We and Erasmus+

Youth Support Centre since 2016 is active partner and applicant organisation in Erasmus+ Programme.
We established long-term and reliable partnerships with non-governmental organisations, associations, foundations, schools and companies from Poland, The Republic of North Macedonia, Greece, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Cyprus.
The network of experienced trainers, youth leaders, project managers and volunteers as well as huge experience in project cycle, logistics and resourses has been successfully build up while implementing already 7 projects co-funded by Erasmus + Programme of the European Union.
  • Training Course „Youth Support Youth”,
    August/September 2016, Stara Kraśnica, Poland
  • Training Course „Youth Employability Stimulators of Tomorrow”,
    January/February 2017, Szklarska Poręba, Poland
  • Training Course Youth Employability Leaders of Tomorrow,
    December 2018, Wrocław, Poland
  • Seminar „Youth Activators in Harmony”,
    April 2019, Jagniątków – Jelenia Góra, Poland
  • Seminar „Let’s get online”,
    August 2019, Jagniątków – Jelenia Góra, Poland
  • Training Course „Rising Digital Youth Workers”,
    January 2020, Stara Kraśnica, Poland
  • Training Course „Training on Leadership and Facilitation in Youth Work”, March 2020, Stara Kraśnica, Poland

What is more, there is ongoing Youth Exchange ” Balance Yourself Together with Us” that was supposed to be implemented on April 2020 in Jagniątków, Poland but had to be post-poned to August/September 2020.

Training on Leadership and Facilitation in Youth Work 13-20 March 2020


The Training on Leadership and Facilitation in Youth work was a main activity of the project targeting youth workers, youth leaders, NGOs and youth.

The Training Course was hosted from 13th to 20th of March 2020 at a guesthouse „Gościniec pod Gruszą” in Stara Kraśnica, Poland.

Main aims of the project:
– to equip partnering organisations with well – prepared personel – youth workers so they can work with young people on local, regional, national and international level with success;
– to give certain knowledge, skills and competences based on non-formal methods and tools in facilitation of workshops for youth;
– to increase participants’ self-confidence and leadership competences.

We accomplished the main goal of the project by:
– providing youth workers with knowledge and experience on succesful facilitation
– teaching effective methods that can engage young people we work with
– teaching and providing direct examples to youth workers about leadership in youth work
– improving youth workers knowledge and skills in using non-formal education’s tools, methods and instruments
– creating a booklet of innovative, tested, applicable workshops for youth
– supporting youth workers in self and proffesional development
– fostering international cooperation of partner organisations
– developing follow-up activities on local level
– building up capacity of youth workers and partnering organisations
– promoting importance of developing leadership and facilitation among youth workers
– creating a network of self-confident and professional youth leaders
– facilitators ready to work with young people on local, national and international level
– promoting Erasmus + Programme and European Union
– promoting non-formal education
– promoting partnering organisations as reliable and experienced partners

The project links to the objectives of the Erasmus+ programme and the Europe 2020 Strategy (Lifting young people out of the risk of poverty and social exclusion) by raising awareness of the ways to motivate and include young people into the society.

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

  • Bolu Belediye Baskanligi, Turkey
  • EIQ FORMACIÓN, Spain
  • ASSOCIAÇÃO NOVO MUNDO AZUL, Portugal
  • CET PLATFORMA SKOPJE, The Republic of North Macedonia
  • STUDENTSKA ORGANIZACIJA UNIVERZE V LJUBLJANI, Slovenia
  • ASOCIATIA PENTRU PROMOVAREA EGALITATII INTRE TINERI, Romania
  • Cooperativa Sociale Immaginaria A R.L.Onlus, Italy

A Toolkit from Youth Activator in Harmony

We would like to present you a document created by participants of the Training Course ” Youth Activator in Harmony” hosted on April 2019 in Poland.

Training time contained mainly of non-formal methods of work, presentations and workshop exercises, as well as small talks, written or drawn summaries.

The methods used in the content of the training were: basics of AcroYoga, PlayFight, Contact Improvisation, voice work, simple and polyphonic song, rhythm play, voice improvisation and elements of Mindfulness.

