Y2Y Training Course

One of the pillars of Youth to Youth Initiative is skills-focused training opportunity for young activists, community leaders, youth workers and educators. Youth to Youth Initiative provides such opportunities at least twice a year. Training courses are focused on the topics within Y2Y’s working areas:

• Youth activism and sustainable development of communities
• Gender equality
• Social entrepreneurship and sustainable project management
• Digital technology and social innovations
• Peacebuilding through intercultural dialogue and non-formal education
• Combating extremism and youth deardicalization

Starting from 2016 Youth to Youth Initiative has organised following training courses:

“Extremism?!-No, thanks?”

15 different countries became partners to make this training truly international. Training Course aimed to empower youth workers and youth leaders with skills, knowledge and attitudes to play an active role towards an intercultural society. Recently the world has been reminded about the threat of extremism. This phenomenon is on the rise in Europe. Extremist movements, ideologies, parties and individuals present some of the most pressing challenges for European democracies. They continue to gain large levels of support from different segments of the society, even among some of the most economically secure and highly educated regions of Europe. Many young people are affected by populism and anti-immigration sentiments and fall into a very dangerous rhetoric. Taking this into account tit was considered highly important to gather active young people, youth workers and activists to discuss questions of multicultural society, inter-religious and intercultural dialogue as well as to think about some practical tools how to fight discrimination and combat extremism.

“Inclusive Europe”

The training was based on the partnerships of 16 EU and non-EU-countries. It was based on the need of empowering civil society organisations which are working with refugees and migrants so they could become stronger actors in the so called refugee crisis and support the EU and national policy making with valuable input. This was a reason to develop a 2 Stage Project — Training Course in Lithuania and a Study Visit to Armenia. The project gathered 36 youth workers and staff members of Civil Society organisations both from the EU (Lithuania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden) and the Neighbouring partner countries (Armenia, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine). To ensure a long term impact the training’s activities involved all 36 youth workers in development and implementation of their own social projects.

“Extremeless Europe”

The training course was based under Erasmus+ framework and held in Lithuania in September 2018. It brought together 30 youth workers from Lithuania, Hungary, Germany, Sweden and Poland together. During the this training course we looked deeper into the issues of extremism, radicalism and the roots of these ideologies, nationalism, intolerance and intercultural misunderstandings, questions of the lost of identity and belonging to the society, migration, discrimination.

The training course was devoted to the skills of the youth works on the topics of prevention of radicalization of youth and refugees, how they can help people to disengage from radical and extremistic groups, how to challenge these ideologies and engage in a peaceful conversation with people who have racists views and prejudices, how to deal with extremism and hate speech online and how to empower communities that are targeted by extremists and radical and whom may feel powerless, fearful and hopeless.

“Life Lessons — Human Wisdom”

Training course on «LIFE LESSONS — HUMAN WISDOM» took place from 6th until 12th June 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The aim of the project was to collect human lessons from a diverse group of people in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and document them. The documentation and designing of their life lessons as an interactive and performance-based model helped us to develop the art of seeing us as more alike than unalike. Someone has already lived the lesson before sharing it to enlighten, inspire and inform someone else in the world. It is real and raw.

Understanding any kind of wisdom through the lens of life lessons is significant because it eliminates the creation of stereotypes and transcends cultural context. It facilitates long term understanding and analysis of experiences to navigate through challenges; a more solution-oriented approach to living. It is also crucial in defining the statistically quantified character of the challenges.