Youth Participation in ACTion!
Start date: May 1, 2015,
End date: Sep 30, 2015
Mobility of youth workers - Programme Countries
Countries: 27 youth workers from Croatia, Greece, Romania, Spain, FYROM, Turkey, Italy, United Kingdom.
Venue: Samobor, Croatia
Empowering young people has become vital in this modern society. Young people need to be able to express themselves through creative methods in order to be an active citizen and to make a valuable contribution to their communities. Development, empowerment and education were highlighted by all partners as methods to tackle this problem.
Our training programme was:
- exploring participants understanding of Creativity, Empowerment and Learning and also to understand how it relates to the Youth Strategy “Investing and empowering young people”.
- sharing and developing methods and tools in order to enhance the creativity of young people using theater and creativity as tools for non-formal and informal learning
- practicing empowerment of young people in order to make them aware of their own values and competences.
- supporting young people exploring their own personalities and strengths and to help to implement a creative learning plan
- sharing realities, tips and hints how youth workers can share good practice and develop a new model for this work
- planing local and international youth projects on empowerment, creativity and entrepreneurship for, by and with young people according to the proposals of Erasmus + programme.
Participants from programme countries was selected to participate in the training programme. The selection process was open to all partner organisations and via an applications participants we asked to demonstrate their interest, willingness to be an active player and enthusiasm for the methodology.
The programme consisted of discussions, experimentation and practicing. It was run by experienced practitioners and trainers.
As a final result, participant created 4 forum theater plays,all of them are already uploaded on YouTube and promoted in all social groups in Facebook and twitter.
Methods included: Theater techniques, self – assessment, small group work, theater, visual mapping, natural art, evaluation techniques and self reflection.
Our training course was based on the methodology of non – formal education.
Formal; non formal and informal learning was also included during the programme.
As as result of participation, workers gained new the skills and knowledge to:
- enhance the creativity of young people using theatre and creativity as tools for non-formal and informal learning
- understand the role of empowerment and to be able to support young people exploring their own personalities and strengths and to help to implement creative learning plans.
- develop a new model for this work and provide a framework for implementation in their community.
- plan local and international youth projects using empowerment, creativity and entrepreneurship for, by and with young people.
- develop greater cultural awareness and strengthen intercultural relationships.
The legacy of this innovative intervention will be the implementation of models of good practice within participating organisations and the potential sharing of good practice within local, regional and international youth setting.
Our project was promoting a common framework for aspirational creative empowerment techniques.
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