January 2021 (Online)
Its main goal was to equip participants with needed competences to implement, evaluate and ratify Youth Group methodology in local communities of project partner countries in order to prevent violence among and towards youth. Overall profile of participants are professionals whose daily target group are young people, especially those aged 12 to 18 – youth educators, youth workers, leaders, psychologists, social workers, mentors, librariains and other professionals form formal and non-formal education fields.
During the training course the main tool used was Youth Group methodology approach. It consists from variety of non-formal education tools and activities (team building and group work, discussions and guided reflections, Constructive Feedback, Active Listening, activity planning and risk assessment etc.) complemented with theory and data about the topic (e.g. communication styles; puberty; addictions; conflicts; consent; sexuality; causes and consequences of violence etc.).
January 2022 (Zaragoza, Spain)
Participants, involved in the 2nd youth worker international training were the same participants who took part in previous stages of the project.
To ensure successful implementation and ensure the sustainability of Youth Group methodology in various cultural settings, the goal of 2nd international training was to evaluate the progress and challenges, share the participants’ experiences, develop improved strategies for further activities and advance participants skills and knowledge after the initial stages of working with the particular method.
The debates that were generated helped identify areas for improvement as well as good practices and success stories.
All the partners organised multiplier events to promote the project in their own countries: Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Spain.
Young people, youth workers, teachers, volunteers and other interested groups were invited to participate. The objective of these events was to share Re-GROUP with them so that they can implement new and useful activities in their work.
The big final event of the Re-GROUP project was the International Conference on youth well-being and violence that was celebrated in Sofia (Bulgaria) in November.
The Bulgarian partner The Future Now Association hosted the international conference in the New Bulgarian University facilities and it could also be followed online via streaming. The conference, that took place from 9 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon, tried to answer the following question: “How can youth groups tackle some of the biggest problems young people face?”.
To check the progress of the project and to set the next milestones, the partners had several working sessions all together. Because of COVID, some of those partner meetings were online.
The Transnational Project Meeting in Sofia was the final meeting in person. It was key to discuss the end of the project and its impact, as well as talking about its sustainability and possible future collaborations.