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Creative leaders: management of youth organizations for promotion of active citizenship

The training activity took place
in Molina; Spain
organised by Youth For Exchange and Understading
7th to 15th March 2009

Aims & objectives

The main aim of the training was to develop organisation management competences for organisation who works in intercultural background in the field citizenship activities. The training addressed the news of empowerment for youth leaders and NGO managers that works in the field of the Citizenship practice. There was recognised the need to set some strategy and work methods in the organisation that were members of the hosting network (YEU - Youth for Exchange and Understanding). YEU aimed to improve competences of its members when working with Citizenship issues and introducing some commom understanding of organisation and project management to make the work inside the network more simple and standart.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The team was composed by me and Lorenzo Nava as full-time senior trainers and more 2 integrats (group coordinator and a junior trainer, both from Portugal). The target group was youth leaders from European Union countries, Caucasus (Azerbaijan and Armenia). East Europe (Ukrain and Russia) and Euromed countries (Egipt and Marroco) in a total of 24 participants.

Training methods used & main activities

Beside several energisers, we introduced some name-learning (signal name and silent rope) and teambilding (spiderweb). During the activity we used had group discussions methods, role-play (project writing contest), simulations (flag-fight) and some interactive presentation on citizenship concepts and project management. We also introduced some self-assessment tests to evalaute personalities in team work. Some of the activities were based in Training Kit nº 7 (Citizenship ) and Training Kit nº 1 and 3 (Organisational and Project Management). We aworked with the ladder of participation concept in workshop and developed awareness of NFE approach in youth activities, as potential framework for full-participation and empowerment for young people. We also had daily evaluation with the participants and trhe team and adapted the programme during the activity in order to fulfil the urge needs expressed by the participants during the training.

Outcomes of the activity

The training capacitated 24 participants with new competences in organisation and project management and give new inputs for citizenship work and youth participation all members or future members of the network. The training was considered a success for the evaluation of the participants and the capacity of the team to adapt the needs of the participants during the process of the activities, without spoiling the main aim of the project. A complete Final Report was created with session outlines and feedback from the team and it was placed in the network website (

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My tasks was to implement the project and its workshops, make an ongoing evaluation of the learning process together with the team and report the outcomes for the network. My responsibility as the senior trainer was co-shared with my other senior trainer colleaguein adapt, implement 80% of the sessions and write the content report. Also we had to support and share new approaches to the junior trainer in our team.

I worked on this training for 8 days days as a full time trainer.

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