The Art of Coaching in Youth Work
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 29 févr. 2016
Coaching is a training or development process via which individual is supported while achieving a specific personal or professional competence result or goal is an important component of effective functioning of NGO as a support for young people. Individual work with using the coaching methods inside the organization, as well as work with local communities, can increase the quality of NGOs' work generally and have direct influence on the target groups organizations work with.
At the same time, we face a problem that youth workers representing NGOs which work for local communities have lack of coaching skills in their work. First of all, it is caused by the reason that youth workers are not aware about importance of these coaching skills. And as a result, they are not able to use in their work. Moreover, it is caused by lack of professional coaches and coaching trainers which are ready to share their knowledge and experience with youth workers, which in a way comes from lack of proper non-formal education, missing international cooperation in this field and supporting system between NGOs around Europe.
"The Art of Coaching in Youth Work" is a training course that took place in Alanya, Turkey between 26th of January - 03rd of February, 2016, in cooperation with 8 partner organizations from 8 Programme countries - Czech Republic, France, Lithuania, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey. The project has brought together 24 participants. The training course was specially designed for youth workers interested in coaching and using the coaching methods in the work of their organizations.
The objectives of this training course has become:
- To learn about importance of coaching skills in youth work;
- To learn coaching skills how to use different techniques and methods in individual coaching in order to guide and mentor volunteers knowing more methods and techniques.;
- To practice different coaching techniques and methods;
- To increase the quality of NGOs' work in local communities and inside their own organizations;
- To establish partner relationships between organizations and create the support system;
- To learn about opportunities for young people and youth organizations in frame of Erasmus+ Programme;
- To plan the activities for future cooperation between the organizations.
The participants had been empowered to learn from their own experience and create their own individual knowledge and development concerned with issue. We call it “learning by doing”. This is the method, based on experiential learning. In this approach learning becomes a specific and individual process, because it depends from the person, her/his behavior, reaction and emotions, attitude and way of thinking.
The main working methods of the activity have become exercises, games and activities, in which participants experienced the models of real life.
On a personal level the training brought the results that participants have identified showed up all their core qualities and has become able to perform all different approaches available, through their own unique style. Additionally to this, the results brought a long lasting confidence, while interacting with others, which brought them to their desired outcomes with much less effort than before.
The organizational results of the training has become the start of an active coaching process in the partner organizations, and start build a strong platform of organizations, that operate based on same standards, values and understanding. Another result has become joining forces and applying together for further projects looking for possibilities to cooperate with each other in the future.
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