Date(s) - 01/01/2021 - 31/01/2023
Slovakia and around Europe
WeGrow aims to support the youth professionals (youth workers, youth trainers, youth leaders, and mentors of young volunteers of the European Solidarity Corps) to ensure the social inclusion of all young people. The ever-changing nature of the European society demands a high-level of social skills; a prerequisite for inclusion. This is true for all countries regardless of stage of economic development and it affects both the people working with the youth and their target group; the youth.
With our project we addressed the need of youth professionals for continuous professional development with a focus on competences to support the development of the Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and the social skills of young people with low school performance, early school leavers, and/ or NEETs.
Additionally, we created non-formal tools and methods that are attractive to the aforementioned young people who are often feeling uncomfortable in formal settings.
The development of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) through Youth Work was proposed as a means to ensure for all young people equal opportunities to demonstrate good school performance, to stay in school, and to get and maintain a job.
Transnational project meetings and training
The objectives of the project were to:
(1) Increase the skills of Youth Workers and update their methodologies so as to better support young people with fewer opportunities to improve their Emotional Intelligence including social skills, adaptability, stress management and general attitude.
(2) Help young people with low school performance, early school leavers, and/ or NEET to develop basic and transversal cognitive, and especially emotional and social skills, using innovative approaches. These skills are becoming increasingly important for education performance and employability.
(3) Provide youth organisations with a structured coaching programme that enhances self- awareness and self- management of personal emotions.
RESULTS & IMPACT OF THE PROJECT
The partners developed and pilot innovative tools and 3 intellectual outputs:
IO1- WeGROW methodological guide and toolkit in Emotional Intelligence and Social Skills for Youth Workers. This is a toolkit that contains the initial activities which will allow Youth Workers to get to know the young people better and learn about their individual circumstances through different activities, games, personal interviews, etc. (Available here: https://wegrowproject.eu/intellectual-output-1/)
IO2- WeGROW: EQ Curriculum – Detailed programme and training materials for Youth Workers with 5 innovative training modules, plus an Emotional intelligence certification for Youth Workers. (Available here: https://wegrowproject.eu/intellectual-output-2/)
IO3- The WrGROW e-learning platform supports new approaches to helping academically disadvantaged youth. The output offers the wider community access to follow the updates, share best practices, and get all the knowledge developed. The platform ensures continues collaboration of the project after the project ends. (Try it here: https://wegrowproject.eu/course/wegrow-eq-learning/ )
The project equipped the youth professionals with practical tools to use in their work utilizing Emotional Intelligence in non-formal learning. Through the development of Emotional Intelligence, the youth workers could support young people with low school performance, early school leavers, and/ or NEETs to enhance their school performance, reduce possibilities for early school leaving and gain employment.