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Youth Leaders Across Borders
Start date: Jul 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

1. The ‘Youth Leaders Across Borders’ project is a strategic partnership in the field of youth, led by 4 high quality youth leadership organisations from the UK, Germany, Sweden, and Poland. The project is led by StreetGames in the UK - a national youth sports charity. The other three participant organisations are BSJ based in Brandenburg in Germany; SISU based in Vastergotland and Varmland in Sweden and V4S which works across Poland. 2. This two year project will create an innovative training resource to improve the transversal and leadership skills of young people, particularly those with fewer opportunities. The 4 participant organisations are specialists in grassroots sports for youth, and each organisation has developed successful youth leader training programmes. 3. The focus is on promoting healthy behaviours through the practice of grassroots sport. The 6 module training resource enables young leaders to promote healthy behaviours to their peers. In addition, the project will focus on engaging more disadvantaged young females as new leaders, and ensuring that both youth and sport workers and the young people gain an international understanding from the training.4. The new training resource will improve and add value to the best existing modules from the 4 participant organisations through transnational cooperation, and create new modules about gender and internationalisation. 5. The new training resource is targeted at over 2000 organisations that deliver youth leadership training. Initially, these will be the organisations in the networks of the 4 participant organisations. Beyond this initial goal, the project dissemination plan will reach thousands of organisations across the EU that want to provide disadvantaged youth with access to innovative and informal learning that develops soft transversal skills that are advantageous in the labour market. The resources will be in 5 languages.6. The transnational significance of this project is very important, as it adds value to best practice in four different countries to create a unique and important new training resource that will stimulate young people to be active. Levels of physical activity are dropping across Europe leading to a public health crisis, especially for young people with fewer opportunities. 7. The project will bring together the four participant organisations five times to develop and test the training resource. A robust evaluation plan will ensure that a number of methods are used to determine the success of the new training modules and ensure that the project is kept on track.8. The project will produce important results. A new open resource website will be created, which details all of the results of the project, including free access to the new training resource. The results will impact on the pedagogy of the training programmes of the four participant organisations, and the target group organisations in their networks and beyond. 9. The results will be disseminated to higher and further education, NGO’s and strategic organisations in the 4 countries to impact on their policies for informal youth leader training. 10. In the longer term, youth leadership training in healthy behaviours will be modernised and successfully delivered by a large number of institutions in the four participating countries and beyond. Thousands of disadvantaged young people will develop new leadership skills through this new training course which will generate a long term leadership impact. Young women with fewer opportunities will be more engaged in leadership roles. 11. The project will positively impact on the views of young people in understanding their lives in a wider international context, promoting more mobility, intercultural dialogue, and increased participation in European democratic life. Their leadership work will have positive health benefits for tens of thousands of their peers. The multiplier effect potential is a very exciting aspect of this important project.
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