InFormal Coaching

Start & End Date: 01.01.2017 – 31.12. 2017
Place: Rostov Velikiy, Russia & Weimar, Germany
Participating Countries: Albania, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russian Federation, Ukraine
Project Partners: Academy of innovation, Council For Prevention Of Juvenile Delinquency Kavadarci, Dnipropetrovsk regional youth non-governmental organization “MIKS”, EESTI PEOPLE TO PEOPLE, KINONIKI SINETAIRISTIKI EPICHERISIELLINIKI SYMMETOCHI NEON,KURO Hradec Kralove z. s., NGO “Youth Education Centre “Fialta”, PARTICIPACTION, Qendra UET, Vicolocorto
Number of Participants: 27 participants

Grant Giver: Erasmus+
Key Action: Key Action 1, Youth in Action
Action Type: Youth mobility
Grant Amount: 42823.00 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 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 youthwork 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

To reach the aims of the project, we designed two activities:
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[ap_tab title=”Training Course in Rostov Velikiy”]Youth Exchange held from 18 to 26 of March in Rostov Velikiy, Russian Federation

The training course InFormal Basic will aim to get a acquainted participants with principles of coaching, after that TC we expect them to try coaching in their local work, and to share the results with us and peer learners during the online phase.

Number of participants: 27

Profile of participants: The training course is open for educators coming from formal and non-formal education system (trainers, teachers), psychologists and social workers from the formal (educational) institutions; youth workers dealing with young people and staff from NGOs and formal education system as main target group.

[ap_tab title=”Training Course in Weimar”]Training Course held from 24th of July to 1st of August in Weimar, Germany

The second stage is called “Informal Coaching: evaluating and mastering” and was hosted in Weimar. It is the second and the last activity in the frame of the project. The main aim is to assess outcomes from the practical stage and to master coaching skills through using different coaching techniques, tools as well as discussing potential and limits of youth coaching.

Number of participants: 27

Profile of participants: The training course is open for educators coming from formal and non-formal education system (trainers, teachers), psychologists and social workers from the formal (educational) institutions; youth workers dealing with young people and staff from NGOs and formal education system as main target group.


Non-formal education methods.

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.

After the training course we expect our participants: to change their way of work and to make it more participative and transparent for youth; to understand the approach and principles of non-formal education and to use it for youth empowerment; to be able to use coaching in their work; to be able to follow the coaching cycle and to use different models of coaching.; to become active actors in promoting youth participation at local level.


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It was great
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This project was awesome. Right there I “met” street workout. I got new knowledge and friends from Europe! The best part was our team exercise – water rafting. I had a looottt of fun with everybody and I learned that even if you cant talk in English, it’s still easy and possible to communicate 🙂


Dissemination Materials

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