InFormal Coaching


Start & End Date: January to December 2017

Place: Rostov Velikiy (Russia) & Weimar (Germany)

Participating Countries: Albania, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Republic of North Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russian Federation, Ukraine

Project Partners: Academy of innovation (RU), Council For Prevention Of Juvenile Delinquency Kavadarci, Dnipropetrovsk regional youth non-governmental organization “MIKS” (UA), Eesti People To People (ES), Kinoniki Sinetairistiki Epicherisielliniki Symmetochi Neon (GR), KURO Hradec Kralove z. s. (CZ), NGO “Youth Education Centre “Fialta” (BE), Participation Qendra, UET Vicolocorto (IT)

Number of Participants: 27 participants

Grant Giver: Erasmus+

Funding Program: Key Action 1, Youth in Action

Action Type: Youth Mobility

Grant Amount: 42,823 EUR

Historically, young people have faced social exclusion, and the recent economic downturn has prompted high unemployment, which particularly affects the younger generation. However, some disadvantaged groups of young people face exclusion in the longer term for reasons beyond the current crisis. Remaining outside the global labor market has far-reaching consequences – not solely economic. These include a loss of confidence, an undermining of trust and expectations, and an increasing risk of social exclusion and disengagement from society.

There are, also other issues that affect youth and lead to political crisis. Global threats such as terrorist attacks and armed conflicts caused a huge refugee and migration wave in Europe. These and many other factors stipulate increasing of intolerance, xenophobia, violence, conflicts oriented by cultural fears, numerous stereotypes and prejudices, intercultural misunderstanding, inability to think critically and lack of intercultural competence in general. Young people are more than others affected by those issues, especially being in a situation of current economic crisis. They feel afraid, they are frustrated, they don’t know what to feel and how to react, as a result they became either inactive or join the extremist movements, and they definitely need to be supported in this hard situation by adults, by peers, by educational institution, by NGOs and by policy makers.

Tackling youth unemployment, social exclusion, intercultural communication and youth participation continues to be a policy priority for European and national governments and the need to empower young people is increasingly recognized in this process. We see youth empowerment as an attitudinal, structural, and cultural process whereby young people gain the ability, authority, and agency to make decisions and implement change in their own lives and the lives of other people, including youth and adults.

The LTTC “InFormal Coaching” is a follow up of the Long-term project called “InFormal – integration of non-formal education approach to the formal education system for youth empowerment at the local level” that attempts to use coaching as a tool for youth empowerment in order to address all the mentioned issues and to build a stable and productive co-working platform for educators coming from formal education and youth field (NGOs and other youth authorities).



This LTTC is especially contributing to the promoting synergies,  cooperation and cross-fertilization between the educational institutions and youth field as well as to the following specific objectives of Erasmus+:

  • To learn what is coaching and how it can be applied to the youth work
  • To learn about different coaching models such as GROW and others
  • To learn what is individual and group coaching and how it can be applied in the youth work and training
  • To learn how to use and adapt coaching methods and tools easily in their daily work
  • To strengthen the learning process by implementing the full coaching cycle: set goals, identify new possibilities, make decisions, take actions, and reflect
  • To work on personal and professional development in order to improve theirs and others’ employability prospects
  • To raise awareness of the entrepreneurial learning potential with coaching tools
  • To unite efforts of youth workers coming from formal and other youth field backgrounds for youth empowerment at local level by using coaching principles
  • To build a cross-sectorial network and to create joined actions for address in current challenges
  • To build a necessary set of competences for proficient use of NFE instruments and coaching tools for youth empowerment at local level
  • To provide the opportunity to assess the quality of coaching process

In a short-term perspective the participants developed competences in the area of youth empowerment, coaching and non-formal education, this is strongly linked with achieving the project objectives. This training was a “push” for long-term development process and long-term inter-sectorial cooperation in 10 countries involved in the project.

Following the training course, our participants are expected to:

  • Transform their work approach to be more participative and transparent for youth.
  • Comprehend the principles and approach of non-formal education and apply it to empower youth.
  • Utilize coaching techniques in their work.
  • Apply the coaching cycle and employ various coaching models.
  • Take on active roles in advocating and promoting youth participation at the local level.