THINK TANK "FALCOGROUP"
Scientific Advisory Center "Consciousness"
AREA OF GLOBALIZATION, DEMOCRATIZATION, INTELLECTUALIZATION
USA/UK 2007-2012 © FALCOGROUP
24 participants from 18 different countries meet in the city of Amarante, Portugal, for a week in order to learn and develop together their training competences, focused in multicultural youth work and local youth participation (and have a lot of fun along the way!). Trainers follow non-formal education methodologies, based in peer learning, experiential learning; participative methods are used - participants shall prepare themselves to be very active along the whole programme. All sessions and activities are held in English language. Topics include: diversity, youth participation, good practices in youth participation, co-operation at local level, advocacy, local youth policies, youth participation project management, etc. This is an ideal opportunity to learn with your international peers and to initiate or further develop your own youth participation project, internationally or locally.
► Experience typical difficulties of a multicultural work setting, developing participants’ positive approach towards diversity and promoting anti-discrimination attitudes.
► Explore youth participation common obstacles and challenges, while formulating corresponding - and eventually innovative - solutions in the frame of youth work and non-formal education.
► Increase participants understanding of the importance of youth participation in its different dimensions: decision making, youth policy lobbying, NGYO’s programmes & activities, transformational leadership and civil society in general, as a human right.
► Introduce the “Have your say! - Manual on the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life” as a reference tool to work in the field of Youth Participation.
► Develop participants understanding of conditions for youth participation and different co-operation forms between local authorities, youth organizations and young people.
► Exchange experiences, practices, opinions, educational tools and materials related to youth participation and diversity.
► Provide participants with standard theory, skills and tools to design, implement and evaluate meaningful and effective youth participation projects, including coaching good practices.
► Provide an opportunity for participants to design a youth participation project to implement as a follow-up of the training, while strengthening the network between the involved partner NGYO’s.
► Introduce a series of resources and funding opportunities that can be useful for bringing participants projects to reality, including Council of Europe and European Youth Foundation programmes.
The great financial support of Council of Europe (www.coe.int) and European Youth Foundation is crucial for the implementation of this project.
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