“Start from where young people are” is the youth worker’s mantra, therefore environmental protection and awareness is an important concern for many youth organisations across Europe, even if not all of them rate it as their first priority and the youth workers’ ability to support youth green actions is becoming more and more relevant.

GYM wants to provide the youth organizations and their youth workers with needed background of knowledge, ability and skills that make them able to effectively promote and support young people’s commitment in the environment protection field in order to empower and support them in leading and initiating green actions. Peer-learning will be the main methodology used by partner recognized to be a Europe-wide practice in youth work and youth policy. Peer-learning is a process of accumulation of knowledge and competence through a networked form of learning. It can be used to improve work with different youth concerns (participation, transition to work, social exclusion, etc.) and to support the design of better youth policies.

In this context, the project embeds the following specific objectives:

  • To provide youth workers and youth educators a specific knowledge and competences set to be able to work in the youth empowerment and engagement specifically oriented to sustainability;
  • To develop a training programme (online seminars) aimed at upskilling youth workers and youth educators, using the specific T-Kits materials and allowing exchange of experiences through a peer-learning approach;
  • To test the produced materials and the enhanced preparation of youth workers and youth educators into the real context thriugh a series of local seminars with young people;
  • To promote and enhance environmental protection and awareness among youth workers and youth educators as well as among young people.

The aim of youth services, and the role of Youth Workers as well, is not only to respond to the needs, interests and requests of young people – certainly a key objective – but also to anticipate their needs and develop preventive measures accordingly. Some of these needs are closely related to accessing their rights and to key global objectives and challenges like those reflected in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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