Bridging local youth work and international opportunities

Youth Work We Do

We share examples from our work of supporting youth with sensitivity to their stories and needs. You can find here field-tested approaches and case studies

We connect local youth organizations with European opportunities and resources. We create wider pathways for the learning and growth of youth.

This network builds on this bigger “team” of youth workers and organizations, and multiplies the resources and opportunities available for everyone involved.

A lot of resources are dedicated to educational youth programs in Europe. One aim of these programs is to support young people who have less support and more difficulties in the early stages of their lives.

There are “local heroes’, youth workers, and organizations who make an important difference in the life of these youth. These local actors often seek to expand the horizon for the young people they support, but their resources are limited.

We support young people in overcoming obstacles they face and making it possible for them to participate in learning programs that are more accessible for youth with less challenging backgrounds.

Resources

Check out the Resources page created and recommended by our network.
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Approaches

Experiential Education

Our main approach is based on experiential education and experiential learning. Participants learn about themselves, group work and cooperation in a non-formal setting, reflecting on their experiences. This gives the opportunity for individual personal development, better group cooperation, expanding our comfort zone, experiencing new experiences, and reflecting on experiences.

Facilitating group processes, non-formal learning, team building

The trainers of our organization use the non-formal learning context, experiential and adventure education, facilitating group processes and leading reflection processes to help groups to develop a real, cooperative team of individuals, able to effectively mobilize their resources, to use and direct the collective knowledge and skills of individuals in the interests of the team.

Coaching - supportive conversation

„Only when we relate to the other person as a person, when we take responsibility for ourselves in the relationship, when we feel that we have the right to be who we are, can we really help the other person. Such a deep encounter of client and therapist can ease the pain of feeling alone.” (Rogers C R, 2008, p.118) We try to apply Rogers’ principles above in our one-to-one conversations, whether in coaching or supportive conversations.

Solution focused approach

The central idea of a solution-focused approach is that in therapy and/or facilitation, it is worth focusing on identifying and reinforcing behaviours and practices that work well, and on building awareness of successes and resources, rather than on problems that arise. It is based on the premise that each client is an expert in his or her own life. The solution-focused approach has worked well at individual, team and organisational level.

Trauma informed approach

The young people who take part in our programmes often experience personal stories that strongly influence how they go about their lives. In order to be able to live with the potentially traumatic events they have experienced, they behave and are present differently from their peers. Trauma-informed approach helps us to ask ourselves “what happened to him” rather than “what is wrong” with the young person’s behavior. This sensitivity, coupled with compassion and professional knowledge, helps us to deliver our programmes in a way that promotes the participation and development of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Tools of artistic expression

The artistic tools used are mainly aimed at fostering creativity, a feeling of freedom, the experience of self-expression for its own sake and, through these, supporting mental health, resilience and competence development in general. The range of artistic methods used is wide, but includes processes guided through free drawing and painting, other manual creative activities, free movement and dance, improvisational theatre, fairy tales and storytelling.

Approaches in practice

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