Youth work is a fundamental activity for young people to grow, to experiment, to test out new things and to find new opportunities for their lives. But what is digital youth work? It means to discuss about the present and the future of young people, their relation with technologies and how social media and digital tools can help their ideas to grow.
Youth work has an heterogeneous status in Europe, but we are working hard to make young people get engaged. Youth work is a reality and even if it is not recognised, we do not surely give up.
We have done amazing an activity with young girls of an educational centre in our hometown to discuss about digital and gender gaps.
Yes, because digital education is about the rights of young people as well!
That is where Digital Youth Worker project comes in!
We are working hard on innovating youth working. Why should youth work be innovated?
Youth work is overall the activity around the empowerment of young people, providing spaces, discussion and competence-development as a transition phase to reach out adulthood and work duties in a mature and sound way, giving the real opportunity of experimenting in a safe environment.
Therefore, youth work is really a bridge toward a conscious citizenship and aware working life. That is why we think that youth work practitioners, also defined youth workers or youth tutors need to better assess their actual impact.
Which competences need to be acquired by youth workers to assess their own impact?
Well, who better than youth workers can tell us what to do and which strategies for youth impact can be used?
So we decided to investigate and take the issue seriously with the project Y-UETH-PACT!
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If one project one needs to look at, it is Leadership for Middle Managers , a project on the skills that all middle managers need. We have involved more than 20 medium- and big-sized businesses based in Poland, Romania and Italy to assess and understand the issues faced by middle managers.
For sure, we live complicated times for SMEs. In an economy dominated by start-ups and liquid group work, talking about leadership and management is crucial.
In fact, our shared question is What is the future of middle managers? This is a fundamental question as managers are still the heart and the core of employee engagement and of the business development.
Thanks to Integrahr coordination, we have developed a scheme of skills needed by middle managers in Europe, both in leadership and in management.
A crucial element is to empower employee personality and here it goes another important training scheme by Albert Binda of L.GRAND HR Consulting. You can click here to read it!
Here you have the last news about the youth work impact. In this newsletter you will find out the main competencies on youth work impact and the strategies to make impact happen.
Yeuthpact is a project focused on quality youth work developed by Polygonal, GoEurope (Spain), Social DNA (Netherlands), GLaSP (United Kingdom) and SCAS (Bulgaria). The first great result of the project is the research on youth work competencies to measure impact as we have involved 60 youth workers from Europe!
Today we want you to read the newsletter updates of the project. Why? Because you can keep posted and participate in November 2020 training in Amersfoort, in Netherlands, with our fantastic training team!
Here you can find the last news about youth work impact!
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Youth work has a great impact in Europe – Youth department of European Commission has shown so in its last youth work report. What we have contributed to define the areas of impact in youth work and the competencies around it.
We have great plans! Why? Because we will be creating an application to learn about youth work competencies for impact!
You can read our report to check how youth workers are doing in Europe!
Through OpenCori community we are organising a community laboratory on arts and on traditional products to explore the stars on the 9th August 2019.
“Count to make moments count” – this is the slogan we have chosen for the project SELF-MATE. The project works on financial inclusion and integration of people with fewer opportunities and migrants.
Nowadays, we consider essential to be able to make transfers, to pay electronically, to easily access to home-banking, to use cards, file digital documents. These actions are fundamental to have a simple and normal life, and to exploit the actual opportunities of European Union.
One of the main issues that we have registered is lack of digital education of adult educators – a key point that fails to include migrants or dis-empowered people.
The project wants to
- Develop a simple educational framework to combine finance integration and digital skills;
- Practical material for educators in digital and financial education;
- Practical material for life moments and choice of final users;
- An e-learning platform to enhance the educational pattern.
We have just finished the first part of the project! Here you are 🙂
Disadvantaged groups and in general poorer have hard time in access to health services. One may think that factors are mainly economic, but it is not the case. In most of cases, the lack of access is linked to mistrust in institutions, to social relations and to a poor education level.
Hence, the definition of access relates to a set of conditions that makes it possible. For example: participation to public life, economic status, availability of ad-hoc social services, capillarity of information and role of non-profit actors.
In particular, we see the role of NGOs as fundamental, given the liquidity and flexibility they have to act. Concretely, they can move between institutions and specific user to guarantee the access to health services.
As health definition, we mean also the capacity that the individual has to understand his/her own status to respond to a current situation. In other terms, we can see health service access as a resilience component of the individual
In this sense, NGOs have a great role to facilitate the access of health services in concrete terms, to ensure the wider responsibilities of democratic participation. They can make the difference on raising awareness regarding one’s rights. What is more, NGOs define critical points along different lines, such as gender, engagement of citizens or volunteers for a specific cause.
For the previous reasons, we have promoted an intense two-day work with our volunteers to collect medicines to support who does not have full access to health cure. In a rural village like ours, we have collected almost 250 boxes – a real success of participation. This is part of an action called OpenCori, co-financed by Lazio Region and the Labour Ministry of which Polygonal is coordinating partner.
How have we managed to coordinate NGOs, private sector and public administration? Some suggestions that have also partly been anticipated in another article:
- Make a group of citizens feel the urgency for action;
- Coach your volunteers for a common aim – create simple rules and valorise their network and ideas. A good suggestion is to have a read on Levol-app e-learning platform;
- Share, share, share – talk with the pharmacies, local foundations or any actor working in the health sector;
- Define the volunteering routine to collect pharmacies and gratify who is supporting you – bring a hot coffee or some delicious doughnuts;
- Have a rigorous system of tracking the medicines collected;
- Be transparent – tell people how you are going to use the medicines you are asking for and quantify the overall number of medicines.
- THANK YOUR VOLUNTEERS!
Christmas is a special period to volunteer as people have more free time or simply want to experience some real solidarity. It is a way to give back what we have not managed to do during the year and we are all eager to put ourselves engaged in small actions.
However, how to plan what to do? Where can you check where to volunteer?
Some simple steps:
- Decide what you really care about and get informed.
- Start checking specialised platforms or, usually, big known organisations (Action Aid, Save the Children, Amnesty International and others).
- Maybe, you really want something simple that can adjust to your full schedule. In this way, you can probably to consider it as a usual activity also for the rest of the year.
- Engage your friends. Being together is more interesting and you can share good memories for the future.
- Be open. Remember that your work will support people, organisations and causes, so you can learn a lot of things!
- If you do not have really any time left, when you buy presents, support other volunteers preparing the boxes or asking for support. Becoming a volunteer is a matter of attitude.
- Consider digital platforms – if you are a graphic designer, or an ICT, a social media manager, you might consider to give some hours to create a leaflet, to support a cause, or to code some bits. This is called ‘digital volunteering‘. Not bad, uh?
From our side, we have contributed to the Food Bank work, together with the Civil Protection body.
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