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DIY – Do It Yourself, Do It as a Youth-worker – creative solutions for unemployment among young artists
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Nov 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

International Seminar "DIY – Do It Yourself, Do It as a Youth-worker – creative solutions for unemployment among young artists” took place in village Wolimierz (Poland) from 13/09/ till 19/09/2015 In project were involved 14 Partner and Program Countries – Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine In Seminar participated 28 motivated youth workers, youth leaders , social workers actively engaged in activities of represented organizations (either as volunteer or stable worker). As up-to-date youth workers, being aware of needs, expectations of young artists, we are highly concerned about their employability. Youth employment is also one of the most urgent concerns in all countries across/outside EU and one of main goals of Erasmus+ program Quite often unemployment affects young artistic jobseekers more than others, due to specific nature of artistic labor market, poor awareness of entrepreneurship and little attention to development of social skills among young/future artists The main aim of Seminar was to exchange good practices and experiences. Through practical workshops, inspiring discussions – to make youth workers aware of what kind of mentoring and support young artists require so to develop capability for gaining/maintaining employment; Main objective was to discuss and share essential role of youth work in youth empowerment. We also aimed to define links between professional career and non-formal education Seminar was also concentrated on support of personal/professional development of youth workers, by improving their mentor /couch competences, discovering own strengths and gaps All the Seminar activities were carried out with methods of non-formal education, in the context of Self-directed learning. Namely, facilitated discussions, Practical workshops, Simulation/role games, Drama/theatre tools, Meetings, interactive presentations, Active observation, methodology “learning by doing” - all that provided participants with knowledge and skills on Entrepreneurial education, Youth empowerment, Self-empowerment etc All the activities were grouped into 3 thematic blocks: - “Do it by Yourself” Focus on “personal” development, youth worker as a strong personality with life-long learning approach - “Do it as a Youth worker” Focus on “professional” development, youth worker as mentor for young artistic job seekers - “Do it by Yourself, Do it as a Youth worker” Combination of that two approaches As result of Seminar participants created electronic Manual for Youth workers eager to support employability of young/future artists” containing advices, ideas, inspiring personal stories. Manual is on-line accessible on different internet resources (organizations’ web-pages, FB etc) Very comfortable version of Manual - that can be read as a book : Seminar made definitely positive impact on personal and professional development of participants: Youth workers became more skilled and experienced not only in Youth empowerment, Entrepreneurship for young artistic job seekers but also increased own sense of self-empowerment and self-entrepreneurship. Seminar definitely made positive impact on participants’ local societies. Youth workers, enriched with new competences came back home and naturally started “infecting” their youngsters with new ideas and share with organization colleges creative approaches. Now young jobseekers are getting significant support in a person of Youth worker – youngsters are becoming more “brave” to go on job interviews, open to take new courses/gain new skills. Youngsters are also getting more interested in mobility opportunities of Erasmus + program. Follow-up activities organized by participated youth workers – workshop-presentation inside organisations and workshops for local young artists. Success of follow-up activities can be proved by the fact that young artists that participated in follow-up activities decided to create and apply Youth Exchange "Let's get ART-CENTERed and SELF-EMPLOYed ! " - that is based on the achievements of Seminar
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