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This is a reference for Barbara Giovanna BELLO

EmPOWERment 2010

The training activity took place
in Padova
organised by Progetto Giovani
11-20 July 2010
Reference person

Annamaria Papini

(organizers and project managers)
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Aims & objectives

the Training Course “EmPOWERment 2010” has the aim to let trainees experiment different methods and practices fostering youth emancipation and empowerment, enabling them to transfer the learnt tools and metodologies to other young people with whom they work.

The surrounding idea is that youth leaders, trainers, peer educators, youth workers and multipliers can work more effectively with those people who have difficult access to the resources offered by the local or European community if they have previously used, digested and discussed themselves the methods they will use.

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


The trainers were from Spain, Sweden, Romania and Germany, apart from myself from Italy

Participants were form Romania, Italy, Spain, Holland, Sweden and Germany

Training methods used & main activities

Non formal education methods were used to deal with the way young people deal with their identity-building process, their self-definition, the barriers they need to overcome, and their empowerment. Likewise, in this Training Course youth leaders, trainers, peer educators, youth workers and multipliers were supported in the process of learning how to cope with the emotions, tensions and conflicts that arise during youth work about “sensitive” issues like emancipation, sufferance, pain and anger of disempowered young people. Trainers helped participants to transform these emotions into a positive resource to set and reach life goals (e.g. self-confidence, assertiveness, self-branding, effectiveness, potentialities).

Outcomes of the activity

The outcomes of the Training Course consisted in the knowledge of new tools on empowerment to be multiplied at the local level through peer to peer activities.
The TC also discussed topics related to the development of leadership skills and benefits and opportunities within the Youth in Action Programme, and other European opportunities (Leonardo Programme, Erasmus for young Entrepreneurs, etc.), as tools to achieve emancipation, autonomy and empowerment, intergenerational dialogue and social change within the minorities as well as promote relations between minority youngsters and “the society at large” (including other minority youth, “majority” youth, Insitutions, etc).

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was coordinator and co-trainer

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

Testimonial of the reference person

Barbara Giovanna Bello is a professional truly competent in her field and with a long experience in facilitating learning and intercultural understanding for youth workers from all over Europe. With her collaboration, our organisation hosted projects on the topics of empowerment, multiple discrimination, and gender issues/equality. All programmes were carefully drafted taking in consideration the participants' needs and learning objectives, and using non-formal learning methods to deliver very successful activities.

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