • To share good practices about digital tools that can be used for preparation and follow up phases of youth exchanges for better support of youth in international projects
  • To create supportive materials for organizations to use for group leader trainings and quality preparation of youth exchange participants

ACTIVITIES

Participants of the training worked together for 9 days using non-formal education as main tool. Activities included:

  • Get to know each other games
  • Teambuildings
  • Definitions of non-fomal education
  • Learning to learn
  • World Cafè
  • Problem and solution maps
  • Intercultural learning
  • Risk and crisis prevention
  • Support youth
  • Inclusion of youth with fewer opportunities
  • Discovering digital tools
  • Discovering Erasmus+ and its opportunities
  • Discovering cultures and heritages

Participants worked together on those topics and brainstormed on how to increase the quality of youth exchanges and how to boost the role of group leaders.

DISSEMINATION OF PROJECT RESULTS

Important part of the project was to share with other youth workers and with young people the results achieved thanks to the project.

That’s the reason why on October 11th Associazione Kora organised a workshop/infodesk in cooperatio with the Youth Centre “Centro Servizi Giovani” and “Corciano Young“, in Perugia, the main city of Umbria region.

The event was promoted and streamed live on Facebook, to reach everyone interested in the topic, both from the side of youth workers and young people. During the event, youth workers and volunteers of Kora shared their experiences with Erasmus+ funded project, as often people from Umbria region are not aware of all the opportunities that the programme offers. Moreover, it was an opportunity to underline the role of youth workers and the importance of non-formal education as a tool for learning, personal growth and inclusion.

Participants were really motivated and the discussion afterwards helped to clear out all the questions asked from the online and offline audience.

THANKS!

To Seiklejate Vennaskond for organising this great training that gave the opportunity to Kora’s participants to explore deeper the world of youth work.

Thanks to Centro Servizi Giovani and Corciano Young for the support in the organisation of the event.

And thanks to Andrea and Ismayil that chose to take this great learning opportunity!

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