International youth work development at its best: Train the Trainer training for the Erasmus+ Move Beyond project is underway in Espoo

9.5.2022 7.40Updated: 1.6.2022 7.54
Participants in the training

Espoo Youth Services is actively involved in the conduct and development of international youth work. The Erasmus+ Move Beyond project (2019–2022) is an excellent example of international youth work and cooperation in youth services. The project is being implemented in collaboration with six European actors. The actors include municipal actors, organisations and companies. In addition to Espoo, also the following cities are part of the project: Vienna (Austria), 's-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), Palmela (Portugal), Turin (Italy), Florence (Italy) and Lodz (Poland). The main coordination of the project is the responsibility of the Dutch organisation Weener XL.

The Move Beyond project is developing new ways to reach young people outside of work and education, using the ways of arts and sports. The aim is to introduce new tools for working with young people in difficult situations.

Espoo Youth Services coordinates the sports part of the project in collaboration with Espoo Sports and Exercise Services. The collaboration has so far resulted in a 40-page guide on the use of physical activity in group work with young people. In addition to this guide, the project has produced a similar guide on the use of art in group activities. As a third written output, the project has produced a theoretical framework on which all activities under the project are based.

“The Train the Trainer training, which is part of the Move Beyond project (20-23/04/2022), is currently underway at Matinkylä’s Youth Centre in Espoo. A total of 16 people from seven different project parties are involved in the training. The project partners have co-designed the content of the training and the training utilises the material produced so far in the project,” says designer Ville Leino. “The ongoing training was originally supposed to be implemented a year ago. Despite the delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project will be completed by the end of the project period in October. The lessons learned from the current training will be piloted in May–June in group activities in each of the participating cities. About ten young people for each actor will take part in the pilots. In Espoo Youth Services, outreach youth work is responsible for leading the pilot. The final outputs of the project will utilise the feedback gathered from the pilots”.

After the training, the project will be further promoted among the project team for two days. The pandemic has also affected the coordination of the project, which has, of course, been largely remote. This week’s meeting is only the third face-to-face meeting. The whole project team is excited about the meeting. “Promoting things while sitting in the same room is not only more effective but it’s more fun too,” says Leino. In addition to the pilots starting in the late spring, the meeting will plan, among other things, project communication and finishing of materials produced during the project. “The atmosphere in the training is high and it is clear from the participants that there has been a great need for a face-to-face meeting. I can promise already now that the spring pilot will be a great experience for young people. The fruits of the project can certainly be used in other contexts in the future.”

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