In a significant gathering of 28 leaders from 25 different countries, held in the picturesque setting of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, the focus was clear: “Consultants Training: Measuring Impact with, for, and by Youth Organizations.”
Over the course of five intensive days (19th to 24th of September), this diverse group of participants embarked on a transformative journey, equipping themselves with a valuable skill set that promises to make a profound difference in the realm of youth development.
The essence of this training program went beyond traditional concepts; it was about fostering research skills, nurturing soft skills essential for organizing and conducting research, and building a foundation in consultancy. Moreover, it was about honing the ability to decipher and effectively utilize analyzed data—a crucial aspect of measuring the impact of youth organizations.
Throughout this immersive experience, the participants engaged in non-formal education methods that delved deep into various subjects.
From the intricacies of DISC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness) and the art of asking impactful questions to exploring logical levels and the psychology behind motivational interviewing, each topic was carefully crafted to enhance their skill set.
The participants also delved into coaching for change management, the dynamics of organizational culture, and understanding social impact—a comprehensive curriculum designed to shape well-rounded consultants.
At the heart of this training lies a unique project known as “Measure the Impact of Youth Organizations,” generously supported by Erasmus+. This collaborative initiative brought together a consortium of esteemed partners, including Scouterna, Les Scouts, Junák – český skaut, Scout Association of Macedonia, Scouting Ireland, YMCA Europe, YMCA Nederland, and Maynooth University. Their collective effort has resulted in the development of a groundbreaking methodology—a blueprint for measuring the profound impact of youth organizations.
As these newly equipped leaders return to their respective corners of the globe, they carry with them not only newfound knowledge but also a shared commitment to empower and uplift youth organizations.
Our journey in Louvain-la-Neuve represents a significant step toward ensuring that the positive influence of these organizations is accurately measured, acknowledged, and celebrated, furthering their mission to nurture the potential of young people worldwide.
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