In 2011 the employment rate of youth aged 15 to 24 years fell to 33.6%, the lowest level ever recorded in the history of the European Union. We firmly believe that there is a need to support youth in the choices they make at the beginning of their career path.
We should encourage values such as entrepreneurship, creative thinking and developing passion which can later become an important element of one’s career. In order to meet the demands of the dynamically changing labor market, educational programs should provide both key competences required for today’s job positions and shape long-lasting values such as self-steering, independence and high work ethic.
A reoccurring problem is the lack of innovative teaching methods that will effectively answer the needs of youth and help them develop competences in a long-term perspective. The goal of this project is to help youth master communication in both native and foreign language, encourage independent thinking and learning, improve social skills, create the environment for expanding personal initiative and social entrepreneurship and increase cultural awareness. In addition, we aim to strengthen social entrepreneurship among youth, by supporting them in conducting “values in action” projects, addressing a chosen social problem in their local communities, as a continuation of activities during the transnational meetings.
The project is based on four key international training meetings during which a hosting country presents and teaches it’s innovative methodology. Each international training will have 16 participants: 4 supervising trainers and 12 youth leaders – 4 people from each of the partnering country.
Here is a quick summary of the methods we plan to cover:
Poland: British Drama – method of self-development that engages on 3 levels: physical, emotional and intellectual aims to develop a wide range of skills. Later Poland will present HAE which aims to deepen individual development, self–awareness and emotional and social skills, as well as to help people achieve the change they desire with the presence of the horses.
Slovenia: PLYA program – In order to better adapt to demands of the disadvantaged youth Slovenia works with the program rooted in Transactional Analysis principles which has been proven to be highly effective.
Hungary: The Seven-Step Configuration Analysis is an interpretation system developed for the understanding of the psychology of pictorial and visual expressions and different forms of art.
Portugal: CCSA – enables youth to develop projects in site-specific, participative, community and educative, making connections, integrating and accompanying them throughout the process of work with the local public.
Youth leaders arriving at these transnational meetings will use this week long training as an opportunity to narrow down values which they find to be most important in their life. We can then test these values „In Action” by planning and executing a project after returning to their country of origin. It is the role of the supervisors to support youth leaders in their project completing and evaluation.
After all the transnational meetings take place we will host four international conferences – one in each country. These will allow our youth leaders to showcase their project and it’s impact on community. We firmly believe that being a part of VIAME allows participants to grow, explore their strength and areas for further improvement, identify guiding values and testing their project coordination skills. This will in turn better prepare them for entering the labor market as independent, driven and experienced employees.
Main goals of the project
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