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Adventures in the Emerald City - Training of youth work providers

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Venue: Novi Sad, Serbia – under the umbrella of European Youth Capital 2019
Start: 08/06/2019
End: 16/06/2019
Deadline: 26/05/2019 23:59 (CET)
Description of event: This training course is a capacity building activity for 25 young youth work providers with an aim to build their capacities and core competencies with the focus on the development of four dimensions: attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviours. As YEU values equally the work of youth work trainers and organisers, this activity will be built on ensuring that trainers, organisers and facilitators work as a team during learning mobilities and/or local youth work activities.

The programme will be built on providing training for 8 competencies as defined in the ETS Strategy.

Additionally, youth work providers will have their capacities built on the basics of youth work and non-formal education, their principles and values. The Activity will have 7 working days and will be held in Novi Sad, Serbia in order to understand the models of youth work in a local context and working with disadvantaged groups.

In previous years, YEU has put significant amounts of energy, efforts and experience on adapting current non-formal education and youth work practices or developing new ones with the goal to follow the needs of young people we and our member organisations are working with.

The main reason behind is that the context, narratives and environment in which we work are in a constant state of change affecting behaviours, attitudes and life-styles. Technology has developed at the speed of light and we haven’t managed to change our practices together with it or to catch up. Methodologies that were effective 10-15 years ago, are not as effective now. Since 2014 (YEU Year of Innovations) when we decided to focus on changes in methodologies and practices, and we believed that people will come along and improve their competences just by being challenged to work on new methodologies. Unfortunately, it hasn’t happened to the extent needed to be able to follow the changes in our contexts and environments and we have seen lower responses of youth work providers than expected.

By youth work providers we mean: youth workers (paid or volunteers), trainers and organisers in the field of grass-roots activism and learning mobility environments on local, national and international level. This workplan will be dedicated to supporting development of quality youth work and non-formal education standards in YEU and member or partner organisations. It will impact the whole YEU Universe: 33 member organisations and approximately 10 more partner organisations.

Following the Recommendations of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on youth Work and Council of Europe’s Youth Work Portfolio, in the workplan “The Wonderful Wizards of Youth Work” we want to focus on the following:

Quality youth work and its implementation: understanding what quality means to youth work providers in and around YEU is essential in order to achieve “ultimate educational experiences aiming at learner’s personal and socio-educational and professional development”.

Building competencies of youth work providers on quality youth work and its implementation: making a change in young people’s lives requires development of human resources, broadening their perspective, building competences and appetite to never stop learning and exploring. To be able to change others, one needs to be able to change themselves.

Defining quality and standards/guidelines for implementation: By looking into current practices of youth work on different levels, within YEU and our organisations, we will create framework for quality youth work in order to improve the services offered to young people.

The aim of “The Wonderful Wizards of Youth Work” is to improve the quality of youth work and non-formal education provided by YEU and our member organisations by rethinking and redefining our principles, practices and building the competences of our youth work providers, all in line with youth work recommendations and portfolio.

This activity is part of the one year programme called "The Wonderful Wizards of Youth Work" which aims at improving the quality of youth work and non-formal education provided by YEU and our member organisations by rethinking and redefining our principles, practices and building the competences of our youth work providers, all in line with youth work recommendations and portfolio.

Aim of this training course is:

To develop the core competencies of junior youth work providers and create new generation implementing quality principles and frameworks from beginning of their work in the fields of youth work and non-formal education.

Objectives
1. To develop core competencies of junior youth work providers by following the Competence Model for Youth Workers to work internationally as well as Competence Model for trainers
2. To foster and embed the culture of innovations into the mindset of youth work providers based on needs of young people
3. To develop the concept of “Team” in youth events/projects (responsibilities, co-working, quality standards, etc.)
4. To increase the quality of events and programmes in the youth field by introducing junior youth work providers to current tendencies in the fields of quality youth work and non-formal education, both in practice and policy level

Selection criteria: - Youth work providers working on local, national and international level coming from YEU member or partner organisations, but not necessarily
- Trainers, organisers and facilitators or those interested to develop/strengthen their capacities to become one

If you are interested and you are not part of YEU Network, you are still more than welcome!
This workplan is supported by the European Youth Foundation and OPENS2019 - European Youth Capital.
Number of participants: 25
Additional infos: Dates of the training course:
June 08-16th 2019 with travel dates included

Financial conditions:
YEU will be covering 70% of travel costs of participants in line with the travel costs limits set by YEU Office (to be communicated after the participant is accepted). Accommodation and food, as well as visa costs, will be covered 100%.
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