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Youth Workers 2.0

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Youth Workers 2.0

A large proportion of youth workers need to learn how to use digital technology to carry out their youth work, from providing educational and cultural opportunities through courses and workshops, creating promotional materials to reach a specific target group, to increasing their visibility through the use of the appropriate digital devices and applications.

U Thrive Europe from Belgium and Bal Petegi from Turkey organised a training course to answer this need. We had the pleasure to be part of “Youth Workers 2.0” training activity between 19-26 November 2022 in Silivri, Istanbul.

In this Erasmus+ training course project, we held workshops with 32 participants from 8 different countries and developed materials that can support digital technology. As a result of the project, the following skills were developed among the participants: use of digital media and digital design, effective integration of technology in curriculum development, use of new media tools and multimedia in the design of training activities.

The participants developed 6 activities as a result of the training course through which they integrated technology into youth work and thus they designed brand new innovative learning activities for young people.

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Two types of activities whose objective was to increase the digital skills of youth workers were carried out in this Erasmus+ training course. Firstly, the training activities and the secondly the innovative activities developed by the participants.  

Activities were carried out to improve the skills of youth workers in the areas of new media and digital tools, teamwork, creativity, communication, critical thinking and decision making. Their purpose was to develop the digital media skills of youth workers to help them provide more productive training opportunities, run community-wide awareness campaigns about disadvantaged groups, and carry out digital promotional activities.

The project started out with icebreakers and team building activities. Then participants were informed about Erasmus+, its Key Actions, Youthpass and its eight competences, and project objectives. They expressed their needs, expectations and contributions regarding the training and learned how to fill the learning diary based on the YouthPass’ eight competences.  

The participants also explored topics such as the ecological footprint and 5R, and they had the chance to discuss and create eco-rules to use throughout the training course. Issues such as discrimination and inequality, dynamics of advantaged and disadvantaged groups, were tackled in order to equip youth workers to create digital activities for disadvantaged youth.

Finally, differences between media and new media and their opportunities and negative consequences were analysed. In this framework, participants learned technology integration models, website design tools, web 2.0 tools and visual design rules. And finally, participants designed 6 new activities where technology was integrated to solve some learning problems. The outputs of the activities were shared with local youth living in Beyoğlu municipality.

Below you can find toolkits with activities conducted in the training course and those developed by participant youth workers. We hope you integrate all these activities into your youth work.