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YW-Youth Culture and Creativity
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Apr 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Youth Culture and Creativity (YCC) project will brought together people, who are working as youth workers, youth volunteers or mentors from partner countries to explore youth work, best practice, cultural learning and teaching. The project provided youth workers with a enhanced set of skills that they have would be able to test during the project and that they can apply in their partner countries. In doing so they will be able to deliver more innovative arts and crafts based youth work that motivates young people to be creative, and better understand cultural and at the same time increase their social, personal and employability/ Work skills The YCC partnership is comprised of partners from Norway (Lead), UK, Poland, Romania and Turkey (host) Our project outcome was to ensure that the 44 youth work participants can after completion of the project go on to develop and enhance their youth work skills and in doing so enhance youth work provision in their home countries,. The project will also give them a taste of EU working and the desire to develop future EU youth projects to tackle common problems. This project has been designed to support youth workers, by developing their understanding of youth work, by enabling them to develop specific youth work activities and their skills. There is a great shortage of skilled and experienced youth work. This project through a weeks intensive course enabled youth workers to understand theories and test out practical learning through group work and peer teaching. It also enabled our participants to understand how youth work is delivered in other countries and the best way to inform local politicians in order to facilitate positive youth work provision for young people. This project also empowered youth workers, youth trainers and youth mentors with an understanding of how traditional arts and crafts skills that are being eroded by the modern world and new technologies and in doing so enabling our young people to re-connect with culture and own eritage in a way that is more relevant to them. This also gave our participants and subsequent young people the opportunity to explore the wider world of cultural heritage and of intergenerational learning, allowing them to reconnect with the wider community. Applicant: Kristiansand Kommune Fritidsetaten øst organization with experience of running local youth projects. We have been established for many years and have undertaken a variety of activities that support local youth to tackle local problems. We engage with disadvantaged young people helping them to address the barriers they face and contribute to society. UK, Praxis Europe, an experienced youth work partner with experience of youth focused EU projects Turkey, Initially the host partner was a Secondary school providing youth work opportunities for youth workers to volunteer and support students creatively. The partner withdrew from the project and was replaced. Permission was sought from the NA in the first instance. The new partner has been listed on teh Mobility Tool, the Distance for the new partners location has changed the flight distance bands for the lead applicat from 530 to 360, this has meant that we have had to use our own organisational resources considering the price of the tickets was over 530 euros. Poland, a youth volunteering association, skilled at developing youth work projects Romania, as ngo that supports young people to move forward with their lives The project provided an opportunity: •To capture and develop practical youth work skills around creativity and culture •Improve self-confidence/aspirations of youth workers or people actively working with young people •Acquire employability and language skills, so they have a better chance of employment or further training •Broaden the outlook of our participants enabling them to improve their youth work around creativity By training youth workers we hope to share best practice across member states that will lead to better youth provision around youth culture and creativity in their home counties.
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