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Pride Without Prejudice
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 28 Feb 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

With the gradual multiculturalization of Europe and current migrant crisis, youth workers and organizations across Europe face everyday challenge of understanding and supporting young people coming from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The added challenge rises up when youth workers face the invisible minority within these groups – Young People of diverse sexual and gender identities. Therefore, organizations now have to operate in context where sexual/gender identity and ethnic/cultural affiliation are sometimes in conflict, and they need to develop appropriate skills that will allow them to effectively support this group of Young people. Youth workers and different community organizations play a crucial role in creating diverse and inclusive environments that support integration of young people coming from diverse ethnic/cultural backgrounds and sexual/gender identities. In order to do that, they need to cultivate new capacities and nurture intersectional approach when supporting young people coming from these backgrounds. We found that there is a need to raise awareness of sexual/gender identity & cultural/ethnical diversity and how they intersect when working with young people. But there is a greater need for cooperation on a European level between organizations working on these topics, and need to share, learn and develop sustainable approaches in tackling these issues. The overall aim is to improve capacities and empower youth workers to work effectively and respectfully at the intersection of sexual/gender identity and culture/ethnical diversity.Furthermore this TC aims to develop the skills necessary to engage with individuals different from themselves with an open mind by accepting diversity and encouraging young people in their capacity to do the same.In order to reach that aim, we formulated following objectives:• To raise (self) awareness and understanding of sexual/gender identity & cultural/ethnic diversity • To recognise and challenge stereotypes that exist in European societies • To promote Intercultural learning• To support participants in cultivating capacities that are transferable to their own environment• To explore and develop soft skills and competences in combining both sexual/gender and cultural diversity perspectives • To create space for sharing good practices around sexual/gender identity and ethnic/cultural diversity• To support participants in identifying common challenges, opportunities and solutions in this area of work • To learn more about the Erasmus+ program and its actions, and provide space for creating new partnerships and new projectsTraining course will take place in Belgium, from 20.11.2016 to 26.11.2016. We will gather 28 participants from: Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Armenia, Bulgaria, Poland, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Croatia, Azerbaijan and Romania.Training activities will be based on non-formal and informal education, with an inclusive and norm-critical approach. The working methods will include: working in pairs and small groups, discussion, sharing, intercultural activities, workshops developed by the participants, role plays, theatre techniques, visualisation, theory and practice, exploring the local reality, reflection.Participants in this training course will be youth workers and professionals who already work in the area of sexuality and cultural diversity and/or want to learn more about good practices at the intersection of sexual/gender identity and cultural/ethnic diversity.Training course will support professional development of participants by increasing their practical skills to work with diverse group of young people (including sexual/gender and cultural/ethnic minorities). Participants will develop better understanding of political, cultural and social realities that influence one’s sexual/gender identity and how it interconnects with their cultural and ethnic background. Participants will also increase their awareness on how their own personal beliefs, attitudes and social identity affect their work with young people coming from different cultural/ethnic background and sexual/gender identity. By being part of multicultural environment, participants will be able to identify common values and issues they are facing when supporting young people, despite coming from different countries and cultural backgrounds. This will offer them with the opportunity to build networks and international contacts and develop new projects under ERASMUS+ umbrella.
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