Preparing Youth for tomorrow – A new Youth Worker’s Mobility

From the 27th of April to the 4th of May, people from different European countries met in Szeged, Hungary, to participate in the “Preparing Youth for tomorrow” training course. The goal of this course, coordinated by Innonet n.o. and implemented by Eurotender Association, was to help youth workers access the labor market by developing new skills, abilities, and knowledge.

The first day was dedicated to getting to know each other by taking part in some activities, such as energizers and team building activities, to work as a cohesive and united group.

One specific activity, for example, consisted in drawing a clock and arranging a meeting with each person in the group individually, and for every hour the topic changed. Moreover, that day participants were asked to write, on three different sheets of paper, their fears, expectations, and hopes anonymously.

At the end of the day, they were divided into focus groups for the debriefing, answering questions about the activities and what they had learned. In addition, each group had to create an energizer for a particular morning, reminding the others of the previous day’s activities.

Before the start of the project, each participant had to research data on the current labor market in their country. During the project, each country made a presentation with data and peculiarities of the labor situation in their country. In particular, with a focus on youth unemployment.

The day after, participants took part in a workshop with a psychologist about coaching and mentoring. They were asked to split into groups of two where one was the coach/mentor and the other was the client.

In the first activity, the coach had to help the client to understand how to reach a specific goal. In the second activity, the mentor (that could be changed) was supposed to help the client to do a reframing about a disappointing event in his life. That was an emotional moment because they got to share about their personal life and helped each other to achieve the goal of improving themselves.

By the end of the project, they understood that the real meaning of knowledge is to change and develop as a person, make new meaningful connections and understand how to use all this knowledge in the labor market.

Through different activities, participants realized that there are other ways of learning than just theory. Each of them changed perspectives and ways of thinking and overall the project had a positive impact on them.