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YOCOMO - be(come) civically engaged

Training Course

23-28 April 2023 | Dresden, Germany

We invite youth workers to join us in this new YOCOMO course, to reflect upon and explore the ‘Being Civically Engaged’ competence in European youth work practices, contexts and (personal and organisational) cultures.

Are you a youth worker who is:

  • active in international youth work?
  • interested to explore political (civic) education in your youth work context and practice?
  • looking to exchange with others and explore challenges and opportunities of civic engagement?
  • interested to explore the Being Civically Engaged competence area of the ETS competence model for youth workers working internationally? (note: the updated though not designed yet version is attached below)

If yes, keep reading

Being and becoming civically engaged means being aware and taking a principled stance on political and societal issues affecting young people, civil society, human rights, democracy, digital rights, etc. In addition, when being civically engaged, a youth worker actively supports young people’s civic, political and social engagement and helps them to participate as makers of the changes they want to see in their local and online communities, societies, Europe and beyond.

Does this resonate with you? Would you like to explore your civic engagement and role in supporting young people in be(ing)(coming) civically engaged? If the answer is still yes, then we will happily welcome you to YOCOMO - be(come) civically engaged training course! 

The course will support sharing, learning and working with civic engagement stories, and by using the city of Dresden as a learning environment. More specifically, the course will look at:

  • “Being civically engaged” competence area and the range of what being civically engaged in youth work means; 
  • The ways in which youth work context can stimulate the development of youth workers’ civic engagement competence and their practice;
  • The different dimensions (values, attitudes, knowledge, skills, behaviours) of be(coming) civically engaged;
  • Different pathways that youth workers can take to comprehend their (youth work) system from a civic engagement perspective;
  • The areas of tension of the Being Civically engaged competence area (e.g. power relations, critical thinking, neutrality);
  • The ways to address challenges when being civically engaged and in youth work practice supporting young people to be civically engaged? (with a special focus on the support that might be needed)  

Your hosts for the course, Ajša Hadžibegović and Snežana Bačlija Knoch are eager to accompany you on this journey and to explore, experiment, reflect and learn together with you!


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 24 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Educators

Accessibility info:

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

Working language(s):



SALTO Training and Cooperation (SALTO Resource Centre)


  • JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Gisele Evrard Markovic


Phone: .

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+  and the European Solidarity Corps Programmes. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

JUGEND für Europa and SALTO Training and Cooperation will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.



Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA or SALTO 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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