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ToolKit for Don't worry, be happy!

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This booklet is a methods booklet for volunteers, youth workers, youth leaders and young people in general who aim to fight against unemployment of young people with for and by youth work activities.

Aims of the tool

To explore new youth work methods and tools in local level for “Don’t worry, be happy!” with special focus on positive thinking, empowering young job seekers and fighting against social exclusion.

Description of the tool

Unemployment is one of the causes of social exclusion. For many young people unemployment implies lack of opportunities, lack of future perspectives, limited personal development, low self-esteem, the impossibility of becoming autonomous...
Unemployment affects young people from a variety of backgrounds, at different times of their lives and in various circumstances. Unemployment is a social problem that everybody may face. But when it affects young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, their situation is harder due to the lack of support. Those young people become unemployed more easily and unemployment can be the starting point of a “negative snowball effect”. Then, they face problems of different kinds which come together in a short period of time and/or accumulate in other ways. Our tasks as youth workers, youth leaders are to find these young people with disadvantaged background and provide them such type of youth work tools based on the youth policies of European Commission which can provide them possibilities to overcome their multi problem situations and empower them to become self – confident and employed or even self – employed European citizens.

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Tool overview

This tool is for

Young people

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Personal Development

It is recommended for use in:

Youth Exchanges
European Voluntary Service

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Mara Árvai

The tool has been experimented in

Don't worry, be happy-seminar on enhancing on awareness on the background and the causes of unemployment of young people and how to break it by support of local and transnational youth work policies and tools was organised by H2O, Portugal in Rio Maior at

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Mara Arvai (on 2 November 2016)

and last modified

10 July 2016

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