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'Hero's Journey' Developing Young Community Project Leaders
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

'Hero's Journey' Developing Young Community Project Leaders. This project is being hosted by the organisation The Benjamin Foundation Norfolk, facilitated by the internal project Breckland Youth Advisory Board. The Youth Advisory Board works with young people 11-19yrs empowering them within their community to have a voice in decisions that affect them working with adult professionals to commission services for their peers. This project is innovative and has attracted attention from others looking to develop similar practice. Young people currently involved in the Youth Advisory Board will share their skills and knowledge to support their international peers. Through positive relationships developed after a previous exchange in Holland on the topic of LGBT 'Are you any different' and sharing practice with Youth Workers in Albania and Holland it was identified that the need for Youth Voice and action is relevant to other countries. Further discussion resulted in an action plan to initiate this proposal to Erasmus and explore how this need could be addressed. The project will work with 30 young people from across three countries England, Albania and Holland aged 16-21yrs from a variety of backgrounds including LGBT and low economic backgrounds, empowering them to put their ideas into action, supporting them to develop the skills and knowledge to do this. This is a project that will empower young people to take responsibility within their respective countries to initiate new community projects that will address the identified needs of their peers. Participants in the exchange will develop the knowledge and understanding of process required to put their ideas into action. There will be informal education workshops covering all elements of Project Planning including but not exclusively - Identifying ideas and priorities, aims of the project, funding, health and safety, facilitating activities, leadership, evaluation and monitoring. Participants will identify their own strengths and weaknesses to enable them to identify what they can contribute to project development. Outdoor activities will be used to develop team work, communication, problem solving and overcoming fears. The impact of this project is that new activities will be put into action by young people for young people with youth work support, knowledge and guidance.
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