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Empowering Youth Participation Through Volunteering

The training activity took place
in Kharkiv, Ukraine
23 - 30 June 2019

Aims & objectives

The main aim of the training course is to equip youth workers with knowledge, skills and effective tools for working with young people in the field of youth participation in general, as well as active citizenship and volunteering in particular.

More specific objectives of TC will include:
- To create an opportunity for the participants to share their country realities about the youth participation, to discover different approaches what is “youth participation”, “active citizenship” and “volunteering”, to find out with what difficulties and obstacles in this field faced young people in their local societies.
- To let participants reflect on the possible mismatch about the participation of youngsters with fewer opportunities, and together with the other participants come to a mutual understanding of what and how optimal participation of young people are ensured.
- To raise awareness about being a volunteer on local/national/international level and to prepare an information booklet on the strengthening of the value of volunteering, which will later be uploaded to SALTO.

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

Representatives of Youth Organizations, youth leaders, youth workers, representatives of the municipalities from Spain, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. 6 participants per country.

Training methods used & main activities

The training was designed as a process of non-formal learning and peer education using participants’ own experiences in the fields of youth work and international cooperation. To be successful this will require participants was encouraged to have an active input in sharing knowledge and experience and to be willing to learn new skills from the trainers and from each other.
Among the methods used were the Simulation Game “Meeting of Perspectives”, Problem Tree model, role play on Formal, informal and non-formal learning, team building based on Youthpass competences.

Outcomes of the activity

The project was expected to provide reliable network of organisations for further cooperation and development. Through social media and distribution of the information booklet on the strengthening of the value of volunteering, short films etc., the public of the project were not limited only by the participants’ countries. The information booklet on the strengthening of the value of volunteering will be uploaded on SALTO Toolbox for Training & Youth Work.
The impact of the project had been felt at the European level by promoting youth activities through the Erasmus+ Programme and recognition of non-formal education by issuing participation’s Youthpass Certified.
Programme gave participants’ skills for use in their own organizations with their own target groups, the project has a longer term more sustainable impact, multiplied to include groups of young people in organisations across Europe. Similarly the emphasis on developing new partnerships and projects will also ensure a longer term and more sustainable impact.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Full-time trainers' work with involvement in all project stages: preparation, implementation, follow up, evaluation. Facilitation and mentoring of the learning process. Interaction with participants, co-trainer, and project team. Adaptation of the Program, according to the group dynamic and learning needs of the participants.

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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