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Study Session "In NEET of a coach!"

The training activity took place
in Strasbourg, France
organised by Youth Social Righst Network (YSRN)
15-22 May, 2016

Aims & objectives

The aim of study session was to develop youth workers’ competences for providing one-on-one coaching to young people who are most at risk of becoming NEETs in order to reduce inequalities among young people and to ensure they make a successful move from education into employment that way avoiding social and labour market exclusion. We focused our work to develop participants’ competence on how to approach and work with young people at risks of becoming NEET; to explore and reflect on coaching competences; and to create support network for young people at risk of becoming NEET that will work on ensuring that these young people make a successful move from education into employment.

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

The study session gathered 42 participants including youth, social workers, family therapists, coaches, psychologists and other professionals working with young people at risk of becoming NEET as well as students pursuing degrees in relevant fields, coming from 18 CoE member states.

Training methods used & main activities

Adhered to non-formal and informal learning principles and based on participatory methods the programme of the study session was designed to contribute to the realization of the main aim of the study session covering:

Getting to know the context
• Social rights of young people and their relation to autonomy and transition to autonomy;
• Understanding youth employment situation in Europe;
• Who are the young people at risk of becoming NEETs and what challenges they face?
Coaching as tool for supporting the personal and professional development of young people at risk of becoming NEETs:
- What is coaching;
- Coaching competences (skills, knowledge, attitudes);
o Coaching roles;
- The importance/benefits of coaching

The flow of the coaching process:
o Connecting with the coachee (the young people at risk of becoming NEETs);
o Assessing the needs and competences of the coachee (the young people at risk of becoming NEETs);
o Setting goals together with the coachee and how to motive the coachee in achieving the set goals;
o Creating networks and support systems;
o Staying in touch with your coachee;

Online coaching: Using digital/innovative networking via online channels;
Coaching limits and your responsibilities;
Good VS bad feedback;
Making coaching more accessible to young people

Outcomes of the activity

At the very end of the meeting, participants spend some time to share the following ideas for their future work on making coaching accessible for young people as well as some ideas for using ENTER recommendations in their future work. Those ideas include:

• Coaching children with behavioural problems
• Coaching graduating young people from transition home
• Coaching training for youth workers
• Career centre for young people in rural areas
• Campaign for promoting the benefits of coaching
• Meetings on sharing good practices related to coaching
• Coach online
• Coaching young offenders

Follow up related to ENTER recommendations:

• Translating the recommendations
• Presenting the recommendations to the local authorities and trying to get their support
• Implementing some of the recommendations that are in line with the rest of the work that they are doing
• Promoting the Recommendations among youth organizations and young people
In order to support the implementation of the follow up, we introduced and spend some time on exploring the Council of Europe We explored Youth Works platform, as a place where participants can share their practices and learn from others and we spend some time talking about the financial support provided via the EYF, different on-going programmes, training opportunities, activities that can be organized in co-operation with the European Youth Centres as well as the existing educational materials produced by CoE.

Participants were introduced to the follow up activities of the Y- SRN for 2017 and our focus on advocating for the implementation of the Recommendations on a local level.

In line with the study session the educational team with the support of the IT unit in the Y-SRN created a special part in our web site covering the main elements and outcomes of the study session >

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was involved in the full duration of an activity in planning, implementing and evaluation phases.

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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