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Get STORIED! (STORYtelling & EDucation)

The training activity took place
in Sermugnano, Italy
organised by cooperativa sociale Muovimente
20th to 29th, August 2015

Aims & objectives

Get Storied has been designed to make trainers, facilitators and youth workers aware of the many and various uses of the non formal educational method of Storytelling and show them how it can be used to work with young people, helping them to develop a big number of important abilities and competences in the professional and personal sphere.

The main objectives of this traning course were:

- To discover and understand the employability competences that are developed through storytelling;
- To create an intercultural network of youth workers and organizations that use the method of storytelling in developing employability skills;
- To explore the concept of "transformational storytelling", how to use storytelling as tool for innovation to change and self-development.

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

Get Storied has been specially recommended for Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders involved in the field of non formal learning.

The training course has been attended by 22 participants from 11 Countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom.

Training methods used & main activities

During the course we aimed to show the value of using storytelling in training in an experiential way and trough non formal education methodologies, in order to provide practical applications, exercises, and techniques to harness our innate ability to tell and receive information through stories.

We approached storytelling in many of its ways and forms, with a particular focus on the elements of Hero's Journey model, digital storytelling and gaming, theatre and role-playing and practises of personal storytelling.

Outcomes of the activity

Stories are the foundation for how we communicate. They enable us to make a personal connection to content on a deeper and richer level, more than a mere list of facts can. And how we narrate and read facts determines how we will remember and integrate them. That’s what learning is. When we approach “learning” in a more traditionally structured way, it can be a struggle for people, but stories enable us to learn without feeling like we are learning, without straining to get it right.

Participants of the training gave very positive feedback already at the end of course, then again in the evaluation questionnaires and in their Youthpass certificates.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I participated in the development of the concept of the training course, in the creation of the programme and I co-facilitated the whole process with the rest of the team.

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

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