This is a reference for Monia Izabela Dericks Wisniewska

From Youth Work to Youth at Work

The training activity took place
in Durres, Albania
organised by SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre (SALTO Resource Centre) and Youth@Work Partners (National Agency)
12-16 of June 2022
Reference person

Ana Dervishi Mullanji

(Trainer )
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Aims & objectives

The seminar has explored the potential of youth work to create a positive change as a part of the youth employability and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The emphasis was on how youth work, in particular by fostering the development of young people’s competencies, contributing to their better access and fulfillment in the world of work. A specific focus was ser on the impact and recognition of youth work in this role in the Western Balkan Partner Countries, but at the same time, finding synergies with the relevant developments and initiatives in other countries and setting up spaces for networking and cooperation.

The objectives of the seminar were:

To explore relevant concepts and frameworks connected to the topic, in particular the “EntreComp”, the European Union’s entrepreneurship competence framework and the role youth work therein;
to discover the potential and unravel the dilemmas of youth employability and entrepreneurship in the participants’ local contexts;
to exchange good practices of youth work enhancing young people’s employability and entrepreneurship;
to provide space for networking among stakeholders from different countries for further collaboration on this topic, specifically in the context of the Erasmus+ Programme and European Solidarity Corps.

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

The seminar has gathered 25 participants from the Erasmus+ Programme Countries and Western Balkan Partner Countries in Tirana, Albania. The target group of the activity consisted of different stakeholders within the youth employability and entrepreneurship ecosystems connected to, or alternatively interested in developing a connection with, youth work, such as youth work practitioners, teachers, educators, municipal policy-makers, and representatives of political youth.

Training methods used & main activities

The seminar consisted of inputs, discussions, workshops, local visits, and other activities focusing on the participants as the leading resource of expertise and exchange, but also providing insight, inspiration, and information by the team and external contributors on the topic and the related developments at the European level.

Outcomes of the activity

The activity has provided a physical space for the participants to investigate the role of youth work and the development of young people's entrepreneurship and employability-related competencies while offering opportunities to exchange good practices and establish new collaborations for the future.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Trainer and facilitator

I worked on this training for 4 days as a full time trainer.

Testimonial of the reference person

It was a great pleasure to work with Monia in the seminar in Durres, Albania. Beside being hard worker, she is very creative, full of energy and love her work. It was a honour to work with Monia!

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