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“Be a change maker : developing responseAbility for positive change – A training course for youth workers about finding a response to the global challenges of the 21st century”
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Jan 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Training Course “Be a change maker : developing responseAbility for positive change – A training course for youth workers about finding a response to the global challenges of the 21st century” is necessarily because many (young) people are disillusioned about the possibility to create meaningful and purposeful responses to all these challenges. They are disconnected and/or marginalized from nature, society, politics and economics. At the same time, it is the young generation who will have to address and adapt to the unfolding consequences in the future. What they need is empowerment and inspiration to craft meaningful responses. A better vision on our own personal and professional journey – where we are coming from and where we are headed, as well as accepting and claiming responseAbility for our own and societal development is called for.With this training course we create a space for building that responseAbility through reflection on our concerns and passions as well as becoming more conscious of our personal learning process. We believe that gaining a deeper understanding of who we are and what we can do for others is an empowering process which can lead to positive changes for the future of society.Moreover it is necessary that youth workers know how they can support young people in facing their own challenges and thereby continue to grow as a person. After the training, participants will be able to lead young people in their organisations and communities through a personal learning journey to craft and find powerful and meaningful responses to the sustainability challenges of the 21st century.The objectives are : • to explore the concepts of responseAbility, positive change and active hope • to explore acceptance, gratitude, hope and compassion in order to improve our abilities to develop our responses • to raise awareness of our identity through reflecting on our challenges, concerns, talents and passions • to encourage a learning mindset which realizes that everything is possible• to stimulate the creativity, vulnerability, confidence and resilience of the participants• to encourage and serve the participants in planning their learning process also after the training course and also implement with their target groups• to learn more about the Erasmus+ program and its actions, and Youth pass as a tool of recognition of the key competences.This training course will be based on non-formal and informal education with a self-directed learning approach. That means that the participants are responsible for their own learning and the facilitators provide activities and guide the participants through their own learning process. The training course will be characterised by highly participatory, interactive and experiential methods.The main direct dessimination will be a good action from every participants after he/she returned back home and put the things he/she learned in practise. The participant can enrich their environment, in particular their organisation, because these ‘good actions’ will be inspired by the needs which were mentioned by the partners before the application of the project. The good actions are one of the evaluation tools and will be a part of the final report. The youth workers also initiate a project which will be an investment in their own organisation. They look for cooperation with other organisations, represented during this TC by other participants. They are try to start an international project concerning a topic about sustainability.Already during the project the evaluation process will play an essential role in the learning process. Participants will meet everyday to discuss the progress of learning as well as group integration and group dynamics. There will also be a final evaluation of the project during the last day of training: besides a visible evaluation the participants will be asked to fill the questionnaire and evaluate the project, content, methods and trainers. The project will also be spread by publications, Facebook and other European networks.
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