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Positive Leadership - Positive Change
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The “Positive Leadership - Positive Change" training course gathers together 29 youth leaders, Volunteers, trainers and youth field professionals from 9 different countries.This training course will provide an opportunity to explore Leadership as a force for positive personal and societal change. It will offer practical tools and an experiential learning journey supporting participants to engage with their own potential as leaders.Many young people report being disenchanted with what they see as a Society which is failing them. Increasing levels of youth unemployment, less job security, increased social tensions, fragmented communities and lack of appropriate support in life transitions can lead to young people feeling hopeless, directionless or even heading in a negative direction. However young people harbour the potential to make deep and wide contributions to a more positive sustainable future and in creating healthy resilient communities. In order for this to happen young people must be supported in stepping into their own strengths and qualities. They need to learn that Leadership can take many forms and that everyone has the potential to lead in their own unique way.This non-formal education project focuses on developing the competences needed to support young people to become leaders in their lives, communities and work, developing methods and tools to help them cultivate their own leadership style and on supporting them to recognise and utilise their resources and become an active force in society.We will use a range of non-formal methods including: large & small group work; team building activities; nature-based methods; storytelling; discussions; reflection and self-assessment. The TC will stimulate creativity, communication and active participation. In order for the learning to land we will embed reflection and evaluation into each session.Overall the sessions will use a non-formal and informal educational experiential approach, and participants will learn by doing. In order for the learning to land we will embed reflection and evaluation into the sessions. Dedicated reflection and evaluation sessions will be incorporated into the programme.The training course was designed according to the following objectives:Explore & develop the concept of Leadership as a route to positive social changeIntroduce & experience models of Positive Leadership which demonstrate the potential every individual has to take leadership in their own lives, projects or communitiesGain tools and resources that identify personal Leadership styles and support the emergence and expression of leadership in othersIdentify effective and creative methods to engage young people to be active in their lives and communitiesImprove knowledge about the Erasmus+ Youth Programme as a tool for improving the quality and enhancing the international dimension of youth work.Provide space for participants for discussion and sharing best practices and to develop their training skills and competences.At the end of the training course, our participants will be motivated to participate more actively in the lives of their organisations. They will be motivated and equipped to develop more projects with and for young people using a diverse set of competence development tools including: innovative leadership & leadership development models, resources & tools and coaching & personal development methods and will be better equipped to develop inner readiness and leadership in their lives and work. This will enable them to provide higher quality youth work due to their experience and use of different innovative & effective methods. Participants will actively learn about Youthpass and the Erasmus+ Programme.This training course will be experiential and based on an interactive and participative approach. Learning from each other and learning by doing will be central to the process, as will our programme, designed to inspire creativity, active participation and a safe and inspiring learning field. We believe that international cooperations in the youth field are very important for this and promote the mobility possibilities the Erasmus+ Programme offers to young people across Europe and aim to enhance transnational co-operations by giving the possibility to participants to develop their own project ideas.Additional longer term benefits include young people becoming and being more active in society, the increased recognition and quality of youth work in Europe, extended networks, developed partnership relationships and increased cultural awareness.The project will take place in Forres, Scotland, UK. It is an 8 day training course with 24 participants and 5 trainers/facilitators/experts/project coordinator and logistics assistants from the following countries: UK, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Czech Republic.
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