Find your talent, work on your skills

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This project should be carried out trans-nationally because this way we can share our diverse experiences in talent development. 80 youth workers will take part in the 4 TCs, planned to unfold, and 80 young people will take part in a web of local activities aimed at testing, piloting and designing new methods on talent development. Also close to 1200 will take in different follow-up and dissemination activities, and 5000 more will find out about our project via social media&internet.

In 2008, DMO described 6 talent areas for youth work in the Netherlands to focus on; Sport/Body& Health, Arts&Music, Technology and ICT, Science and Nature, Communication & Language, Social Skills. Focusing on individual talents, creating success moments, builds up self- confidence, a positive self-image and creates future perspective.

Youths in Poland, Belgium and Romania face these same problems. What we see with youth workers from all 4 organizations and countries is a lack of knowledge of how talent development works exactly. However, each partner organisation has different expertise, methods and outlook on talent development, which interconnected will lead to our desired results. We will capitalize the expertise each member has, in order to reach our objectives:

  • To develop non formal methods and tools for youth workers to identify individual talent in a group;
  • To develop non formal methods and tools to stimulate self-discovery, self-knowledge and self-regulation;
  • To develop a well-balanced program with projects and activities that covers all talent areas and skills needed for the 21st century;
  • To develop methods to connect projects and activities to secondary education and the labor market;
  • To develop tools to make individual talents and competences visible to youths and document them, that are suitable for high risk youths and teenagers.

This project should be carried out trans-nationally because this way we can share our diverse experiences in talent development. 80 youth workers will take part in the 4 TCs, planned to unfold, and 80 young people will take part in a web of local activities aimed at testing, piloting and designing new methods on talent development. Also close to 1200 will take in different follow-up and dissemination activities, and 5000 more will find out about our project via social media&internet.

We will use a non-formal methodology and involve youngsters, youth workers, organizations from outside of the partnership itself, for validating and getting feedback on the results we are aiming for.

Two intellectual outputs, a Guide on Talent Development and an innovative phone app for visualizing youths' talent will be developed with all the partners' contribution.

Youth workers will be educated on how talent development works exactly, what are the different stages and what factors are needed to discover, develop and excel talent, gain knowledge of the effects of talent development on high risk, disadvantaged and vulnerable youths and by combining our expertise and experience in working with this specific target group we can identify successful methods and activities, etc.

Youths will be introduced to a broader choice of talent areas and activities and they will be able to discover their specific talents and competences better and will have a better self-knowledge of who they are, what they can do and what they want, etc. Trough participating in our project and activities, youths will have a clearer view of which profession or education they may pursue and will assess opportunities for jobs and schools. Youths will also have a better view of their individual learning process and the competences needed to be further developed, as well as they will be able to set personal goals.

The main impact of the project will be that youth workers and organizations alike, will integrate talent development in their current practice, build projects and activities for identifying talents and for supporting young people to improve themselves. We will reach out and impact other organizations as well, though a well-planned set of dissemination activities that will use our results to create changes in the way they work with their youths.

At local, regional, national and EU level, as in many countries talent development is very little known, our project will raise awareness on the concept, and make other stakeholders and NGOs to start using methodologies and approaches for helping young people to identify and put to value their talents.

 

Stakeholder in charge: Stichting Avedan Welzijn

Target group: Youths aged 12-18 growing up in disadvantaged and vulnerable positions.

Rationale: Our project involves 4 partners from NL, RO, BL, PL, and will last for 24 months, focusing on talent development approach in working with young people. In the last years, we have seen a shift in youth work from a problem solving and ‘emergency' help approach towards a more positive approach, focusing on prevention & talent development when it comes to working with high risk youths.

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