The BEYOU project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ program, hosted a transnational course from July 3 to 7 in Agrigento, with the aim of strengthening skills in youth work (i.e., socio-educational animation for young people) both locally and across Europe.
This course, organized by the Community Foundation of Agrigento and Trapani, was aimed at youth workers from the countries participating in the project: Italy, Greece, Spain, Romania, and Cyprus.
Peer learning was promoted through non-formal learning techniques, focusing on topics such as social generativity, change theory, and project management. This approach allowed participants to acquire new skills, tools, and a European certification that can enrich their daily commitment to disadvantaged youth and allow them to join the “Community Youth Incubators” program.
Within these Youth Incubators, the youth workers will guide the design and implementation of ideas proposed by young people at risk of social exclusion, ideas that will have a significant social impact and contribute to the inclusive, sustainable, and green development of their communities.
The educational experience in Agrigento was made even more valuable by the participation of representatives from Farm Cultural Park and Tierra, Techo y Trabajo. Together with the youth workers, these colleagues shared and discussed their work experiences and commitment to the territory, confronting the wonderful opportunities and challenges encountered on the path towards sustainable community development.
The “Community Youth Incubators” experience begins in Agrigento, charting the course towards the “Local Youth Incubators”, ensuring a social change led and managed by young people from various communities in Europe.
BEYOU Project Consortium:
Community Foundation of Agrigento and Trapani – Lead (Italy)
Organization Earth (Greece)
Hub Nicosia (Cyprus)
Universidad de Alcalá (Spain)
The BEYOU Project – Boosting sustainability and social change through Youth-led community development is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, Key Action 3 (European Youth Together).