SALTO-YOUTH Participation - Call for trainers: How to ignite the spark? Understanding alternative and diverse forms of participation in democratic life and empowering multipliers to support them

SALTO-YOUTH Participation - Call for trainers: How to ignite the spark? Understanding alternative and diverse forms of participation in democratic life and empowering multipliers to support them
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1. Context and aims

Under the impact of the actual challenges facing Europe there seems to be various perspectives on how participation, a sense of citizenship and democratic values need to be further developed today. Current research shows that young people tend to participate rather in non-traditional forms and different examples can be found all over Europe where young people do get involved if their interests and needs are directly addressed.

Across Europe the understanding of what participation actually is differs – mainly at the divide between social, civic and political participation. In the framework of this project stands the assumption that all three forms are interrelated, leading to a greater democratic participation and active citizenship. This reflective process is at the core of this project.

This long-term project aims at:

- Contributing to a better understanding of alternative and diverse forms of participation in democratic life;

- Promoting their value for a vivid and contentious democracy under development;
Bridging the ability to articulate an individual interest to an ability to articulate a common interest with others;

- Reflecting on the learning of participation as a way to inspire critical citizens;
Enabling multipliers to empower young people to take an active role in democratic society.

The project has a core interest to strengthen participation for groups and in fields which are normally underrepresented and having less access to forms of influencing their living environment, such as young refugees and migrants, people of black and ethnic minority background (BME), NEETs, young apprentices, trainees and workers, young people in vocational training centers, schools or non-formal settings such as youth initiatives.

2. Implementation

The project will consist of two formats (including a preparatory and an evaluation meetings):

1 Prep meeting (2 working days, 4 – 5 stakeholders, 4 facilitators, 3 researchers/experts) to prepare and further narrow the topic of the labs.

3 Participation Labs (2,5 working days, 25 – 30 participants; good mixture of field experts, researchers, practitioners, trainers, political educators and other multipliers) to bring together experts to explore a current challenge, find out what the burning questions are, existing knowledge and models of practice. This might prepare the topic for one or more training courses.

Training Course(s) (duration and content to be discussed during the Labs) to promote methodology, knowledge and good practice for other stakeholders and multipliers.

Evaluation meeting (to be organized at the end of the project, after the training courses) to evaluate the outcomes of the over-all project and decide on the follow-up.

During 2 years (2016 and 2017) there will be 3 Participation Labs with only one prep-meeting, possibly 1 or more Training Courses with prior prep meetings and one evaluation meeting at the end.

3. Topics for the Participation Labs

How to give underrepresented target groups a voice? (to take place in Germany, from 16 to 18 November 2016)

Empowering underrepresented groups for participation in democratic life;

Including these target groups as subjects, not as objects;

Reflecting on the role of youth workers, educators and multipliers in this process.

Democratic participation in the transition from education to employment (to take place in the UK, in the first half of 2017, dates to be confirmed by autumn 2016)       

Giving students, young employees, young entrepreneurs, trainees, apprentices, NEETs, young people in precarious work situations etc. a voice;

Striking a balance between individualization and contributing to a common interest.

Reflecting on the role of youth workers, educators and multipliers in this process.

What is the field of political/civic/social education? (to take place in Sweden, in the first half of 2017, hosting country and dates to be confirmed by autumn 2016)

Should political/civic/social education create a space for empowerment for political action (in diverse forms of participation in democratic life) or is the process of information and simulation enough?

What is the role of youth workers, educators and multipliers in this process?

Requested trainer profile

SALTO-YOUTH Participation is looking for 1 lead facilitator and 1 general rapporteur to be involved in all 3 Participation Labs. 3 other facilitators, one for each Lab will be selected by the National Agencies hosting the Labs (Germany, the UK and Sweden). 

Profile of the lead facilitator:

• Experienced in facilitating/moderating conferences, seminars or similar events;
• With knowledge about and experience in working on the topics of youth participation; 
• Able to develop the methodology of the 3 Labs in cooperation with the coordinating team and to ensure a dynamic and participatory process;
• Able to co-facilitate the prep-meeting in cooperation with the organizers;
• Used to cooperating with stakeholders from different professional, political and cultural backgrounds;
• Very good coordination and communication skills (the lead facilitator will work with a different facilitator for each Lab and needs to be able to establish efficient working relationships and create a link between the 3 separate events);
• Very good command of English;

He/she needs to be available for the preparatory meeting that will take place in Budapest or Strasbourg (to be confirmed) in the week of 29 August - 4 September (2 day meeting plus travel, exact dates to be confirmed soon).

Profile of the general rapporteur:

• Experienced in summarizing (orally and in writing) discussions and outcomes of working groups and working sessions;
•  With knowledge about and experience of working on the topic of youth participation and youth policy;
•  Able to propose content-related information to support the work of a group (if needed), e.g. by providing quick teasers / introductory summaries/summing up, etc.;
• Able to coordinate with the facilitators;
• Excellent writing skills /command of English;
• Excellent public speaking skills;
• He/she will provide a synthesis of the discussions and sum up at the end of each Lab + make a link between the Labs;
• He/she will produce the overall report of the project integrating the 3 separate Labs;
• Attendance of the preparatory meeting in August/ September 2016 is not necessary.

Working conditions and Fees

It is foreseen to provide a fee of 290 € per working day.

6 working days (including preparation, delivery and evaluation) are planned for each Lab, therefore each expert will be paid for 18 days for the whole project (6X 3 Labs).
The lead facilitator and the general rapporteur-> 5 220 € per person. 

Organisers and Partners

The “Erasmus+” National Agencies of Germany, UK, Sweden and Hungary, SALTO-YOUTH Participation Resource Centre and the Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth

Application and selection procedure

Apply no later than: 26 April 2016 (midnight Brussels time)

How to apply

Applicants should send a CV including information about their experiences and knowledge of the field of youth participation and facilitation (for lead facilitator position) or reporting/writing (for general rapporteur position).

Those applying for the position of lead facilitator should also submit their visions of each of the 3 Participation Labs – aims and objectives, expected outcomes, programme elements etc. (one page max each).

The applicants for the general rapporteur position should provide a sample of a recent writing or link(s) to reports/publications (developed individually or co-authored).

Interested experts are invited to send their application to: Raluca Diroescu - Please cc Stéphanie Nowakowski -

You will be informed about the selection by: 31 May 2016

For more information:

Raluca Diroescu, Project Manager

Phone: +32 2 227 52 82


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