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ToM - Training of Multiplier for the Youth in Action programme

The training activity took place
in Guimarães, Portugal
organised by Salto-Youth in cooperation with NA's
24-30 november 2007
Reference person

Paul Kloosterman

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Aims & objectives

It is a long term network training course and in 2007 ToM seminar 1 is hosted from 10 to 18 June 2007 by the Turkish National Agency and seminar 2 is hosted from 24 to 30 November 2007 by the Portuguese National Agency.

Description: To train reliable, credible and capable persons who can support the work of National Agencies in order to improve the national implementation of the YOUTH in Action Programme both in quantitative and qualitative terms.

To give the participants the opportunity to develop their:
• Knowledge and understanding of the Youth in Action Programme
• Undestanding of the concept of the European Citizenship and Participation
• Understanding of the concept of non-formal education
• Knowledge of youth work realities in different European countries
• Intercultural competence
• Communication competence (presentation, active listening and information providing skills)
• Competence to analyse and to address needs of potential Programme users
• Competence to motivate others
• Competence to plan, run and evaluate multiplying projects

Essential for the success of the whole process is the co-operation between the National Agencies and participants and their support during the course.

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

Target group: 20 participants out of 6 countries.

Training methods used & main activities

The methodology of ToM is based on the experiential learning concept and includes variety of different methods. The course consists of two seminars (Initial Seminar, Evaluation Seminar) and a project-learning phase between seminars.

The training process is participant-centred. Active and interactive methods help to build a balance between the individual and group learning process. Different learning preferences are taken into consideration (e.g. learning from practical examples or theories or while planning new actions). In order to meet the different training needs individual consultation with trainers is also provided during the seminars and project implementation.

The training process is practice-oriented. The experiences of trainees are one of the main sources of learning and most of the methods and exercises are directly linked to existing practices of youth work and Youth in Action Programme implementation. After Seminar 1 the project practice as a complex way of learning plays an important role in the training process. The project work will be evaluated on Seminar 2 as well as by the sending National Agency. These evaluations serve the quality improvement of future multiplying activities and projects.

The group building and intercultural learning are ongoing, horizontal aspects of the training course and not only specific topics of a few sessions. Both processes contribute to the trustful and relaxed learning atmosphere, group cohesion and possible future networking of trainees.

Outcomes of the activity

The ToM existed from 2001 till 2009 and more than 150 participants. A big number of projects were realised afterwards by the participants as multiplier all over Europe, some of them initiated network of multiplier in their own countries, and some others international ones

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Trainer for the whole training course

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

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