Training Course: Inclusion and Diversity in a Youth Work setting
Location: Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland
Dates: 11-13 October 2022
Number of participants: 20
Participating countries: Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries
Organizer: Involve CLG
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Deadline: 28 August 2022
Date of selection: 11 September 2022
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Participation fee: €50
- Accommodation and food: breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks during the training duration is included, as well as accommodation (2-3 participants per rooms, singe occupancy can be arranged at an extra cost to participant).
- Insurance: will be provided by the organisers. The participants need to bring European Health Insurance Card.
- Covid-related costs: (vaccinations, tests, masks) will be covered by the participants themselves and will not be reimbursed by the organisers.
- Travel reimbursement: reimbursement of the travel costs will be 100% up to the maximum amounts indicated in the rules of the Erasmus+ programme after producing original receipts of payment.
maximum travel reimbursement amounts: 100-499 km = 180 euro, 500-1999 km = 275 euro, 2000-2999 km = 360 euro using https://erasmus-plus.ec.europa.eu/resources-and-tools/distance-calculator
The training programme is called “Inclusion and Diversity in a Youth Work setting”. Over 3 days we will cover many different topics (as outlined below) and discuss tools that can be used to ensure a youth service is as inclusive and diverse as it possibly can be focusing on working with young people from Ethnic minority backgrounds. This training will engage and encourage peer support and sharing opportunities for Youth work managers, youth workers and volunteers. It will also include a whole organisation approach from Board of management roles to finance officers.
3 days training Topics will include:
- What is Inclusion and Diversity?
- Good practice models
- Self-aware and workplace aware
- Planning inclusive programmes and activities
- Tackling hate speech and racism in a youth work setting
- Specialised groups and programmes i.e. LGBT+, Traveller, Roma etc.
We will also be sharing our Youth Work Toolkit that we devised called “STATUS” Supporting Travellers adavance Through Universal Services. Irish Travellers are indeginous ethnic minority group from Ireland that have a shared culture and history. This toolkit maybe applied to working with other ethnic miority groups. The STATUS Toolkit is not just about equality of access but about giving youth organisations a sign-post to lead the way in the active inclusion and empowerment of ethnic minority young people in their universal services. This may require organisations to outsource culture awareness training but this should not be seen as a blockage to development and planning for inclusion. Usage of the toolkit is a developmental process and provides a framework for real change which prioritises youth work practices, organisational cultures and also develops a critical consciousness of societal inequalities in which advocacy and change can emanate and allow young people reach their full potential.
Benefits & Outcomes of Using the STATUS Toolkit
By endeavouring to create a welcoming and empowering social environment for young people from all communities, organisations will create the conditions so as young people will participate fully and advance with confidence and ready to engage fully in society. By utilising the STATUS Toolkit and agreeing actions, a youth organisation is taking strategic steps within their services which will ensure better outcomes for ethnic minority groups in their personal life and in society at large. The step by step guide will facilitate and create an organisational best practice approach in the engagement, participation and retention of young people from Ethnic minority groups in mainstream youth services. The engagement, participation and retention of Young people lie firmly with the service provider. Having an open door policy or treating everybody equally is not enough to create equality, this requires proactive and deliberate planning to ensure better equality of outcomes for ALL young people.