The Wellbeing of Youth Workers — Germany

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ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course

Venue: Garlstedt, Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany

Dates: 8—16 December 2022

National team size: 4 participants

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Hosting organisation: NaturKultur e.V.

Project description:

Being a youth worker is not an easy job, there are a lot of benefits of working with young people and helping them grow as individuals and discover new skills and competences, but there is also negative sides. The job comes with a lot of responsibilities that often come with a stress and crisis situations. This is why professional burnout is happening much more often in youth work comparing to other fields and that professional burnout often leads to lower quality of youth work or even changing of career by youth workers.

Youth workers are depending mostly on themselves and they need to deal alone with the challenges they are facing, with the emotions this challenges bring and with motivation being lost because of all of this. Since the youth workers don’t have the possibility to have someone supporting them every time there is a need for it, we believe that the solution can be developing competences with the youth workers and giving them tools how to improve their physical and mental health, to develop resilience, learn how to notice early and fight professional burnout and use their values to overcome challenges they face.

Project goals:

  1. Informing and Training participants about resilience, professional burnout and the emotional intelligence, in order to improve their physical and mental health.
  2. To develop a resilience among youth workers participating on the training course, in order to improve their job satisfaction and prevent brain drain from the youth work.
  3. To create space for sharing knowledge and exchanging experiences and good practices with the atmosphere of common understanding between youth workers.
  4. Increasing the knowledge and skills of youth workers from the 8 European countries.

Participants’ profile:

  1. 18+ years old
  2. Resident of one of the participating countries
  3. Participants should be youth workers who are beginners, who come from small or medium organisations, who are part of newly established associations, started working in youth centers recently or are working with youth through informal groups.
  4. Participants English language skills should be sufficient to actively participate on the mobility and work on the creation of new projects
  5. Previous experience in Erasmus+ is not obligatory, but participants should have interest in creating new partnerships and writing Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps

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