Polona Siter Drnovšek


Polona simply adores youth work and never stops to awe at its impact. She is grateful, when she can create spaces, where people can safely decide about their participation. She needs a lot of personal space and at the same time she likes very much to work in teams, where, she believes, true magic happens. Her favourite contents of exploring are (at the moment) learning, monitoring and evaluating, project management and impact, communication, well-being and self-care and the power of stories.

Polona Siter Drnovšek has 5 references for past work as a trainer.

Polona Siter Drnovšek

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Current occupation

Free lance facilitator, educator and project manager.

Work experience

I have been facilitating/delivering trainings maily within E+: YiA and European Solidarity Projects: International study visits, national workshops for Quality label applicants, trainings for accessors, before-departure, on-arrival and mid-term evaluation trainings for participants, national and international trainings Impact+ for youth field. After a pandemic situation with coronavirus, I have delivered many of those events on-line.

Beside that, my roots are in local youth work: I was a director of a local youth center for 10 years, working from local to international level and I keep my interest for local youth work always vivid.

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Educational pathway

- I hold a Bachelor's degree in Sociology (University of Ljubljana): Studies empowered me for observing processes in the society and strengthen my sensibility for exclusion and inequality.
- Studying and practicing Nonviolent communication (by Marshall Rosenberg) gave a new dimension of connecting to fellow human-beings , no matter in which contexts of my life and is extremely useful also when supporting group processes.
- When I got acquainted with the concept of The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter (it was on a week long training where I was observing the trainers or better, hosts), I decided that I want to do facilitation professionally. Besides the principles of non-formal learning from youth work, that I knew before, this is like an up-grade, a step higher or deeper into supporting group processes.
- Since many, many years I have practiced yoga, which has brought in my life a lot of calmness and stability and helps me to connect with my self in any moment.

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (advanced) Communication Skills
  • (beginner) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (beginner) Creativity & Art
  • (intermediate) Crisis Management
  • (beginner) Environment & Ecology
  • (beginner) Equal Opportunities
  • (advanced) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (expert) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Financial Management
  • (intermediate) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (intermediate) Health & Prevention
  • (intermediate) Intercultural Learning
  • (intermediate) International Youth Work
  • (beginner) Leadership Development
  • (beginner) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (beginner) New Information Technologies
  • (intermediate) Organizational Management
  • (intermediate) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (beginner) Public Speaking
  • (advanced) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (beginner) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (beginner) Storytelling & Humour
  • (intermediate) Time Management
  • (intermediate) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (beginner) Youth Information Work
  • (intermediate) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (beginner) Youth Policy
  • (intermediate) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (intermediate) European Institutions
  • (beginner) International Youth Structures

Working with specific target groups

  • (beginner) Intercultural Teams
  • (beginner) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (beginner) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (beginner) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (advanced) European Cooperation

Language Skills

  • (intermediate) Bosnian
  • (intermediate) Croatian
  • (good) English
  • (intermediate) Serbian
  • (fluent) Slovene

Trainer references

  • Study visit on youth information across Slovenia

    Awaiting validation (requested 2023-01-21)
    The training activity took place
    in Slovenia (Domžale, Zagorje ob Savi, Celje, Koper, Ljubljana)
    organised by Zavod Movit (SI NA)
    6th - 8th May 2019
  • Study visit on municipal youth work in Slovenia

    Awaiting validation (requested 2023-01-21)
    The training activity took place
    in Ljubljana, Slovenia
    organised by Zavod Movit (SI NA)
    15th - 19th October 2019
  • Impact+: Youth Field (online edition)

    Awaiting validation (requested 2023-01-19)
    The training activity took place
    in on-line
    organised by Movit (SI NA) in Ecorys (UK NA)
    October 26-28, 2020
  • Impact+: Youth Field (online edition)

    Validated (2022-03-01)
    The training activity took place
    in on-line
    organised by Zavod Movit - Slovenian National Agency
    September 24, 27, 28 and 29, 2021
    Reference person

    Elizabeta Lakosil

    (Programme officer and activity organizer)
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  • New power in Youth Project Lab

    Validated (2022-09-21)
    The training activity took place
    in Durres, Albania
    organised by Salto SEE RC, Estonian National agency for Erasmus + Youth
    31 May, 7, 8, 9, 10 June, 2022
    Reference person

    Veronica Stefan

    (New power in Youth SNAC Coordinator)
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This profile was last modified on 2022-07-16

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