Sharing tools methods and structures are based on Open Space Technology.

Each activity, and in some cases also each exercises, were summarized and there was space for the participants to express their experience and find implementation for it in their field of work.

Harvesting methods: “Focused Journaling”, everyday “Chewing Trios” and “Group Sharing”, World Cafe, FishBowl, MindMapping and open discussions.

Visit the blog of the project to explore more: https://yahbyysc.wordpress.com/

Ana-Maria about Youth Activator in Harmony

There were severel facilitation techniques use by trainers which included group discussion (2-5 persons) and a lot of practical implementation of the techniques (in order to make sure all the participants get the whole concept and practice what we learn).

It was useful the practice exercices (voice and rhytms tools; acro yoga tools; balancing exercices).

These I start have started to use in my profesional activity in 1 to 1 terapy but also in social groups (2-5 children) for the age 3 to 12 years old. I also use tools from open space – sharing tools (rabbit game, dark room).

I have improved haw to encourage social skills for children in a playfull atmosphere.

Ana-Maria Cuturoi, Romania
Balancing

Veronica about Youth Activator in Harmony

I improved my skills in getting confident with myself through growing awareness of my body and mentality.

Not everybody feels comfortable interacting with strangers, that’s why youth trainers should be able to indicate people how to communicate even non-verbally with others.

For instance, Trainer Olga taught us tools to ‚warm up’ before starting whatever exercise ; listen to our feelings – be they positive or negative; meet others’ needs in order to better adapt whatever exercise or tool to their personality , thus renforcing group membership and appealing people’s trust in ourselves.

This Training course represents the best experience I’ve ever had . I met my limits, I ‚ve been put into challenging situations that I finally approached with my best.

Never forget those sharing moments with all the group discussing about everyone’s opinions about the several sessions we attended during that week.

Veronica Varricchio, Italy
Veronica while acro yoga session

Erasmus+ Projects

Would you like to know what are the projects we are involve to?

Since we are mostly involve into Erasmus+ Programme projects, we will bring you closer the definition taken from Erasmus + Guide and our practice.

When you hear the term: a youth exchange or a training course, seminar, mobility of youth workers for the first time – you might not be sure what is it all about. We would like to make it more clear and in the same time encourage you to do own research afterwards.

  • The project itself may last from 3 to 24 months ( most common for the project with one activity – a youth exchange for young people/ seminar or training course for youth workers – is period from 6 to 9 months).

We consider the period of 9 months for beginners to be the most convinient and safe. The project cycle implementation demands time for management, logistics, agreements, team work of partnering organisation, preparation of participants. All will go smooth and changes will be easier to adapt when you do not stress yourself about deadlines … and It is very common on the begining to have delays, disagreements, improvements, changes.
We propose you the following stages:
a) from 1st to 3rd month after the positive results – preparation phase
b) during 4th month – implementation of the activity
c) 5th to 8th month – follow up/ dissemination of results
d) 8th to 9th month – evaluation and summary
* and after each project end you have 2 months for report.

Projects for young people – a youth exchange.

Projects for young people contains an activity called – a youth exchange. As the name is referring to – it is an exchange of young people coming from other countries.

  • The main activity of the project – the youth exchange itself – may last from 5 to 21 days (excluding travel days).
  • In the project should be involved at least 2 international groups.
The idea of a youth exchange is to gather young people with age from 13 to 30 that share common interests in order to give them space and possibility for international meeting and peer to peer education.

A youth exchange should have an activities/ workshops designed by youth and implemented by them with a support of youth leaders.

Leaders should be 18+. The role of a leader is to give support, do mentoring and monitor learning process.

From our experience, most common are youth exchanges which gather from 3 to 6 countries. In total there are usually from 30 to 40 youth participants + leaders. For groups bigger than 8 young people from each country we recommend to have 2 group leaders.

  • A youth exchange must be hosted in the country of one the the participating groups.
  • A youth exchange must gather from 15 to 60 young people (excluding leaders) and there must be minimum 4 participants coming from each country (excluding leaders). Each group must have at least one leader.

