Short overview:

Youth Work Recognition with Self­‐Assessment and Accreditation is a 2-year project that started on February 1, 2015 and will last until January 31, 2017. The project is funded in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme KA2 (Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices) and is implemented in partnership with the following organisations: OpportUNITY International (UK), Center for Intercultural Dialogue (Macedonia) and Politikos tyrimų ir analizės institutas (Lithuania).

The project’s main aim is to strengthen the recognition of youth workers competences and assessment of the quality of youth work providers, by capacity building of youth workers and evaluators based on the principle of self-­assessment and peer-­assessment.

The objectives of the project are as follows:

  • To build capacities of youth workers to be able to provide peerreview of their work and selfassess their competences within a given competence framework for youth workers (portfolio)
  • To raise awareness on the need to develop learning to learn competences within youth work and motivate youth workers for lifelong learning
  • To develop and try out specific recognition tools for youth work providers (quality label tools) and for youth workers (recognition portfolios) as examples of non-­formality in the recognition of youth work
  • To develop participants’ understanding and knowledge of various forms of youth work systems and discuss their applicability in different contexts
  • To exchange good practices of youth work recognition between youth workers and their associations from the 3 participating countries but also on European level

Activities:

Training-Workshop for Youth Workers to use the tools

Date: 30-­31 August 2015

Venue: UK, Lithuania, Macedonia

The workshop will have a theoretical part aiming to clarify what is youth work recognition and a practical part where youth workers will practice a specific identified tool. Each local level workshop should allow at least 20 youth workers and 5 organizations to test the recognition tools. It aims to use the identified tools for recognition and present them to youth workers so they can test them and use them in their work.

Training course on assessment of youth workers competences

Dates: 19-24 April, 2016

Venue: Newcastle, UK

The training course aims to provide youth workers and leaders in the recognition process with competences to conduct self­‐assessment and peer­‐based review of youth workers. As an outcome, youth work training materials will be developed in a form of content report.

Study visit on youth work recognition in Lithuania

Dates: September 2016

Venue: Lithuania

The study visit will gather 15 participants from all partner organizations in order to share examples of peer­‐review in youth work. The outcome will be a content report with examples of visited organizations and institutions.

Training course for Quality label for youth work providers

Dates: TBD

Venue: Macedonia

The training course aims to build capacity of youth workers and decision-­‐makers to conduct assessment of the quality of provided youth work in a specific entity. As a result, all involved participants (16) will be able to conduct assessment of the quality of provided youth work in a specific entity.

Youth Workers Mobility

Duration: 1 month

Places: Macedonia and United Kingdom

In total six youth workers will have the opportunity to spend 1 month in the partner organisation as a placement. It is expected that they will develop a mobility report  sent to the hosting organizations. The mobility of the youth worker will result in a chance to assist in testing of youth work assessment tools. All the published materials will be available on the website.

Seminar “Assessing the assessment – where next?”

Dates: TBD

Venue: Newcastle, UK

The seminar aims to provide an overview of the process and to  draw conclusions related to recognition tools developed by the project and their applicability in youth work and beyond. As an outcome the participants will contribute to compiling the final report and to discuss about next steps in youth work recognition processes.