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Youth Workers as Agents for Change

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Határidő: 2016.06.30.

Training Course

23-28 September 2016 | Piispala Youth Centre, Finland

for 25 participants
from Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Slovenia

and recommended for
Youth workers, Trainers, Project managers

Working language(s): English

Centre for International Mobility CIMO (National Agency)

Dialogue your way out of conflict – equipping youth workers to improve cohesion and trust when working with youth and communities. This training will give you skills to bring people together, and to create space for dialogue and social transformation.
Do you worry about the increase of mistrust, fear, racism, extremist behaviour, radicalization and religious discrimination such as islamophobia? Tired of endless debating and discussions and lack of meaningful actions? Well, how about becoming an agent for change yourself?

This training course will give youth workers skills to bring people together, and to create space for dialogue and social transformation. By understanding the principals of dialogue, we can use them in our local situations. The training course will: 
- give the skills and confidence to think long term and outside the box and to become Agents for Change in local communities
- give tools for dialogue in different local realities and situations
- familiarise participants with aspects which they need to take note of before, during and after facilitating a dialogue
- give greater confidence to facilitate a diverse group in an inclusive manner
- explore what a facilitator needs to take heed of when facilitating dialogue with people from different ethnic, religious, cultural or ideological backgrounds as well as what to do to ensure equal gender participation
- look into recognising existing power structures and how minority/majority positions may affect the possibility to participate in dialogue

The Objectives Are:

- to reflect critically the role of youth workers as agents for change
- to develop skills to harness the dialogue process 
- to learn different approaches and methods to gain the trust of young people and members of different communities
- to learn to facilitate meetings of groups with opposing views and create safe and inspiring space for a dialogue
- to create and familiarise the participants with a training module to increase the number of youth workers acquainted with the importance of and the principals of dialogue

Who should participate?

Youth workers who are interested in developing their skills on how to harness the dialogue process in the work that they do.

Preparatory tasks

The training course will include some preparatory tasks before the training to explore the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities which may exist in your local reality. This will include mapping the power structures and key stakeholders. The participants will be given more detail of preparatory tasks well before the training course. The participants are expected to commit themselves to complete the tasks before coming to Finland. Participants are also expected to disseminate the learning outcomes of the training in their local community/ organisations and organise something after the training.

Our Team Approach

The methodological approach is heavily influenced by the theories and practices of Paolo Freire and Mahatma Gandhi. The programme is highly participative with self-reflective and action oriented approaches to change and dialogue included in the daily programme. The trainers have experience in youth work, community work, interfaith dialogue and facilitating dialogue processes in conflict and post-conflict societies.

The venue

The training is organised in the youth centre of Piispala in Central Finland. Piispala is a haven of peace located in the countryside about an hour away from the closest city. The arrival and departure point of this training course is the city of Jyväskylä (4 hours from Helsinki).


Application deadline: 24 June 2016
Date of selection:  8 July 2016



This project is financed by the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your Erasmus+: Youth in Action NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Note: Hungarian applicants are expected to apply on a Hungarian and on an English application form, too.

Hungarian application form, more information and conditions:

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Application form in English


For any questions or more information please contact:

Gulácsi Ildikó
Képzési és információs munkacsoport-vezető
Coordinator of the Training and Information Team 
Erasmus+ Ifjúsági Programiroda | Erasmus+ Youth National Agency

Család-, Ifjúság- és Népesedéspolitikai Intézet
Institute for Family, Youth and Population Policy
HU-1134 Budapest, Tüzér utca 33-35.
Tel: +36 1 237 6762 
E-mail: ildiko.gulacsi@csini-int.hu

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Erasmus+ ifjúsági csoport:
1077 Budapest, Kéthly Anna tér 1.
E-mail: info@tpf.hu
Tel.:(+36 1) 237-1300
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