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Mindful coaching in youth work
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jul 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

‘Mindful coaching in youth work’ is a 6-day training course which will take place in Nowy Sacz, Poland on 9-16 October 2016. The mobility will gather 27 youth workers, youth leaders, community development officers, facilitators, trainers, mentors, etc. from 12 different countries across Europe: United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Spain, Turkey, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Belgium and Poland.The main aim of the project is to develop the capacities of youth work practitioners in using coaching as an effective guidance, motivation and empowerment tool. Through developing basic knowledge and skills in coaching attendees will then be better prepared to support young people and help in building their resilience, especially for the job market. In order to achieve the aim, the following project objectives have been set:- To analyse present-day situation around Europe concerning young people and support provided towards facilitating their mobility in the job market. - To train youth work practitioners in the use of basic coaching tools that can be applied directly within career coaching sessions and leading to greater empowerment of young people and building their overall resilience. - to develop competences in assessing young people’s well-being so as to appropriately apply the tools to the their personal and professional development.- To provide open and friendly environment for the exchange of further tools and best practices used by the partner promoters and their participants when supporting young people towards employability.- To plan follow-up steps in order to ensure transfer of learning forward beyond the programme.- To facilitate networking between partner promoters and the development of strategies for the future joint projects focused on coaching, youth guidance and support.Methodology of the activities will be based on the principles of non-formal education such as experiential learning, cooperative learning, shared responsibility, etc. These will be enriched with numerous practical examples of tools, methods and projects that have brought about change and success in the subject area.Overall, we hope that the course will help to create wide impact on the participants, partner promoters organisations and, most importantly, young people themselves. This will include:- Developing better understanding of the issues related to youth unemployment and gaining practical skills in addressing these - Refreshing knowledge and/or learning about the existing coaching tools - Development of participants competences to apply coaching in everyday youth work (career coaching in particular)- Creation of new international projects and partnerships aimed at supporting young people in their personal and professional development- Greater resilience of youth work practitioners to work with young people, especially those with fewer opportunities and affected by prolonging periods of unemployment- Getting more young people into employment or training (particularly those disadvantaged ones, insecure, without concrete or any educational background, etc.);- Changing young people’s perspectives regarding the job search. Here: greater resilience applied, healthier perspectives developed, positive attitudes, openness to challenges and treating these as opportunities, etc.

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