Mieke Neven McMahon


Mieke Neven McMahon has been a free-lance trainer and facilitator in the European youth field since 2005.
She has built up extensive experience in managing groups of people from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and cultures.

Mieke has worked throughout Europe, for European institutions and NGO’s; designing, implementing and evaluating training courses, seminars and meetings.

Mieke Neven McMahon has 3 references for past work as a trainer and added 1 tools to the SALTO Toolbox.

Mieke Neven McMahon

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Current occupation

Free-lance facilitator, trainer for Leargas, the Irish National Agency, youth worker in Fishbowl Youth

Work experience

SALTO Inclusion
Freelance trainer in the "Mobility Taster" pool

SALTO Training and Cooperation
Freelance trainer in the Youthpass trainers’ pool

SALTO Participation
Freelance trainer, working on Youth Democracy Projects and Participation

189 – 193 Parnell Street
Dublin 1
Freelance trainer in the training network for Léargas, the National Agency for the European Youth in Action Programme.
I facilitate workshops on the Youth in Action Programme, Youthpass and the on-arrival and mid-term EVS Trainings.
I am accreditor for EVS hosting and sending

Fishbowl Youth, Main Street, Scariff, Co. Clare, Ireland
Our organisation works on two levels national/local
I engage mainly on the international level:
I am responsible for the international activities: Youth Exchanges, EVS, preparing peer educators, organising and facilitating (International) training and seminars.

Freelance trainer for national and local organisations:
National Youth Council Ireland – specific for the One world Week Activities
Comhairle Na nOg – consultation days for the Regional Youth Parliament
Developed and implemented a Development Education Programme for Secondary school and youth groups

Educational pathway

I have been involved with education most of my life. I began as a kindergarten teacher, and while my 4 children grew up, I gradually moved into youth work and project based secondary education, discovering that non-formal learning is a great alternative and/or addition to the formal school system.

In 2003 I joined Fishbowl Youth, and since, I have gained experience in all aspects of managing, facilitating and coaching young people in carrying out their activities. I focused mainly on supporting these young people in creating, running and learning from their own projects.
Within Fishbowl I support the hosting and sending of EVS volunteers.

I work as a free-lance trainer for Léargas, the Irish National Agency for the Youth in Action Programme.
I like to draw from my own experience in youth work as a basis for my international trainings, which focus on Youthpass, participation, cultural diversity and coaching of peer educators and young project leaders.

Educational path:
College for Education:
Three-year full-time training.
The main areas I can transfer to training work are: deep understanding of educational processes, project planning, reflection and observation, working with large groups and group dynamics.

I have attended many courses within the European Youth Programme / Council of Europe, here are some:
§ Tic-Tac course, 6-days Belgium, how to create support activities for actions in the Youth Programme.
§ 3-D course, 10-days, Ireland, a course to become a trainer for Léargas trainers network.
§ Training of Trainers In Human Rights Education, 10-days, Council of Europe, Budapest.

Manage your own Business
This programme helped me develop project management skills.

Last but not least…

I have raised a family, which involves an incredible amount of in-formal and experiential learning! Our family was never a singular unit, there have always been additions… we have fostered young people, we have hosted language students and EVS Volunteers in our house.
These experiences have helped me a lot in my work as a trainer and youth worker.

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (expert) Citizenship Education
  • (expert) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (intermediate) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (expert) Creativity & Art
  • (expert) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (advanced) Drama & Theatre
  • (advanced) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (expert) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (expert) Event Management
  • (expert) Financial Management
  • (intermediate) Fundraising
  • (advanced) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (advanced) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (expert) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (expert) Leadership Development
  • (expert) Open Space Technology
  • (expert) Organizational Management
  • (intermediate) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (advanced) Peace Education
  • (advanced) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (expert) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (intermediate) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (advanced) Training of Trainers
  • (advanced) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (intermediate) Youth Information Work
  • (expert) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (expert) Youth Policy
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (advanced) European Institutions
  • (advanced) Youth Partnership CoE-COM

Working with specific target groups

  • (expert) Children
  • (intermediate) Families
  • (advanced) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (advanced) Minorities
  • (advanced) Women's Issues & Groups

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (advanced) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (advanced) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (advanced) Latin America
  • (advanced) South East Europe

Language Skills

  • (fluent) Dutch
  • (fluent) English
  • (intermediate) German

Trainer references

  • Yes Learning

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-03-27)
    The training activity took place
    in Oberwesel, Germany
    organised by JUGEND für Europa (National Agency), SALTO Training & Cooperation Resource Centre and Other National Agencies
    9-14 June 2013
  • Mobility Taster for Inclusion Organisations

    Awaiting validation (requested 2019-12-11)
    The training activity took place
    in Istanbul, Turkey
    organised by SALTO Inclusion
    08 - 10 February 2017
  • Youth Discovering Erasmus+ Project Lab

    Awaiting validation (requested 2021-12-12)
    The training activity took place
    in Barcelos, Portugal
    organised by Erasmus+ Youth In Action Portuguese National Agency
    26-30 November 2019

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This profile was last modified on 2019-12-11

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