The project was prepared in cooperation with 14 organizations from Poland, Belarus, Egypt, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Georgia, Jordan, Italy, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Spain. Our experience and observations show that the soft skills of youth workers are extremely important in working with young people, i.e. their personal, communication and social skills, which make them able to diagnose the needs of young people and choose the appropriate methods to work with them. Another factor determining the effectiveness of youth workers is their openness and understanding of diversity. Their flexibility is also important, i.e. the ability to adapt to the current situation, challenges or needs of young people. In our opinion, these are the features and skills that are worth developing and improving in people who work with young people. Therefore, the idea of preparing a training was born, during which they will develop and strengthen selected soft and intercultural competencies, and will also have space to exchange experiences. Strengthening these competencies will directly translate into the quality and efficiency of their work, and thus will have a significant impact on the development of young people.
A youth worker who is well prepared to work as a facilitator is able to guide the group so that it achieves its intended goals, while at the same time taking care of the development of each of its members.
There will be many hands-on workshops to provide participants with the knowledge and skills they need. The workshops will be conducted using non-formal teaching methods, such as:
– group work,
– world cafe,
– field games,
– open space,
Main objective: Professional development of 28 youth workers in 14 countries in the field of youth work, in particular facilitation, including digital reality.
Detailed project objectives:
– increasing soft skills, equipping with the tools needed to conduct interesting workshops, moderating debates and online workshops,
– improving the quality of work for young people through the exchange of experiences,
– promoting modern facilitation tools,
– building competencies to work with marginalized youth,
– sensitizing youth workers to the problems and needs of people with fewer opportunities and helping in the selection of appropriate methods and tools for effective work with them,
– organizing the first ToolFair in Kielce.