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Coaching Lab
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Jul 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Coaching Lab" was the training course organized by NGO Noorteühendus Life Zone, and took place in Pärnu, Estonia 17-25th of May, 2015. 23 participants from 12 countries, including experienced international training team. The training course was specially designed for youth workers interested in coaching and using the coaching methods in the work of their organizations. Coaching is training or development process via which individual is supported while achieving a specific personal or professional competence, result or goal is an important component of effective functioning of NGO in supporting of young people. Individual work with using the coaching methods inside an organisation, as well as work with local communities, can increase the quality of NGOs' work generally and have direct influence on the target groups organisations work with. At the same time, we face a problem that youth workers representing NGOs which work for local communities, have lack of coaching skills in their work. First of all, it is caused by the reason that youth workers are not aware about importance of these coaching skills. And as a result, they are not able to use it in their work. Moreover, it is caused by lack of professional coaches and coaching trainers which are ready to share their knowledge and experience with youth workers, which in a way comes from lack of proper non-formal education, missing international cooperation in this field and supporting system between NGOs around Europe. The objectives of the Coaching Lab training course were: - To learn about importance of coaching skills in youth work; - To gain coaching skills, knowledge how to use different techniques and methods in individual coaching in order to guide and mentor youth workers, NGO members, volunteers and other target groups; - To practice different coaching techniques and methods; - To increase the quality of NGOs' work in local communities and inside their own organizations; - To establish partner relationships between organizations and create the support system; - To promote and learn about opportunities for young people and youth organizations in frame of Erasmus+ Programme; - To plan the activities for future cooperation between the organizations. The training team facilitated the learning process in the way that participants could become proficient and create results through awareness and practice. One without the other is insufficient. This is why during the training course the combination and the balance of theory and practice was essential, we combined everything that comes from the awareness level with direct actions that stimulate constant practice. To achieve this, the training team introduced several approaches, such as: experiential learning, methods and theories on group dynamics, Transaction Analysis, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Strategic Intervention and Human Needs Psychology (Antony Robbins). Being experienced in media field, hosting organization introduced media tools for working with coaching, either to show and to share through videos successful performances and knowledge, of others from the field of coaching or in order to reflect on what we are practicing during the days. On a personal level the result of the training is measured in participants identifying and showing up all their core qualities and willingness to be able to perform all different approaches available, through their own unique style. Additionally to this, a result can be a long lasting confidence, while interacting with others, which will bring them to their desired outcomes with much less effort than before. The organisational results of the training can be that we started an active coaching process in the partner organisations, and started build a strong platform of organisations, that operate based on same standards, values and understanding. Another result is in joining forces and applying together for further projects, to look for possibilities to cooperate with each other in the future. The info page of the event was here https://lifezonelab.wordpress.com

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