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"Where are YOUth?" - Development of competencies in the profession of youth work

The training activity took place
in Dilijan, Armenia
organised by Loesje Armenia
1-8 September, 2013
Reference person

Ramon Vermij

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Aims & objectives

The aim of this traning was to train young youth workers and youth leaders in developing their youth work competencies in order to better work with disadvantaged young people.

- Develop competencies in the profession of youth work
- Explore active participation in reality
- Develop an understanding of citizenship – local and European
- Develop competencies for working towards inclusion of excluded and disadvantaged young people
- Explore the advantages of a cross sectoral approach to youth work

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

There were 40 participants from 14 different countries residents of the Youth in Action Programme Countries and EECA region.
Team was composed by Hranush Shahnazaryna (Armenia), Ramon Vermij (The Netherlands), Nik Paddison ( UK/Montenegro), Marina Carbonara (Italy).

Training methods used & main activities

The project explored different models of youth work from around Europe and compared good practices, confirmed the fundamental principles of youth work as recognised on a European level. Worked on specific needs of participants in order to develop their competencies. Focused on group work practice. Studied adolescence theories. Use neighborhood profiling techniques. Explored European and national level policies regarding citizenship and young people. Explored working techniques for approaching and working with young people with fewer opportunities from deprived urban areas. The project used non-formal education as the basis of learning, using learning to learn practice, lifelong and lifewide learning. The methods were process and practice oriented.

Outcomes of the activity

This TC was designed to have direct impact on the communities that the young participants are working in. The operational capacity of participating organizations was increased through the newly motivated and experienced workers/leaders. The TC developed the youth worker competencies of the participants and encouraged them to make action plans for their work in their communities in the next months. Each day of the TC the participants met in reflection/action groups, to reflect on their day and their learning and to discuss how this experience could be translated into action at home. The action plan were created throughout the TC.
The participants learned about youth work and so be able to improve their youth work practice in their local community. They learned about specific concepts of citizenship and participation, about reaching out and including young people with fewer opportunities. Through learning about these subjects in a practical way and putting this learning into their action plan, they were able to more easily put it into practice at home. The project also utilized the practice of neighborhood profiling; participants were able to develop a real picture of their community and so to develop their action plans.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Full team member, co-responsible for preparing, running and evaluating the course

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

Testimonial of the reference person

Working with Hranush has always been a delight. Her extensive experience and knowledge about n working with people from diverse backgrounds is very apparent. I look forward to our next opportunity to cooperate.

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