One third of young people in the EU are at risk of social exclusion. Youth workers are facing the increasing complexity for the youths’ inclusion, because the risks of exclusion arise are multiplying, and they must deal with these challenges in a holistic approach (Kieselbach,2007). Youth work plays an important role in enhancing social inclusion…

As part of the Youth Work 2.0 project we have created an Open Education Resource (OER) to teach youth workers how to correctly plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a learning activity with young people with and without fewer opportunities jointly.

From 27.02.2019 – 01.03.2019 we had the first transnational meeting for Youth Work 2.0 project in Bucharest, Romania.

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.
With the current programme set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn’t just offer opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it offers opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.
The aim of Erasmus+ is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equality and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU’s strategic framework for education and training.
Erasmus+ also aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.
Specific issues tackled by the programme include:

  • Reducing unemployment, especially among young people
  • Promoting adult learning, especially for new skills and skills required by the labour market.
  • Encouraging young people to take part in European democracy
  • Supporting innovation, cooperation and reform
  • Reducing early school leaving
  • Promoting cooperation and mobility with the EU’s partner countries

The outcomes of Erasmus+ are available in reports and compendia of statistics, as well as through the Erasmus+ Projects Platform, which includes most of the initiatives funded by the programme, as well as a selection of good practices and success stories.
The mid-term evaluation report of the Erasmus+ Programme (2014-2020) is available in 23 languages and builds on national reports submitted by the Programme countries, evaluation reports by an external independent contractor, other reviewed studies e.g. the Erasmus impact study of 2014, experience in managing the programme and over a million responses from all interested parties.
Check the website of the Erasmus+ Programme https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/ for more reports and information.

From 23rd to 24th October 2019, the project partners and coordinators of the Youth Work 2.0 Erasmus+ project met in Huelva to hold the second transnational meeting, hosted by Inercia Digital this time at their headquarters in the Parque Cientifíco y Tecnológico de Huelva.  

The meeting was held in the town of Aljaraque, Huelva, Spain. From Inercia Digital, meeting participants included project coordinator, Susana Corona Cruz and project department manager, Borja Vides Muñoz. Meanwhile, from Sprijin si Dezvoltare Association attending the meeting were Sorina Carmen Vacariu – Project manager and Gabriela Adam – Intellectual output expert. 

During this meeting we evaluated the project, we discussed and debated its efficiency so far, effectiveness and consistency of project implementation and commonly identified a future direction. We have also improved the implementation strategy and establishes the deadlines for the next activities.
The aim of the Youth Work 2.0 project is to facilitate the exchange of competences and experience between 2 organisations from Romania and Spain to improve their youth work quality, through the professional development of 12 youth workers, to be active agents of inclusion, to fight against discrimination and to foster the development of social, civic, intercultural competences among youths.

Sprijin si Dezvoltare Association and Inercia Digital organised four meetings in 2019 in order to identify measures, methods and good practice that the organisations used to reach marginalised young people and to prevent discrimination, racism and intolerance.
The meetings were attended by young people with fewer opportunities experimenting marginalisation, local organisations with experience in social inclusion, decision makers representing the Youth sector, representatives of the education system, and trainers with experience in youth work and social inclusion.
During the meeting we have discussed and identified:

  • Accessible means of communication and distribution of information to reach the marginalised youths
  • Measures and activities that was used to prevent marginalisation, social exclusion and discrimination among youth
  • Challenges that youths with fewer opportunities has regarding: accessibility of non-formal activities for: administrative procedures, of information provided by the organisations, web accessibility; participating in activities jointly with and without fewer opportunities; experiencing discrimination and social exclusion.

The consultative meeting reports are available as part of the project’s intellectual outputs, and have been included in an E-book that aims to help the youth workers reach the marginalised youths. You can find the book in the Results section or download it by clicking here.

As part of the Youth Work 2.0 Project, we have carried out extensive research that will help youth workers reach marginalised young people through different approaches to prevent discrimination and intolerance among young people with and without fewer opportunities. 

This E-book can be used to find and reach marginalised youths and to develop measures and actions to create common non-formal or informal situations for youth with and without fewer opportunities jointly to prevent discrimination and intolerance among them.

The target group of this book are youth organisations and youth workers. Youth leaders, youth supervisors, NGOs, adult education centres, VET and education authorities can all use it in order to reach marginalised young people/ children/ adults to develop activities that will decrease discrimination and intolerance among beneficiaries. 

The book analyses the current situation and provides new methods and approaches to prevent discrimination and intolerance among youth based on the current context, the organisation’s needs and youth’s needs. We have investigated the current scenario and written real solutions and methods that can be used in real life at European and international level. 

The book aims to help organisations and experts ensure that more marginalised youth with fewer opportunities are reached and that they can benefit from their youth work/ programmes/ projects. The study provides measures and actions that have helped prevent racism and increase tolerance between young people with and without fewer opportunities.

