Project “Open Up” identifies a link between self-awareness and youth unemployment in a way that if youngsters are aware of their individual potential, they will be more open and confidant to create projects that will increase that potential, consequently creating possible employment opportunities. As such, “Open Up” aims to support youth workers in helping youth to overcome unemployment and its consequences, through developing young people’s competences and knowledge in the areas of self-awareness, entrepreneurship, healthy behaviors, communication, contributing towards the creation of employment opportunities. The very project is a set of two international mobility: a Study Visit (Open Up to See) and a Training Course (Open Up To Learn – 6-13 September 2015)
The first mobility which recruitment is being organised for - “Open Up to See” - is a study visit co-financed by the Erasmus + Programme, that will take place in Setúbal, Portugal, from 29th June to 5th July 2015. It will gather 24 youth workers, youth leaders and people that work with youth from Portugal, Albania, Armenia, Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, UK and Norway. The aim of the mobility is to explore and understand the role of youth work in combating youth unemployment. Through non-formal education methodologies, the project will give youth workers the opportunity to visit innovative projects in Setúbal and Lisbon related to youth work, in the areas of entrepreneurship and healthy behaviors; It will also provide a space for sharing of good practices and resources in order to establish future cooperation with the aim of working on preventing the consequences of youth unemployment.
Open up to see
This project idea came from the successful training course we organized in November 2012 called “Formal Education meets Non Formal Learning, the competence based approach” and aims to train people working with youth or would like to work with youth in the near future, as facilitators, tutors or coaches. It aims to offer clear learning outcomes for the individuals and capacity building for the organizations participating.
The project will involve 24 participants from 12 countries and it will last for 7 working days. The participants are expected to develop skills and competences, which they can use in the future for organizing and facilitating seminars and youth exchanges, coaching youth initiatives or local projects with youth groups and being tutors for groups or individuals.
The candidates should have medium to good experience in working with young people and in Non-formal education, as well as in implementing youth programs. Ideally, they will have medium to good (at least 1-2 years) experience working as freelancers, staff or volunteers in youth organizations.