Recently E+ programme changed, new types of projects and financing were introduced. The former programme was more based and financed on singular projects while the new programme offers more systematic approach – possibility for accreditation and easier financing mechanism.
This is a great opportunity for small-mid size organizations, which are mainly working with young people and KA1 type of projects, for systemizing their work, introducing more continuous and structured activities, involving more young people to a higher level. However, youth workers and small-mid size NGOs have low level of skillset needed to adjust for new programme.
The goal of this project was to increase quality of youth work of 4 partner organizations and their readiness to actively and purposefully participate in new E+ programme, and organize their activities in a strategic manner.
“Strategic Planning of Youth Work” was a small-scale partnership project under Key Action 2 of Erasmus+ Programme. It was co-funded by the Portuguese National Agency – Erasmus+ Juventude em Ação.
To increase strategic thinking and planning competences of 16 youth workers from 4 countries until the end of project.
To facilitate exchange of good practices and discuss possible collaboration when preparing strategic plans of activities (plans of activities when having accreditation) of each partner organization until the end of project.
During the project, organizations crystalized their vision, target groups, areas of operation and activities accordingly. Thanks to it, partners are better prepared to plan and structure future activities so they correspond to the main objectives of organization, needs of target groups and activities they do.
Furthermore, organizations will have accreditation and prepared structured plans of activities given to evaluate for financing. Thanks to this project, we will be able to do it in significantly higher quality. We believe it will lead to more stable financing of activities, increased self-confidence of youth workers in terms that they have work in the future as well as the feeling that what they do are more meaningful and continuous, efforts building-up on each other, results and impact more visible.
Collaboration was formed by 4 partners from PT, HU, CZ and SK who face similar problems and needs.
To achieve these objectives, we organized two mobility activities. Two short-term joint staff training events, in Slovakia, where we focused on increasing our strategic thinking an planning competences. And a second one in Portugal, where we cooperated together with youth workers from all partners to finalize strategic plans of activities, for when all partners have Erasmus+ accreditation.
#1 | SLOVAKIA
The first activity of the Strategic Planning of Youth Work Erasmus+ project was a training course in Počúvadlo, Slovakia. The training course was designed to increase the strategic thinking and planning competences of the youth workers involved in the project. A total of 17 participants from the four partner organizations attended the training, which lasted for a week.
The training was led by experienced trainers who provided the youth workers with valuable insights and practical tools for strategic planning and thinking. The participants were taught various techniques and methods to help them analyze and evaluate their current situation, set goals, and develop action plans. They were also given the opportunity to work on real-life examples and case studies to apply the skills they learned in practice. The participants were also given the opportunity to work in group and get to know their peers from other countries, which helped in fostering a sense of collaboration and teamwork among them.
The week-long training course in Počúvadlo was an intensive and highly interactive experience for the participants. The trainers effectively conveyed the importance of strategic thinking and planning for the success of youth work, and the participants left the training with a deeper understanding of how to apply these skills in their own work. They also learned how to work collaboratively and effectively with other organizations from different countries. The training was indeed beneficial for all participants and an essential step in achieving the project’s goal and objectives.
#2 | PORTUGAL
The second training activity of the Strategic Planning of Youth Work Erasmus+ project was a training course in Terceira Island, Portugal. The training course was focused on the exchange of good practices and discussions about possible collaboration between the partner organizations. The youth workers from different countries shared their experiences and best practices, and discussed how they could collaborate in the future. The training was attended by 16 youth workers from the four partner organizations, and it lasted for a week.
The training was highly interactive, with the participants engaging in group activities and discussions. The youth workers were encouraged to share their experiences, challenges, and successes in their respective organizations. They learned about different approaches and best practices in youth work from different countries and were able to compare them with their own experiences. The discussions also focused on possible collaborations between the partner organizations, which will be beneficial in the future. The training concluded with the development of strategic action plans for each organization, developed by the participants, which outlined specific steps they would take to implement the ideas and collaborations discussed during the training, namely what type of activities they would implement as accredited organizations in the field of Youth.
Overall, the second training activity was a valuable opportunity for the youth workers to share their experiences, learn from each other, and discuss possible collaborations. The training helped in fostering a sense of collaboration and teamwork among the partner organizations, which will be essential for the success of the network’s goals and objectives. The participants left the training with a greater understanding of the importance of sharing best practices and collaborating with other organizations to improve the quality of youth work.
As a result of this project 3 of the 4 partner organizations have applied for Erasmus+ Accreditation application. K86, from Slovakia, due to being the more unexperienced of all the partners is not going to apply for now, but like the rest of the partners it has benefited immensely in the definition of better processes and strategic planning of their youth work.
CJE and INK have become accredited organizations in the field of youth and got their annual plans for 2023 approved.