The first aspect of our program has been the training course on digital safety and wellbeing, designed for 30 participants from various European countries (August 31st – September 8th), with a diverse backgrounds in youth work, psychology, and digital facilitation of youth/community programs.
The participants had a diverse set of activities and sessions designed to equip them with the tools, knowledge, and capacity to perform youth work digitally – a high on-demand requirement in an ever-changing world.
The key aspects of the program were focused on understanding the terms of digital safety and wellbeing, while also exploring the possibilities of doing digital outreach in the local communities all over Europe.
An added value to the program was the diversity of the participants' backgrounds. This helped the idea-sharing process, creating a safe and enriching space for all.
The trainers and the management team also played an important role in building confidence in the participants by encouraging critical, creative- thinking and team-building while attempting to design different projects, challenges and processes.
And the team representing our movement, composed of young leaders in the field of youth work from YMCA Spain, YMCA Siderno, YMCA Malta and YMCA Gabrovo, plus the delagates form YMCA Romania, together with the rest of the participants, is the reason why the program turned out to be nothing but a resounding success.
But the end of the training has been only the beginning of our consortium meeting.
Thus, together with YMCA Romania, Asociatia Young Initiative, Nadejda-CRD Sdrujenie, Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service – CCIVS, we began preparing the upcoming launch of the intellectual outputs on digital youth work and planning the next steps.
Having our meeting at the end of the training program enabled us to test the design of our digital outputs together with the participants.
The MOOC course, where we focus on the aspect of digital youth work and digital outreach in vulnerable communities, coupled with our digital self-assessment tool as part of the gamification pack.
We were delighted by the hospitality of our TPM host, Nadejda-CRD Sdrujenie's team, and everyone's effort to make our stay as productive and rewarding as an experience, co-creating and reconnecting.
Together, in the AlwaysON for Youth consortium, we are on a mission to create a better understanding and play a role in reshaping the future of digital safety and wellbeing.
More about #AlwaysON for Yourh Project is available here.
Photo album of the event is available here.