A – HA: Active Healthy Attitude
Start date: Feb 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 31, 2015
We realized that usage and dependence of alcohol, drugs and smoking is one of the biggest issues in our societies among youngsters, this fact was also proved by the statistics and researches of the European Commission. As youth workers, youth leaders and young people, we are responsible of dealing with these problems, we have to raise awareness of the youngsters about what happens with them during the consummation of this kind of unhealthy drugs, and about the bad decision they made or can make when they started or start using it. All the youngster, as responsible citizens of their local communities and as citizens of Europe, are responsible for their health and each other's safety. Their behaviour has an influence on their community, their surroundings, and it starts with their families, friends, schoolmates, and neighbourhood. One of the biggest challenges for us as youth workers, youth leaders and young people is to offer alternatives, to motivate our target groups to fight against drugs and support them to learn becoming a useful part of their communities.
The overall aim of the partnership building seminar was to provide space and opportunity for youth workers, youth leaders of local youth organisations on supporting young people to become healthy citizens of Europe, sharing and exploring non – formal educational methods as youth leaders and peers against smoking and different type of drugs, foster their understanding concerning the importance of tools and techniques they can prepare and use among young people in order to motivate them making more sport, live healthier without smoking and alcohol.
The project A – HA: Active Healthy Attitude” - seminar was held in Lapua, Finland between 08 - 14 June 2015. We hosted 28 participants from Finland, Hungary, Romania, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom and Croatia. They were youth leaders, youth workers with experience in working with vulnerable youngsters, non-smokers and interested in healthy lifestyle.
The seminar was based on mainly on non-formal education. It was built up on elements of non–formal, informal and formal learning methods. The activities were based on the needs and expectations of participants. The project offered learner–centred and emphasized self–directed learning process. It assured self–assessment part and ensured several creative and participatory methods for participants as well. Several active methods and tools for participants in order to become active most of the time were provided by the experienced trainers' team. Participants worked individually, in pairs, in national and mixed groups. Methods used during the week: brainstorming, thought shower, creative writing, questioning, making interviews, montage, active listening, role plays, presentations, etc.
During the project we achieved to put together the A – HA! - an proposal booklet against smoking and alcohol usage of young people through methods, tools and techniques of local and international youth work. In order to share with the locals the learning outcomes and ideas we created posters, which are the proofs for achievement of the objectives of Health and Well – being of the European Youth Strategy in the town as good examples. During the week the participants made presentations from the laws and realities in the represented countries regarding to prevent and solve problems with alcohol, smoking and drugs in young age. These were collected and can be used by all the participants and promoters of the project, in order to help them in the future activities related to the topic. Sharing experience, getting to know each other's work better and the creativity of the gathered youth workers, youth leaders helped achieving a general overview of youth work activities in the represented countries against alcohol and smoking.
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