MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUTH WORK
18-26 October 2021 in Neu Nagelberg, Austria
Countries: Spain, Greece, Germany, UK, France, Turkey, Italy and Austria.
Much work has been done to raise awareness about mental health and mental disorders, but there is still so much more to go. For this program, we diverted it to a more interesting way – “Film making”.
This activity was directed towards breaking mental health stigma and let the participants understand mental health issues more deeply.
“Mental Health in Youth Work” training course also held a session about “Non-Violent Communication” to teach the participant how to peacefully express their feelings and needs, so that other people can more easily relate to us. Afterwards, we did some indoor yoga session. Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind.
Then, a very interesting kind of meditation was organized – the "Guided Chakra Meditation". This guided meditation is being done to rebalance our system and restore all corners of our body.
We paused for a moment to give ourselves an opportunity to reflect and #BeOneWithNature. "Forestbathing" proved to significantly improve mood, give a sense of peace, calmness, balance, and provides in general benefit both for emotional well-being and overall health.
Then, everyone returned indoors to learn about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other Positive Psychology Interventions. This session led the participants to gain knowledge to better strategies for managing mental illness, correcting negative behaviours, and increase happiness and productivity.
And to wind up, participants from 8 different countries (and over 15+ nationalities) sit around their self-made bonfire and enjoyed the flickering light from the fire, crackling sounds of the burning wood, and the warmth of being together.
TREACTION: tuRning idEAs into ACTION
15-23 October 2021 in Narva, Estonia
Countries: Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland.
In October our group took part in a training course “REACTION: tuRning idEAs into ACTION” in Narva, Estonia. The aim of the course was to create an inclusive environment for developing new ideas and social projects that can change the quality of life of people with special needs and disabilities. The participants of the training acquired new skills and competences in working with diverse groups of young people.
During the training we looked at different aspects of disability, inclusion and integration; principles of communication with people with and without special needs; examples (successful and not so successful) of multilevel groups. This training provided a space for dialogue and exchange of experience between participants from Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland.
The programme included the following topics:
The knowledge acquired at the course was shared with the members of the organisation.
Training of Trainers. Phase 1
30 August - 07 September 2021 in Rabka-Zdrój, Poland
Countries: Greece, Spain, Hungary, Estonia, Turkey
An excellent and fruitful week was spent by our Olga Sokolova and Daria Gaskova on the Erasmus+ training course for youth workers and trainers, which was organised by Europe4Youth in Rabka-Zdrój, Poland.
Together with participants polished their skills on facilitating learning programmes and designing educational tools; analysed conditions for learning, trainers mistakes and learners needs; explored cities of Rabka-Zdrój, Zakopane and Kraków during the day off.
The phase 2. is scheduled for November 2021.
Mindfulness - A full mind
11-18 August 2021 in Bakonyszentlászló, Hungary.
Countries: Finland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Germany and Hungary
This August our members took part in a seven-day long youth exchange ‘Mindfulness - A full mind’, hosted by Budapest Association for International Sports in Bakonyszentlászló, Hungary.
The participants learned about the practices on mental health and well-being as well as providing them with the opportunity to understand how emotional well-being can be improved by mindfulness, meditation and regular physical exercise. They had the opportunity to learn about stress and emotion management, healthy habits, mindful eating, entrepreneurship and much more. There were also chances to try different kinds of meditation practices, yoga, breathing exercises and qigong.
Through the activities, participants had the opportunity to improve their self-awareness, connection with nature and develop their key competencies.
GameINC: Developing Inclusive Games for Diverse Groups of Players
09-17 July 2021 in Narva, Estonia
Countries: Estonia, Germany, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland & Finland
In July 2021 youth workers, youth NGO leaders, educators and aspiring trainers gathered in Narva, Estonia, to explore the field of inclusive educational game design.
Educational games have been gaining in popularity in recent years. The game is a simple yet incredibly effective tool in the work of youth workers and educators. However, often when working with inclusive groups, professionals do not know how to adapt certain games to the needs of the group. The training course “GameInc: Developing Inclusive Games for Diverse Groups of Players” aimed to develop educational games and adapt them for an inclusive group. Under the guidance of experienced trainers, participants learned practical tools for the development of educational games and their adaptation for different groups of young people (regular and multilevel).
The training course was intensive and included 4 practical sessions of 90 minutes a day, as well as time for individual and team reflection in the evenings. The programme included the following topics:
More about the project implementation you can read in the blog of the project (in Russian): gameincnarva.blogspot.com/
On the 2nd of October 2021 one of the games created during the training course “GameInc: Developing Inclusive Games for Diverse Groups of Players” was tested by the members of EWE and the valuable feedback was shared! The participants also have learned more about inclusion and game dynamics.
Game is a powerful learning tool, which our organisation values and our youth workers use in a non-formal learning format of the youth work we do.
Fore more info on the project, see above.
Online Training Course: Digital Facilitation Bootcamp
14/15/21/22 April 2021
Countries: Turkey and Germany
ONLINE TRAINING COURSE "DIGITAL FACILITATION BOOTCAMP" is the second cohort of the "Collaboration and Learning in Virtual Worlds" Training Course, which was implemented in autumn 2020 by the same team and same organisations.
At "Digital Facilitation Bootcamp" we explored the following topics:
• non-formal and participative learning in virtual settings;
• facilitating groups and creating communities virtually;
• group dynamics and team engagement online;
• enabling the power of the "digital crowd" in a positive way;
• integration of virtual youth exchange into the existing programmes of youth organisations.
More information about the project: http://youthlearning.eu
Local Digital Training Course:
Democracy under Surveillance: A New Threat
04/11/18/25 March, 01/08 April 2021
Nowadays democracy experiences new threats, as one of the basic human rights - freedom of speech (or freedom of expression) - is being violated. Recent current events in the U.S. and European countries force us to reflect on the critical topic of citizens' democratic freedom to receive and impart information. We are seeing more censorship, manipulative algorithms and targeted misinformation campaigns.
We believe that young people should have a platform to discuss the concept of “freedom of expression” as a human right and also a responsibility of every individual. We offered an open space to talk about it at different angles.
The 6 weeks long course consisted of...
◉ 6 workshops and talks with the professional journalists
◉ self-learning interactive content between the sessions in Telegram
The politicisation of TikTok