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The Art of Mind Lines
Start date: Sep 30, 2016, End date: Jan 29, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The international project - "The Art of Mind Lines" is a two-level ERASMUS+ project that follows the logical frame - starting with giving tools for working on personal development, continued by giving instruments of empathic communication, aiming at improving peacebuilding attitudes and skills through the self-development process. The projects contains 2 levels of Training Courses:1. Training Course - "Make things happen" (date 21-26 July, 2016)Personal development is a lifelong process. It’s a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realize and maximize their potential. Early life development and early formative experiences within the family, at school, etc. can help to shape us as adults, personal development should not stop later in life. This project is designed to help youth workers to think about their personal development and ways in which they can work towards goals and their full potential.2. Training Course - ""Empathy for change" (date 20-25 October, 2016)During the training we will provide participants frames and tools of empathic communication & conflict transformation, that they can use first of all for their personal life, and secondly to improve their social work and engagement. Empathic communication focuses on three aspects of communication: self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one's own inner experience), empathy (defined as listening to another with deep compassion), and honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself authentically in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others). During the project will be analyzed dynamics of conflicts, but they will not be approached directly neither politically. Participants will get some keys and will be offered new perspectives with which to look and work on them, on their own, all lifelong. Through the words of those that are dedicating or have dedicated part of their life to conflict resolution, participants will get extremely useful instruments of challenges and achievements in peacebuilding. This 2 level project helps to identify the skills needed to set life goals which can raise the confidence of young participants, enhance their employability prospects, develop their communication skills, how they relate with themselves & others and will lead to a more fulfilling, higher quality life. Plan to make relevant, positive and effective life choices and decisions for their future to enable personal empowerment.Main aims & objectives of the project:• To stimulate the self-development process of young participants;• To assist them to “get out of the box”, enlarge their “comfort zone”, maximize their creativity and see themselves and everything around as a possibility;• To give the tools of empathic communication and conflict transformation for their daily life and work;• To get intercultural experience by meeting with the representatives of different countries, cultures, backgrounds, religions, practice tolerance and break stereotypes & prejudices;• To build meaningful relations and future cooperation on the basis of this project under Erasmus+;• To increase employability and participation of youth, develop professional skills of youth workers and increase their efficiency;• To improve the quality of local and international youth work.The team of trainers working on this project have a huge background in this field and have been implementing many projects for youth workers around the world. The methodology is based on learning by doing, which refers to the process of making meanings from direct experience. The method has been implemented by the concepts of learning by thinking and learning by loving. Learning by thinking denotes the action of reflecting on the process going on, in order to get knowledge from it. Finally, learning by loving expresses the importance given to motivation and passion that enrich the learning experience. The methodology is based on the concepts of developing and challenging individuals and groups through a creative stimulation that connects objective contents with personal experience and internalization. The exercises (called ‘processes’) may involve talking, while in another participants will be listening or visualizing certain thoughts. Exercises will be provided in combination with music, dance or play. There are inside and outdoor processes.The project will be implemented in 2 different venues: 1st stage in Adamov, Czech republic, and the second stage in mountain towns of Georgia - Bakuriani. Both stages bring together 38 youth workers per each training (including trainers, support stuff and those with fewer opportunities) from following 8 countries: Czech Republic, Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Spian, Italy, Poland
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