Erasmus+ funded – Training Course
7-14th November 2018
EI-Positive was an international project based on the implementation of a youth workers mobility (Training Course) which took place in Worcester, United Kingdom, on 7-14 November 2018. The mobility gathered 29 participants representing 21 different youth and community organisations from 19 countries (United Kingdom, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Slovenia, Slovakia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Spain). All of the partner promoters represented entities active at the local, regional and/or international level and working with or wishing to involve in the future in various youth activities.
AIM AND OBJECTIVES:
The project is aimed at developing capacities of youth work practitioners in effectively applying emotional intelligence practices to empower young people towards ‘finding their ‘Element’’ as well as working on shaping their further personal and professional development.
We wished to achieve that by:
– reflecting on the situation of young people nowadays (Especially those hard to reach, NEET) to better understand the need for support and guidance in pursuing their passions, talents, etc
– training youth work practitioners in basic concepts of EI and building the case for its application in the youth field – in the course of the training participant will be introduced to the latest theories of EI as well as other types of intelligence that exist out there.
– providing first-hand experience in developing emotional intelligence competences (personal and social) as a means of bringing out the positive elements (talents) in young people
– equipping youth work practitioners with a set of creative tools and methods related to youth empowerment through emotional intelligence)
– exchanging further tools and best practices in the area of youth empowerment and supporting young people’s personal and professional development
– facilitating networking between partner promoters and development of strategies for the future joint projects aimed at youth empowerment.
All workshops implemented as part of the mobility were conducted with the use of diverse non-formal education methods. These included: individual, pair and group work, simulations, team-building, brainstorming, world cafe and other forms of debates, presentations for and by participants themselves, tools sharing, networking practical skills development sessions, feedback and evaluation activities. Also, typical elements such as icebreakers and energisers we used so as to stimulate the group at any given time.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AND IMPACT OF THE PROJECT:
‘EI Positive’ training course was based on a series of intensive and interactive workshops, which enabled those attending to develop a range of competences. The best illustration of the above are participants’ own reflections gathered as part of the project final evaluation. Here are a few most prominent quotes:
Q: Which new competences did you gain related to the topics of the training course (emotional intelligence, youth empowerment, etc.)?
– I learnt more about self-awareness, self-regulation and motivation.
– I learned more about the five main skills for emotional intelligence and how to apply them better in youth work.
– I reminded myself to be aware of myself and to be aware of different universes of others, I am (again) more motivated to do that, to pay more attention to non-verbal communication, to the possible intentions of the others etc.
– I improved my skills related to the “interpersonal part”: active listening, cooperating, empathy, patience, I see myself now in public places trying to observe others non-verbal communication, and if it comes to the “intrapersonal part”: self-awareness, motivation and working on my motivation, self-regulation, empathy and active listening towards myself and my needs
– I gained the competence to understand the different working methods of the members of a group, competence to solve emotional issues and the competence to be aware of my emotions and those around me.
– A better understanding of youth work across Europe, great tools, ability to recognize thinking traps, a better understanding of peoples emotions, even actions perhaps and in general.
– I didn’t know for sure what was the meaning of emotional intelligence, I had an idea about it, but now I know better what is this. I think that I have improved the competence of communication in this training course.
– We watched a video about the differences between sympathy and empathy. It was very useful for understanding (the meaning of sympathy)
– What I’m most pleased of is that I raised my competences in the emotional intelligence field – both personal and for working with others. I also feel much more confident for working with youths.
– I learned new methods of working with young people in order to motivate them in their process of learning. I also did something for the first time in my life – for 30 seconds I was a bell ringer 😉 I also got to know new, interesting singers thanks to really good music played during different activities 🙂
– The TC increased my awareness of self-control and techniques to enhance self-control and empathy. The TC helped me to be more self-aware and increased my meta-cognition.
– I know now in a more precise way how to help someone start searching for what they really want and who they really are by using the tools applied to us during the course.
Q: What did you learn on a personal level about yourself, other people, or other cultures?
– I strongly believe that in order to help others, we have to be sorted ourselves. Therefore for me it was valuable to use some of the methods on myself, to explore how can I look at my path or my goals or my being-lost from different angles.
– Unexpectedly, another big gain was the set of questions that can lead or support young person in their self-research or path of growth. By listening to other participants or checking the suggestions in methods, I realised the importance of the question correctly asked.
– I learned that opening up to people can be more beneficial that I’d thought before, that it is possible to form a good connection with people that are vastly different to me, how easily bonds can form within complete strangers, seeking out positives rather than negatives in others.
– Self-confidence, to appreciate different cultures more, gratitude
– I really enlarged my view on people’s feelings, expectations, understanding and reality – we are like pebbles in the river, we all seem to be deep in the same water, but we all have different shapes, thanks to or despite the water running around us. I get to see things from different perspectives now and to be more patient with myself and everybody around.
– I am really happy with the number of practical tools I managed to get my hands on.
– I gained more courage and self-confidence. Also enhanced my social skills and connected to different people. Although I feel like I still failed with expressing myself fully on an emotional level.
– I was happy to use the English language in the natural environment. I also learned more about myself as a participant of the course taken abroad, as a tourist and as a roommate of two foreign friends 🙂
– I enriched my toolbox when it comes to personal development and orientation tools. I practiced my patient, ability to share with others on a personal level and thinking about gratitude in my life.
– I managed to gain a better insight and as a result more self-awareness. And the most important question for me was: how empathetic Am I actually?
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