Venue: Lednice, Czech Republic
Dates: 20.-27. October 2016
Participants: 3 per country
Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: Training Course
Participating countries: Armenia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, , Italy, Moldova, Slovakia, Turkey
Participant’s profile: youth workers working directly with unemployed youth. The participants should be more than 25 years old. Please see also the info-pack for further info.
Within the ERASMUS+ programme there are food, accommodation and activities fully covered from the Erasmus+ grant and arranged by organisers. Participants will be also reimbursed their travel costs up to the limit – please see the info-pack.
The Erasmus+: Mobility for youth workers “Creating your own working future” is based on the current societal need to empower young people to be pro-active in searching for a job and to be flexible and creative. The base of being pro-active and creative is inner leadership: a strong personality which can carry the responsibility to rely on yourself and to make conscious decisions based on one´s own feelings and thoughts. We strongly believe that empowering young people through the process of inner leadership leads to increased employability.
‘Selling yourself’ is an often heard expression. But if you know yourself very well and you know what’s motivating you, then you’re closer to your personal core, and then you follow your own strong instinct instead of ‘selling yourself’. There’s a strong need of guiding young people to discover and use tools when they areapplying for their future job. It is important for young people to receive more than only knowledge and tailor-made information. They are really conducted by a personal touch: a good talk with an accessible, authentic and open minded youth worker who gives the youngster the feeling of recognition by taking their questions seriously. This encouragement from youth workers works as a reference for the young people to build a solid base of confidence for future experiences.
The main aim of this training course is to enable youth workers to get to know themselves better and this self-knowledge will serve them better in helping the youth they work with in finding a job. The youth workers are perfectly positioned to directly apply their learning to their work with young people after this training course.
This training course will be based on non-formal and informal education with a selfdirected learning approach. We will focus on our main objectives: to support participants in becoming more aware of themselves; to provide them with tools to support youths through a similar process; to discover the new Erasmus+ programme and its actions as a tool of supporting the objectives of this training. The training course will be characterized as highly participatory, interactive and by using experiential methods. The working methods will include case studies, working in pairs and small groups, team building activities, discussions, workshops developed by the participants and self-assessment.
Project’s results: A very important part of this project’s results are ‘good actions’ – a very concrete plans connected to the needs of participants’ organisations and communities that participants implemented once they had come back from the project. Here are some examples of those good actions:
Esra: ‘My good action was focusing to myself. I can not say i am done. It is really long process. But i can say i successed to say myself which is i never want to hear. Sometimes, conscious abandonment requires greater power than fighting desperately. We must reconcile with all the emotions and keep continue, including the frustrations. At least i learned this.’
Kristiine: ‘My good action was to find practice places, and I did. I did my practices exactly in the places i was hoping to. I just finished one an hour ago, so I’m really full of mixed emotions. Happy, sad, thankful ect.. And on Monday it will be the last day of the other practice. It seems everything went really well, I’m sad to leave but hoping to maybe start working with them one day. I did my practice in a security center of Tallinn’s children. There are youngsters with alcohol and drug problems. I was in younger boy’s department. I really enjoyed every day i was with them and they are very sweet guys there. Seems like they liked me too, at least feedback is great.’
Gayanne: ‘Today we are really very active in our Group. This two days I have trainings with our partner organisations from different countries in one of the most beautiful cities of Armenia – Tsaghkadzor. I presented very successful presentation with my colleague and also we should prepare two team building activity for the group. And I use the activity with flipcharts that we should turn it staying on the paper. Of course no one could do that, but I have guess the right way of doing that activity.’
Matteo: ‘My good action was to volunteer three times at the red cross, and I did it!!! It was not so easy to find the time because I was busy on writing my dissertation and preparing for the graduation, but I did my best to complete my good action.’
Eva: ‘At the training I planned to finish my article (and I am still working on it). But my action changed after my return. Since my comeback to work I had 5 trainings, where I was a trainer – 3 in corporation and 2 at university and in every training I used activities and everything what I learnt from Eva & Dominique but also everything what I learnt from everyone (as I said everyone of you inspired me 🙂 I used energizer from Gaya, activity with tree or passion and the feedback from participants in my training were great. But most for all I had one group and my colleagues who had training with group before me were complaining about the group, that they were not cooperating, without team spirit. Last Friday I had communication training with them and I was really scared how it would be, but after all it was amazing group and we enjoyed the time during training.’
Jakub: ‘I would like to inform you how it goes with my ‘Good Action’ which was writing EVS accreditation form for organisation I am working for. Well, the form itself is more or less prepared (just two or three fields are still waiting to be filled in), but now there is some problem with accommodation for volunteers (we are not able to find a suitable and affordable place for that). I’m afraid that if we won’t be able to solve this, we will have to skip the process and thus won’t be able to receive any volunteers… Nevertheless – at least now I know ow to fill in the EVS accreditation form and that’s great!’