Projects for people working with youth – mobilities of youth workers.

Mobilities of youth workers are seminars, training courses, meetings, conferences.

The main aim is to bring youth workers ( youth trainers, youth leaders, teachers, people working in youth organisations and institutions, volunteers) together to share good practice, learn new tools and methods, raise awareness, improve knowledge, develop skills and build partnerships.

Duration of a seminar, training course, meetings etc. depends on your and your partners needs, topic, aims and objectives and workshops. There are really different mobilities for youth workers, starting from 3 -4 days to evenr 7-9 days.

  • The activity ( seminar, training, meeting, conference etc.) must last from 2 days in a row to 2 months and take place in one of participating countries.
  • There is no age limit of participants.

Number of participants and partners coming from different countries depends on your idea, capacity and involved stakeholders. We have participated in projects with seminars or training courses desinged for 20-30 participants. From each partner were participating 3 or 4 delegated persons.

  • The max number of participants is 50 (excluding personel and staff)
  • The min number of participating countries is 2.

We presented you the basics and most relevant information for project planning based on our experience.

Below you can find main info from the Programme Guide.

The activities must also be planned in advance and be based on participatory methods that:

– offer space for interaction of participants, sharing of ideas, avoiding passive listening;
– allow participants to contribute to the activities with their own knowledge and skills, reversing the traditional roles of outside “experts” (a reversal of learning, from extracting to empowering);
– allow participants to undertake their own analyses, including reflections on competences acquired during the activity (i.e. their own learning outcomes);
– ensure that participants have influence over project decisions, not simply involvement.

Erasmus+ Programme Guide

Youth projects funded by the Erasmus+ Programme must adhere to the following non-formal and informal learning principles:

– learning in non-formal contexts is intended and voluntary;
– young people and youth workers are actively participating in the planning, preparation, implementation and evaluation of the project;
– learning activities take place in a diverse range of environments and situations;
– the activities are carried out with the support of professional facilitators (such as trainers, youth workers, experts in the youth field) or volunteers (such as youth leaders, youth trainers, etc.); – the activities usually document learning in a specific, field-oriented way.

Erasmus+ Programme Guide

Finally, the activities should have an intercultural/European dimension and:

– encourage participants to reflect on European topics and to involve them in the construction of Europe;
– offer participants the opportunity to identify common values with persons from different countries in spite of their cultural differences;
– challenge viewpoints that perpetuate inequality, discrimination;
– promote the respect of cultural diversity and fight against racism or xenophobia.

Erasmus+ Programme Guide

Find more here:

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/programme-guide/part-b/three-key-actions/key-action-1/mobility-project-for-young-people-and-youth-workers_en

Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The Erasmus+ programme is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport 2014-2020. Find Erasmus+ opportunities!

The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU’s commitment to investing in these areas. Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.

Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.

It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.

Erasmus+ is open to a number of countries across Europe and beyond.  Programme and Partner Countries



Where can I find information?

If you are a citizen of an EU Member State, you can get more information on the Erasmus+ Programme in the National Agency of Erasmus+ Programme in your country, the list of the National Agencies you can find here.

If you are a citizen of non-EU Member State, for more information visit here.

Also read Study in Europe

https://erasmusplus.org.pl/strony-informacyjne/why-erasmus-programme/

KA2: Socialartshub by Immaginaria coop Sociale

The strategic partnership „Socialartshub: strengthen key skills for life long learning through sharing adult education programs using the performing arts tools” is part of an exchanging process of good practices between European organizations operating in the field of adult education. The field is about strengthening and developing key competences for long life learning for disadvantaged adult learners through the performing arts tools (music, theater, dance, slam poetry).

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/socialartshub/

Objectives of the strategic partnership for the exchange of good practices:

  • to strengthen the cooperation between the organizations involved
  • to increase the process of exchange of good practices on the subject of strengthening key competences for disadvantaged adults through the performing arts
  • to increase the skills and techniques of the trainers in education for adult performing arts, experimenting and increasing innovative methods of developing key competences and social inclusion through the performing arts.

