Values in Action – Methods Exchange (VIAME)

This project aims to address the problem of lack of access to innovative teaching methods which would successfully activate youth and develop their key competences. Without properly engaging the youth entering the job market, they are often unqualified to meet the demands of their employers.

Increasing demands of the job market have lead employers to expect that youth will possess qualities such as: taking initiative with one’s professional development, setting personal goals, being highly motivated to work, advanced interpersonal skills and good time management. Through working on self-development and expanding skill sets youth leaders have a higher chance of finding and keeping a job. VIAME also aims to promote social entrepreneurship among young people, by allowing them to implement their own projects among others in social enterprises, with a view to meeting challenges and solving problems in their communities.

These unique projects will be a direct effect of transnational meetings on which youth will define their values, search for common ones and prepare the projects to be conducted back in their countries. These projects will show how values are implemented in action with the aim to solve social problems in their communities.

Completing this project transnationally as well as engaging underprivileged youth allows participants to experience a diverse set of experiences and approaches.

Our target group is youth aged 18-30, with lower opportunities or underprivileged in any way (unemployed or without stable work, drop outs from educational system), but willing to have the influence on their situation, by acquiring new competences and develop their skills. In that group we are also specifically targeting youth leaders that are willing to learn new methods of working with youth as part of their career path. We will encourage and support our participants to create their “Values in action” projects during the

transnational meetings and conduct them back in their countries, as a continuation of these meetings and implementation both of values and the skills such as project management, communication, teamwork and social entrepreneurship, as the projects will be directed to local communities and their problems.

Furthermore, there is no database which would bring together diverse, innovative methods and serve as a guideline for institutions, organizations or those looking to expand their instructional techniques. Various highly successful methods of self-development have not been highly publicized and are therefore unknown to many trainers working with youth. An online database would serve as a point of reference for those looking to broaden their abilities.

The needs previously mentioned will be targeted in this project through four main goals:

  1. Promoting methods used in improving personal development as a tool in helping youth gain competences needed both in the job market as well as in their everyday interactions with their community.
  2. developing interpersonal skills, social entrepreneurship, communication skills, self-confidence, team building skills;
  3. encouraging transnational bonds between youth leaders.
  4. Improving quality of working with youth through:
  5. dissemination of innovative teaching methods currently employed in various countries of the EU;
  6. strengthening and promoting collaboration both within and between countries taking part in the program;
  7. facilitating the growth of trainers as well as youth taking part in the project;
  8. Promoting the database created within this project which will bring together various methods of innovative and activating teaching, scenarios of workshops, tools and other materials useful for other trainers and educators, available to reuse by NGOs, private and public sector of youth education;
  9. Encouraging transnational cooperation and teamwork in creating innovative and high-quality teaching materials.

 

 

Project Coordinator(s) Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro
Start - End Date 2016-07 / 2018-06
Funding ERASMUS+
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