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Social entrepreneurship for Youth Workers with youths with intellectual disabilities

The training activity took place
in Lithuania
organised by European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute

Aims & objectives

5 days course is designed to motivate and give tools to participants to become entrepreneurs towards the social good. The training will explore how SE can enhance the impact of young people with intellectual disabilities work and entrepreneurial skills.

The Social Entrepreneurship training for Youth Workers focused on helping Youth Workers and Youth Leaders who are interested in the concepts of social innovation and social entrepreneurship for a better future. The programme aims to give Youth Workers and Youth Leader innovative tools for sustainable change.

The five days course is designed to motivate and give tools to participants to become entrepreneurs towards the social good. The training will also explore how social entrepreneurship can enhance the impact of young people with intellectual disabilities work and entrepreneurial skills, as well as integration into the market.

To transform traditional youth workers into agents of social change who can scale up the potential and impact of existing social enterprises and innovations.

Objectives of training:
-To identify youth workers’ perspectives about social entrepreneurship in their own social context.
-To extend youth workers’ knowledge about initiative, innovation and creativity in their effect on social work.
- To help youth workers to reach enterprising qualities that can be reached for public good.
- To encourage the youth workers to link social work and entrepreneurship as a means of working towards the public good.
- To encourage youth workers to become the main actor of sustainable change within their own community.
- To explore how social entrepreneurship can enhance the impact of volunteer work and enhance the volunteering experience of the participants.
- To address risk taking and risk management in voluntary work.
- Develop the networking potential and build partnerships of CANDLE project consortium member organizations that would increase the understanding of the concept of social entrepreneurship and innovations.
- To ensure and increase the active participation of youth workers in CANDLE consortium members organized events.

Learning outcomes:

- Increased knowledge of social entrepreneurship (current trends, education strategies and methods to be applied in their learning environment).
- Improved social entrepreneurship teaching skills.
- Improved methods for work with young people with intellectual disabilities.
- Improved coaching competences to support social enterprises development.
- Improved motivation and skills to engage in international collaboration work with other youth workers in the field.

The Learning approach

We use a variety of learning methods to provide the tailored personal development and organisational support. Learning is ‘by doing’ and throughout each session, youth workers learn from their peers, build new networks and are challenged by practitioners, staff and each other to become the most successful social entrepreneurship influencers they can be.

Expert Sessions

In some areas, we recognise that youth workers need the best possible advice and guidance. During our expert sessions, we will be bring leaders in fields such as business planning, managing people, sales marketing, etc, to provide interactive action learning sessions.

Witness Sessions

Our witness sessions involve experienced social entrepreneurs sharing their own experiences, the success and failures, the challenges and how they faces them. These interactive sessions provide an opportunity for youth workers to ask questions and get advice from people who are further along in their professional journey.

Action learning Sets

Our action learning sets will involve smaller groups that will be accompanied by experienced facilitators. Each member of the group will bring an issue that they are facing to the set. With specific questioning, techniques by other members of the group, the member will find a way forward and set actions for the following meeting.

Business Review Panels
An individual ‘in-depth’ look at your organizations specific challenges and opportunities. A panel of social entrepreneurs and relevant experts will spend time with you to reflect on questions, challenges and opportunities.

Project CANDLE – Light the Candle of Your Bright Future (CANDLE), No. 2016-1-BG01-
KA205-023408 was co-financed by ERASMUS+ action KA2 - Cooperation and innovation and the exchange of Good Practices Strategic partnership for youth.

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

Lithuania (2), Bulgaria (2), Romania (2), UK (2), Turkey (4), Italy (2)

Training methods used & main activities

Peer learning
Study Visits
Business Review Panels
Action learning
Experiential tasks

Outcomes of the activity

After trainings participants are with:
- A clear sense of opportunity, direction and strategy.
- The knowledge and skills to develop your organisation culture and build a focussed team.
- The understanding of markets, customers and impacts.
- Appropriate pathways to sustainability and growth.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Main trainer & coach

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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