This book contains:
– existing methods used to reach marginalized youth and a strategy to reach them
– best innovative practices in preventing racism and intolerance among youth 
– non-formal education approaches that facilitate learning for youths with and without fewer opportunities jointly, approaches that are inclusive for youth with fewer opportunities and that ensure a positive experience of diversity by all participants within the group.
-specific needs in training youth workers and trainers on social inclusion and tolerance, and the necessary competences for organising, developing and leading educational activities for mixed groups of youth.
– accessible means/ methods of communication and distribution of information about the organisation’s programmes/ projects/ activities to reach marginalized youths
– key points of action and methods for the organisation to use so that youth workers can reach marginalised youths and fight against discrimination and intolerance among youth
– challenges and barriers faced by youth with fewer opportunities to multiply their developed skills and knowledge, to engage in active participation in society and encountered by trainers and participants in activities with youth with and without fewer opportunities jointly, in terms of attitudinal barriers and inclusive methodology
– methods to ensure non-discrimination principles, a quality standard regarding: planning and preparation, training design (group’s background, time management, number of participants with fewer opportunities, overcoming barriers, communication), trainer knowledge and attitudes, resources and methods
– recommendations to be used in non-formal activities to support participants with fewer opportunities in their role as multipliers, to become active members of society

You can find the e-book on this website by clicking on the Results tab or download it by clicking here.

Within the Youth Work 2.0 Project, we have developed 21 new non-formal methods to be used in the activities with young people with and without fewer opportunities jointly to develop social, civic and intercultural competences and to ensure social inclusion at the same time. The non-formal education methods have been created taking into consideration the particularities of each fewer opportunity, so they don’t need to be adapted in order to ensure social inclusion. 

Anyone who wants to develop the social, civic or intercultural competences of their beneficiaries, who wants to increase tolerance, to promote non-discrimination and to ensure social inclusion in their activities can use this handbook. Youth supervisors, organisation staff, youth leaders, trainers, coaches, teachers, educators, freelancers and other experts in the youth field, VET field and adult education field can all use this handbook to help them design their activities. 

The methods don’t require adaptations because they are specially designed for young people with and without fewer opportunities. Of the 21 new methods, three aim to develop social competences, another three aim to develop civic competences and three more aim to develop intercultural competences. At the same time, these methods are designed to ensure social inclusion and to increase tolerance among young people with and without fewer opportunities. The rest of the methods are designed to promote social inclusion: three methods will foster tolerance and fight against discrimination, three methods will build trust, self-esteem and confidence, three methods are designed to help youngsters experience and understand social exclusion, and three methods are designed to help them manage conflicts.  
These 21 new non-formal methods were developed based on literature overview and theory and based on the authors (experts)’s experience. All the methods were previously tested. 

The new methods were created using non-formal education principles. The learning process is youth-centred. The methods have been designed to actively, physically and psychologically involve the young people in their own learning process, using their own skills and emotions. The methods follow the experiential learning principles of the Kolb Cycle, by offering opportunities for the young people to experiment, reflect, find solutions, draw conclusions, discuss and apply what they have learned in real life. The methods consider the learning preferences of each existent learning style (active, reflexive, theoretician and pragmatic).

The new methods contain the necessary descriptions and examples of debriefing questions that will directly help the youth worker lead the young people’s learning through all stages of the Kolb Cycle.
You can download the handbook with the new methods from this website on the Results tab or by clicking here.

As part of the Youth Work 2.0 Project we have created an educational board game. 
Target group: youth workers/ trainers
The game is a tool that can be used by organisations to foster tolerance, eliminate stereotypes and prejudice among young people with and without fewer opportunities and raise awareness on social exclusion and diversity.
Anyone who wants to increase tolerance, promote non-discrimination and ensure social inclusion in their activities can use this board game.
The aim of the game will be to solve different situations and/ or create different situations that approach exclusion, diversity, discrimination, tolerance, stereotypes, actively participating in society and democracy. Participants will have to solve those situations in teams in order to win the game. Using the game, youth workers will help the young people with and without fewer opportunities to get to know each other better, to experience social exclusion and to explore its effects on individuals. Observing different behaviours will make them aware of the different limitations that we as individuals and as a society have, they will share competences and become aware of diversity particularities.
The game will help build trust and improve self-esteem among the young people with and without fewer opportunities; it will also help them develop competences regarding social inclusion, intercultural learning and diversity; teach them how to solve conflicts, increase motivation to actively participate in society and in decision-making, experience challenges and barriers in participation, encourage them to think differently and to improve things in their community; identify ways to be active in the society, understand democracy, be inclusive and tolerant.
The game is adapted for young people with disabilities and with educational difficulties.
The game is available on this website on the Results section.

As part of the Youth Work 2.0 project, Inercia Digital and Sprijin si Dezvoltare Association have selected 12 youth workers who want to become active agents of inclusion to fight against discrimination and foster the development of social, civic, intercultural competences among youths.

During the next phase of the project the youth workers will learn how to use the new intellectual outputs created by the 2 organisations in order to create a strategy on how to reach marginalised young people. They will also understand the link between social inclusion and youth work. The new intellectual outputs will help them develop, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate non-formal activities in order to promote the development of social, civic and intercultural competences among youths with and without fewer opportunities jointly. They will learn how to use the 21 new non-formal methods and the board game in the activities with young people with and without fewer opportunities jointly, in order to develop social, civic and intercultural competences while at the same time increasing tolerance, eliminating stereotypes and prejudice between the participating young people with and without fewer opportunities.