Is it possible to promote the development of the so-called ‘soft skills’, such as interpersonal and behavioural skills, of teenagers while promoting their active citizenship? School-based innovation could improve the quality of life of the surrounding community? Can non-formal learning improve students’ performance and capabilities measured by formal systems?
These are some of the premises on the basis of which the Youth Social Changemakers project was born. The project, currently ongoing, engages the students of the Liceo Artistico of ‘Rosina Salvo’ Institute of Trapani and the Istituto Tecnico of Zaragoza (Spain) and will lead them on a year-long journey made of discovery, ‘learning by doing’ and innovation.
The path, focused on topics such as ethical finance, project design, design thinking and project management, runs through an initial training phase (dedicated to know-how and tools transfer), a second “challenge” phase (participants will be divided into groups to develop thematic project ideas) and a final third phase of implementation (the winners of the contest will use a monetary award to develop the selected project ideas, supported by their peers and supervised by the peers based in the partner country).
Thanks to memorandum of understanding signed between the Community Foundation of Agrigento and Trapani, project leader, and the “Rosina Salvo” High School of Trapani, hours spent on YSC project will be recognised to students as PCTO (Pathways for Transversal Skills and Orientation), an extracurricular programme focused on job experience acquisition that in Italy is mandatory for all high schools.