Youth Empowerment for Inclusion – Change Making by Capacity Development
August 2016 - March 2017
Against the background of a raising number of refugees and IDPs, due to migration within Europe due to the war in Syria and Ukraine and the “old” IDPs from the wars in the 1990ies in the Caucasus, the project would like to provide youth workers from Western and Eastern Europe with a platform debating reasons and effects of migration as well as approaches and concrete activities for addressing aspects of inclusion and supporting young people in the challenging process of inclusion.
Thus, the project proposal aims to strengthen the competences of youth workers and youth leaders in finding adequate approaches for fostering the inclusion and empowerment of marginalised young people of migration and minority background.
This since youth inclusion and empowerment are challenging tasks, the project is composed of two training courses, each tackling different aspects of inclusion and empowerment work that youth workers face in their work.
The first training course looks at migration in general terms including its reasons and effects as well as at the resulting integration challenges for young migrants and young people of minority background.
Additionally, it will explore with the participants the role of youth work in contributing to the inclusion of young people with migration and minority background.
The second training course is dedicated to youth empowerment by educational means of non-formal education.
The course has the character of a training of trainers with a specific focus on how to aid young peoples` development of self-confidence, trust in own abilities, and initiative taking, but it will also include aspects of project design for youth empowerment work.
As a result the participants shall be enabled to design, implement and evaluate their own projects and/ or educational programmes on youth inclusion and youth empowerment.
Objectives of the project:
· To strengthen the understanding of inclusion challenges for young migrants and minority youth
· To explore the role of youth work in inclusion and empowerment work for young migrants and minority youth
· To increase the quality of project design of inclusion and empowerment projects for young migrants and minority youth
· To create transnational partnerships on youth inclusion and youth empowerment among youth organisations
Themes addressed by the project:
· Reasons and effects of migration
· Inclusion challenges for young migrants and minority youth
· Youth inclusion and youth empowerment
· Project design for inclusion and empowerment work
· Non-formal education as a tool in youth empowerment
WE ARE RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FROM GEORGIA ONLY!
The requested profile of participants is the following:
· Knowledge about the specific youth context in their communities, specifically of the situation of minority youth and young migrants (including IDPs and refugees)
· At least basic knowledge and understanding of inclusion and youth empowerment
· Work experience in a NGO working with young people by educational means or social activities
· Current involvement in an NGO, civil movement or initiative working with refugees, IDPs, migrants, or minority youth on inclusion and empowerment
· Motivation to take part in a mutual learning process in a very intercultural setting
· Good level of English to follow the course and to contribute to it
· Wish and ability to participate fully in the event
The participants shall participate in all project activities.
· Step 1 – E-Learning phase in preparation of the 1st training course
The participants will be invited to follow an e-learning course on migration and youth inclusion prior their attendance of the 1st training course in Armenia. The e-course will cover the following themes: reasons and effects of migration, youth work, youth inclusion
· Step 2 - Training Course in Armenia on migration and youth work as a tool in addressing inclusion
challenges of young migrants and minority youth. A training course for 24 youth workers and youth leaders from the EU and the Caucasus on migration and youth inclusion in the youth field
Specific objective of the training course:
o To deepen the understanding of reasons and effects of migration within and to Europe, specifically for
o To strengthen the conceptual understanding of inclusion and empowerment work
o To explore the role of youth work in youth inclusion and empowerment work
o To develop ideas for youth inclusion and empowerment work, specifically addressing he inclusion
challenges of young migrants and minority youth
· Step 3 – Community Analysis in the participants` countries and 2nd E-learning phase
The participants will be asked to conduct a small-scale community research to improve their understanding of the local context and the needs of the young people they wish to work with. The community analysis shall help the participants to better plan community inclusion and empowerment projects. Additionally, a 2nd e-learning module will be offered to the participants. The following themes will be tackled: non-formal education, facilitation and training delivery.
· Step 4 – Training for Trainers in Georgia on youth empowerment
A training course for 24 youth workers and youth leaders from the EU and the Caucasus on youth
empowerment. Specific objective of the training for trainers:
o To increase the conceptual understanding of youth empowerment work amongst youth workers and
o To strengthen educational competences of youth workers and youth leaders designing empowerment
projects, specifically those with an educational dimension
o To design applicable and needs-based empowerment projects and educational programmes
Project Time line:
· August 2016: Preparation of the participants with an online learning course
· September 2016 - Training course on migration and youth work as a tool in addressing inclusion challenges of young migrants and minority youth (Armenia)
· November 2016 - Preparation of the participants with an online learning course
· December 2016 – Training on youth empowerment (Georgia)
· January – March 2017 – Realisation of follow-up projects in the participating communities
· Accommodation and food: fully covered by the programme
· Travel costs: 80% of the actual costs up to the maximum of the amount indicated for the respective distance band