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I'M PROactive – Applied Improvisation for Active Youth Participation

The training activity took place
in Kyiv, Ukraine
organised by NGO "Educatio"
4-11 July 2019
Reference person

Nadiia Ivashchenko

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Aims & objectives

The main aims and objectives:
• To provide the overview, understanding and feeling of Improvisation Theatre as a tool for personal development and method in youth work;
• Self-development, particularly, raising self-esteem and self-confidence;
• To develop self-awareness, self-expression and emotional quotient (EQ);
• To develop the ability to accept risks and not to be afraid of mistakes;
• To develop creativity and ability to react and adjust to any kinds of changing situations;
• To develop public speech skills and self-presentation;
• To develop improvisation, performance skills, establishing connection and interaction with the group;
• To discover and discuss various youth/social work issues in which Improvisation Theatre can be efficiently applied;
• To get new skills and develop competencies, important for youth workers in the frames of non-formal education.

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

The target group/profile of the participants for the TC:
• 18-35 years old youth workers;
• We are going to provide participants with effective methods and personal development tools so we expect them to be the beginners in training activities and youth work;
• It is very important to be open and motivated to learning opportunities and new experience;
• Flexible and open-minded, being able learn, to adjust to the new knowledge, perspectives and points of view, to accept it;
• Being able to express themselves and communicate in English.

The training involved 34 participants from 10 countries: Armenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Ukraine.

Training methods used & main activities

Methods used within the TC:
• Improvisation Theatre – practical tool for personal development and efficient approach and method in youth work at the same time;
• Staging/Acting/Performance;
• Role-Play Games;
• Storytelling;
• Open Space method;
• Feedback/Reflection method.

Outcomes of the activity

Within the training course the impact on the participants was as follows:
• Self-development in a wide range;
• Raising self-esteem and self-confidence;
• Raising self-awareness, self-expression, broadening emotional spectrum and developing EQ in general;
• Developing the ability to take risks and greet mistakes;
• Developing creativity, spontaneity and ability to react and adjust to any kinds of changing life situations;
• Developing public speech skills and self-presentation;
• Developing improvisation, acting, performance skills, interaction with the group in a wide range, etc.
• Improving skills and developing different competencies, being crucial for youth workers and youth leaders in the process of non-formal education;

Each of the participants got the new social/youth work instrument – Improvisation Theatre both as a tool for personal development and method in youth/social work. This contributed significantly to their personal development and improved their capacity to write, implement and lead more efficiently their own workshops and trainings, using the new skills, competencies, method and instrument.

One of the visible outcomes of the TC was the set of the new tools, based on Improvisation Theatre method, which were elaborated during the training. Here are some of them:

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was one of the full time Trainers responsible for the content.

I worked on this training for 6 days as a full time trainer.

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