Empowering young Volunteers


Title: Empowering young Volunteers
Organization: SPYS
Activity Dates: 01.12.07 – 30.04.08
Partner Group: Austria, SLovakia, Czech Republic, Slovania, Poland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
Number of Maltese Participants: 0
Country: Malta

The training course (TC) focused on training and empowering participants to work together in an international team to organise, lead, and evaluate international youth activities through the ‘Youth in Action’ Programme. The participants were trained in the inclusion of disadvantaged youth in their projects. The participants were mostly experienced volunteer youth leaders who are motivated to take responsibility in youth organisations or the organising of international youth initiatives. By the end of the TC, participants planned activities with the intention to implement them on a local and/or international level.

Summary of results and impact:

• Participants gained new ideas, new energy, new contacts, and better skills which will be beneficial to their local groups.
• Some ideas proposed and developed during the TC have already been discussed and proposed to various organisations.
• The participants gained became potentially good multipliers of the YiA Programme.
• Since several partners work with young people with fewer opportunities, the TC gave them the necessary tools to develop more work in this area.
• The members of the host organisation learnt from the experience and became more sensitive to new possibilities both on the local and on the international level.

Another Action 4.3 submitted in Germany came out of this Training Course.

“I enjoyed that everybody tried to use a high grade of activities, methods and materials to come up with great ideas” – Maarten Boote, Netherlands

“Great experience learnt a lot from it. I now hope I can encourage more people to use the possibilities available when I get back home.” – Eva Oppel, Germany

About the beneficiary: With the twofold aim of person building and community building, the Salesian Pastoral Youth Service accompanies young people towards the discovery of authentic life values. Through an optimistic view of life in the light of the Gospel, it seeks to develop and implement a programme of holistic Christian formation which enables the young to grow in friendship with the Lord and peace with the self and encourages them to reach out in a ministry to others. In January 2009, SPYS became a recognized Voluntary Organization under the 2007 Voluntary Organizations Act of Malta, with registration number VO/0078.
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