Long-Term Training Course for Youth Workers, Strasbourg

Deadline: 20 December 2012
Open to:  youth or social workers age 18-35, residing in one of the countries of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe
Venue: Strasbourg, France; 11 – 21 March 2013

Description

The Youth Department is launching Enter! a Long-Term Training Course (LTTC) for youth workers on access to social rights for all young people, as a complementary training offering youth workers who undertake activities with young people that experience disadvantage the opportunity:

  • to gain insights into how the European level and engagement with policy actors can support their efforts to empower young people, and,
  • to promote access to social rights for young people, in an effort of overcoming the disadvantage young people face due to exclusion, violence and discrimination.

The LTTC will develop the competences of 30 youth workers, in developing and implementing responses, projects and partnernships in support of youth-led efforts to overcome discrimination, exclusion and violence, in a European perspective.

Financial conditions
Meals and accommodation for the residential seminars will be provided and paid for by the Council of Europe.
Travel costs for the seminars will be fully reimbursed according to the Council of Europe rules.

An enrollment fee of 60 Euros is payable by each participant. This amount will be deducted from the amount to be reimbursed for travel expenses or paid during the residential seminar. The Council of Europe will not reimburse any fees related to the usage of Internet during the course.

The objectives of the course are:

  • To introduce participants to socio-educational project development, management, implementation and evaluation (especially focusing on evidence based needs analysis);
  • To support participants in developing youth-led socio-educational projects (aiming to overcome youth disadvantage determined by discrimination, exclusion and violence), based on human rights education and with a clear policy advocacy dimension;
  • To develop participants’ understanding and knowledge of the human rights framework and the policy fields that are relevant to the situation of the young people with whom they work;
  • To develop participants’ competence and confidence for engaging with decision-makers and other actors in the youth and social policy fields for improving access to social rights for young people;
  • To introduce participants to relevant European (and related national) mechanisms and instruments for supporting young people to overcome disadvantage determined by discrimination, exclusion and violence;
  • To contribute to the social and education recognition of youth work and non-formal education for social rights in participants’ realities and at European level.

The LTTC is composed of four phases, which participants need to follow:

  1. Preparatory phase January – March 2013:
    This phase will include preparatory activities for the course. Participants will get to know each other and develop an analysis of social rights related policies in their realities.
  2. First residential seminar – 12 – 21 March 2013, European Youth Centre Strasbourg:
    The residential seminar is an essential element of the course, allowing for participants to improve their competences on the key course curriculum elements and to kick of their projects, by reviewing and developing their project idea.
  3. Project development phase and ongoing learning – April 2013 – September 2014:
    During this phase, participants will implement local youth-led projects in cooperation with local authorities and civil society.
  4. Evaluation residential seminar – September 2014, dates to be confirmed:
    During this evaluation seminar, participants will evaluate their learning and the impact of their projects for the young people which were involved in their project. The seminar will also include training elements in order to consolidate participants’ competences development.

Eligibility

Candidates must be youth or social workers, working directly with young people, who carry out their activities in a non-governmental entity or in a local authority; they have experience in projects tackling exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people; and they are either professionals or volunteers.

All participants must also:

  • have the motivation and capacity to develop projects for and with young people on access to social rights;
  • have an interest to work in partnerships with local authorities on enhancing dialogue for improving access of young people to social rights;
  • have a specific target group of young people they will be working with throughout the LTTC;
  • are motivated to learn and to develop their professional and personal competences;
  • intend to remain active in their organisation/institution for the next 2 years and multiply their learning in their organisation/institution and community;
  • be aged 18-35, with exceptions possible;
  • be resident in one of the countries of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe;
  • be able to work in English or French (tbc);
  • be available for full participation in all four phases of the course.

Application

All candidates must apply online, completing the application form through the LINK HERE.

Before applying, each candidate should prepare:

  • a support letter from their organisation, stating the support offered to the participant throughout the course, and
  • a social analysis and an outline of the project idea that the candidate intends to develop during the project development phase, which should specify the role of local authorities and civil society organisations in the project. The project outline is important to illustrate what the applicant has in mind and the social context within which the project is placed. The possible acceptance of an applicant does not imply, for the Council of Europe, automatic support or  acceptance of the project. Participants will, as part of their learning process, look for funding sources for their projects themselves.

All candidates must apply online and send their recommendation letters by 20 December 2012, at midnight Central European Time. Support letters have to be uploaded on the platform or sent separately by e-mail to [email protected] by the same deadline. A group of preselected participants will be announced by the mid-January 2013.

For further information, contact Jackie Lubelli at [email protected].

You can also see the European Youth Centre website for more information and contact them at:

30, rue Pierre de Coubertin – F-67000 Strasbourg, France
Tel:   + 33 3 88 41 22 95
www.coe.int/Compass

See the original call for applications HERE or the website HERE for more information.

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