IJGD team has identified and shared some of the same concern with partner organisations regarding the challenges we find in youth work. Most of the challenges that were not related to the technical side of our job were narrowed down to one single point – lack of selfcare and self–support tools and mechanisms which would support our own well–being, empower us and allow us to avoid the burnout and emotional breakouts. Furthermore, the same concern has been identified in regards to organizations we work for – the lack of capacities, skills or knowledge of the tools that would allow us to have a support needed for the psychological and emotional recharge in situation of conflicts, work in stressful or emotionally overcharged settings, work with young people who require our full attention and devotion or simply work overload and long working hours in constantly changing contexts of the youth work. With an aim to address this challenge, IJGD plans to gather trainers in nonformal education with particular set of skills in self–development, psychotherapy, meditation and mindfulness, to develop a programme which will address this issue and support youth workers themselves in how to process high demands educational programmes have in regards to emotional and psychological support of the participants, especially among those coming from vulnerable groups and how to self–regulate stressful elements of their work, in order to provide and create more attentive, empathetic and emotionally supportive learning environment for their beneficiaries, as well for themselves and their colleagues.
The aim of this project is to increase the impact youth work and youth work practitioners have on young people by providing them with the tools which will support their personal wellbeing and self–care, while increasing professional achievements through better awareness of their own and needs of their colleagues and target group. During the training course (7 working days) the participants will be presented with basic theories and techniques surrounding the topic, namely on psychological support, working with vulnerable groups, mindfulness, yoga, meditation and other techniques.
The target group for the training course: youth workers, trainers, educators, project managers, young people active in youth work in their organizations.
In ideal scenario, participants of the training course will be also the leaders of the two youth exchanges, out of which one will take place in Germany and another one in Serbia (information will follow).
Costs of accommodation and lodging will be covered by the project grant. The travel costs will be covered according to distance calculator as defined by the European Commission. COVID–19 test, if required to enter Serbia, will be covered by the grant.
How to apply
Please send an application form (uploaded in the left column) to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 1st of March.