Young People’s First Steps in Work with Community


 “Young People’s First Steps in Work with Community“

Senec, Bratislava | Slovakia  

08. July 201214. July 2012 

The project was built around a training week for young people with fewer opportunities, who had interest in being actively involved in positive changes at the community level, but lacked any formal training for community work. The one-week training that took place in the Slovakian cities Bratislava and Senec between 8th and 14th July 2012 included a series of interactive workshops and a field project with a local community. 16 young participants from Germany, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, took part. All activities drew on young people’s own experiences and concerns about their lives in communities, and on their ideas and potential to achieve positive change.

The course followed the principles of informal education and was facilitated by experts experienced in work with community as well as in youth work. It provided the participants with skills necessary to engage as leaders in community change, but also for their own personal development and work in a group.

After the course, the participants engaged with their home organisations were supported in getting involved within their communities. For the rest of the project, they had an opportunity to receive further guidance from the course facilitators.

The main aims of the project were to support young people’s active citizenship and leadership at the local level by encouraging their participation in community development and providing them with appropriate skills and training, but also at the European level by sharing experiences, skills and ideas, and forming a consequent network of young people from marginalized backgrounds active in the community life.


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This project is funded by

the European Union