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VulnerABILITY in and after Covid times - Transforming weaknesses into strengths for social inclusion

Training Course

8-13 November 2021 | Brussels, Belgium - FR

This training course aims to support youth workers to develop their competences in understanding vulnerability and exploring its potential in reinforcing young people's self confidence, participation and inclusion, in and after Covid times.

The recent past has been marked by the Corona crisis. This crisis has profoundly changed the daily lives of young people, whom were disproportionately harmed economically and socially by the precautions imposed by the lockdowns. This crisis has especially influenced the mental health of young people (depression, anxiety, addictions, etc.) and increased dropouts and risky behaviours.

Obviously, the younger generations will be much more exposed than the older population to the the wider consequences of the crisis. Those prospects influence negatively the "vulnerability" of young people.

In modern society, vulnerability is generally seen as a weakness and an obstacle to succeed in social life. This negative approach also affects youth workers in their perceptions and ways of working.

Against the current trend, we think that the vulnerability must be explored as a lever action. We believe in its potential as a way to connect with youngsters, whom feel a strong disconnection with society.  

Beyond the symptom, we aim to restore the sense of belonging and affiliation of young people by equipping them with life competences, reinforcing their resilience and strengthening their values. Through non-formal and informal learning, this alternative approach helps to promote active citizenship and to strengthen social inclusion of young people.

This training course aims to support youth workers to develop their competencies in understanding vulnerability and exploring its potential in reinforcing young people's self confidence. In this training course participants will experience a positive approach of vulnerability, which is a key element in establishing true connections with young people. We will explore vulnerability through non-formal education and experiential learning methods.


To provide participants with concepts and theoretical background about vulnerability and its role within the process of inclusion/exclusion;

To take into account the participants own vulnerable sides in order to transform them as a strength;

To provide participants with a deeper understanding of vulnerability on a personal and interpersonal level;

To explore the potential of vulnerability and transform it in an inclusion strength;

To share tools and practices of engaging with vulnerable groups in an international context.


The methodology will be participant-centered, based on non-formal education, experiential learning and intercultural learning; working methods will be diverse and interactive in order to ensure a balance between sharing, inputs and practice.

The main activities will be: working groups, guided self-reflection, workshops, field visits. Provision of information and reference documents will be used in order to meet participants learning preferences and the training learning objectives.

This TC addresses youth or social workers directly in contact with yopung people on the field.


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 25-30 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth coaches

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



Bureau International Jeunesse (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Thierry Dufour


Phone: +3222105227

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating National Agencies (NAs) of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

Unless specified otherwise, the hosting NA  of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA  in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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