The direct participants of the activities organized within this strategic partnership will be 96, half will be adult disadvantaged learners with low schooling and economic profile, half will be educators and operators active in the field of education for adults interested in developing their techniques training through the use of tools provided by the performing arts.

The activities that the partnership will implement are:
– 3 administrative -management meetings (Kick of meetings, mid-term meetings, final evaluation meetings),
– 5 international trainings each dedicated to the development and techniques of strengthening and development of basic skills and social inclusion through the use of the performing arts (theater, music, dance, poetry slam and integrated arts).

The general methodology of the project will be the experiential learning, also known as „Learning by doing”, „Peer to peer” peer education, and „Coaching”. These methods will first allow the acquisition of competences from the inputs generated by the trainers and then the sharing and exchange of knowledge by the participants.

The results of the project will be the enhancement of key competences in disadvantaged adult learners, the improvement of educational techniques and tools for the development of key competences in the operators and educators of the adult education sector, a wider dissemination of the practice artistic in adulthood.

The impact will initially be measurable at the various partner organizations, which through this partnership will have the opportunity to increase the knowledge and skills of their operators, to then extend the results achieved also to institutions, associations and organizations operating in the same scope.

The potential long-term benefits will be those of generating a true and proper virtuous path of cooperation first and foremost among the partner organizations, then between the areas used, adult education and performing arts, for social growth and the conception of an increasingly inclusive society and harmonious.

Project number: 2019-1-IT02-KA204-063215

Partnering organisations:

  • Fez-Landesmusikakademie (Germany)
  • Youth Support Center (Poland)
  • Novo Mundo and Albergar-te (Portugal)
  • Fundacja Sztuka Nauki (Poland)
  • UNITED SOCIETIES OF BALKANS ASTIKI ETAIREIA
  • Areadne OE (Greece).

The project is co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Training Course Rising Digital Youth Workers 13-20 January 2020

Rising Digital Youth Workers was a mobility of youth workers – the training course hosted in peaceful Guesthouse Gościniec pod Gruszą, in Stara Kraśnica, the land of extinct vulcanos, Poland from 13th to 20th of January 2020.

The Training Course gathered 24 participants: youth trainers, youth leaders, members, employees, co-workers and volunteers actively involved in life of partner organisations coming from Poland, Romania, Turkey, Serbia, North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia, Malta, Lithuania, Greece and Portugal.

The Training Course Rising Digital Youth Workers was the second activity of the Project : „Let’s get online and Rising Digital Youth Workers” co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

What were the main objectives of the project?

  • to provide knowledge, practices to youth workers how to analyse and strategically create communication of organisations on the Internet
  • to educate and provide direct examples to youth workers about online threats that effect partner organisations and their target groups (cyber safety)
  • to enhance participants ICT skills and competences and raise awareness about importance of new media use
  • to improve youth workers knowledge and skills in using digital tools, programmes and channels
  • to foster international cooperation of partner organisations and to develop follow-up activities on local level.

Seminar Let’s get online 7-12 August 2019

Let’s get online was a mobility of youth workers – the seminar hosted in cozy and beautiful Guesthouse Willa Jagniątków, near Jelenia Góra, Poland from 7th to 12th of August 2019.

The Seminar gathered 24 participants: youth trainers, youth leaders, members, employees, co-workers and volunteers actively involved in life of partner organisations coming from Poland, Romania, Turkey, Serbia, North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia, Malta, Lithuania, Greece and Portugal.

The seminar Let’s get online was the first activity of the Project : „Let’s get online and Rising Digital Youth Workers” co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

What were the main objectives of the project?

  • to provide knowledge, practices to youth workers how to analyse and strategically create communication of organisations on the Internet;
  • to educate and provide direct examples to youth workers about online threats that effect partner organisations and their target groups (cyber safety);
  • to enhance participants ICT skills and competences and raise awareness about importance of new media use;
  • to improve youth workers knowledge and skills in using digital tools, programmes and channels;
  • to foster international cooperation of partner organisations and to develop follow-up activities on local level.