Talking Youth Work
What’s new in Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges with Paavo Pyykkönen, season 2, episode 16

What’s new in Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges with Paavo Pyykkönen, season 2, episode 16

May 4, 2021

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Dear listeners,

 

We spoke with Paavo Pyykönen who is a senior program advisor for the Finnish National Agency for the Erasmus+ Youth Program, an european funding line that supports youth work related projects.

 

Paavo talked about the importance of international youth exchanges, where youngsters can meet peers from other cultures, pursue their interests and grow together as individuals and as citizens. The job of the adults involved is to empower the young people and not treat them like little kids that can't solve problems by themselves. Youth workers should trust that young people can figure things out, and that they know things and have skills that the adults might miss.

 

We all hope the new funding line will create better opportunities for organizations in the field of youth work to create long lasting and meaningful learning experiences. Besides of the novelties in the new programme that we talked about, Paavo had a good advice for all that want to design projects: people should design projects that answer a specific need of their own organisation or communities, not generic projects that try to tackle too much.

 

The new Erasmus+ Youth programme has new thematic priorities, such as digitalization and green issues, topics we have covered previously in this podcast when we talked with  Laimonas Ragauskas or with Antonio Jovanovski.

 

It was very inspiring for us to talk with Paavo, he is a passionate person that really believes in the support the Erasmus+ programme gives of the next generations, so they can thrive and create better future for themselves, and for all of us, if we think about it.

 

We sure enjoyed this conversation; we hope you do too. Let’s Talk Youth Work!

 

Youth Goals: https://youth-goals.eu

Erasmus+ Guide: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/programme-guide/introduction_en

EU Youth Strategy: https://europa.eu/youth/strategy_en

 

The Future of Work with Gonçalo Hall, season 2, episode 15

The Future of Work with Gonçalo Hall, season 2, episode 15

March 8, 2021

In this episode, we travel to Madeira's island to explore a new and exciting project: the Digital Nomad Village. We talked to Gonçalo Hall - the founder of the project - who had the project's idea while on an Erasmus+ project in Italy.
 
Gonçalo discovered digital nomadism six years ago, fell in love with remote work and became a remote work consultant. He also hosts a podcast called Remote Work Movement and started a few businesses around remote work.
 
Digital nomadism allows global communities to have a positive local impact. When people travel to stay and work in various local communities, they bring their experiences and connections to where they decide to live. This can help rehabilitate abandoned rural areas or revive local economies in regions most affected by the pandemic crisis.
 
We talked about the future of work and what skills young people need to acquire to adapt to new work forms. Gonçalo believes that writing will be an essential skill to thrive in the future because of the communication implications between people who don’t share the same workplace anymore, but also intercultural skills, emotional skills and self-management become more and more valuable.
 
We hope that you can take many good insights from this episode. Let’s Talk Youth Work.
 
How to follow and reach Gonçalo:
Linkedin - https://bit.ly/3rEytFR
Instagram - https://bit.ly/2OFZdY4
Instagram II - https://bit.ly/3rPA2kJ
Facebook - https://bit.ly/2PW2Xp1
 
Remote Work Movement:
Instagram - https://bit.ly/38xzDvA
Facebook - https://bit.ly/3eurGuY
 
Remote Portugal:
Website - https://remoteportugal.pt/
Instagram - https://bit.ly/3qxVWHr
Facebook - https://bit.ly/3l3IABR
5 Reasons Why International Youth Work Sucks with Carmine Rodi, season 2, episode 14

5 Reasons Why International Youth Work Sucks with Carmine Rodi, season 2, episode 14

February 15, 2021

Hello dear listeners,

First of all, we wish you a super 2021, as this is our first episode this year. To lighten up things we talked to Carmine Rodi, a trainer and standup comedian.

Sometimes humor is the best way to bring awareness to certain topics, and youth work has some particularities that Carmine explored in a very humorous way. In the work kit that youth workers and trainers use, comedy and humor can be very useful tools to engage and connect with others, to create bridges, to allow further engagement and deepen hard subjects.

The practice of using humor can develop the competences of reading a room, being attuned to the effects of the humor being used and being conscious of the power that words can have in others. This can enhance the ability of public speaking, of being more at ease and connected to the energy in the group and to step up clear boundaries.

We talked about the very thin line between making jokes and offending someone, and as Carmine explained very well context is key in this, all that is heard by others travels through their experiences, their values, their lives, and something that might be funny to some can be offensive to others. But humor is a natural human trait that can be a way to experiment and to better cope with our own mistakes.

It’s a sign of confidence and openness when we can laugh at ourselves, so we hope you can all enjoy the funny aspects of international youth work, that in reality (spoiler alert), don’t really suck.

 

Links to Carmine's work

Professional site: https://carminerodi.net/

Blog on storytelling, the impact on popular culture and... stuff: https://carminerodi.blog/

Facebook page for storytelling workshops and related activities: https://www.facebook.com/nothing.of.the.cat/

Carmine comedian page: https://www.facebook.com/carminestandup/

workshops on Storytelling in Education (starting NEXT WEEK!): https://www.salto-youth.net/tools/european-training-calendar/training/online-workshops-the-art-and-science-of-storytelling-feb-mar-2021.9081/

online workshops on comedy and humor (starting in April 2021): https://www.facebook.com/ThisWorkshopisaJoke/

 

Books mentioned in the episode:

"The humor code" by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

"The new comedy bibble" by Judy Carter

The Art of Clowning and the Art of Youth Work with Pedro Fabião, season 2, episode 13

The Art of Clowning and the Art of Youth Work with Pedro Fabião, season 2, episode 13

December 21, 2020

Hello dear listeners,

In this episode we talked with Pedro Fabião, an international clown, actor, director, trainer, and psychologist.

​He directed the biggest professional clown organisation in Portugal (www.narizvermelho.pt), where he worked for 16 years.

The conversation was about the Art of Clowning and how it can help people develop empathy and self-awareness.

Clowns have had a function throughout the ages, as those that push the boundaries, that bring a different perspective. Their power is a counter power.

As Pedro pointed out during our conversation there is loads of diversity in the type of people that go to clowning workshops. It’s a wonderful tool to explore our creativity, to connect with our bodies, and mostly: to connect with others.

The principles of clowning can be useful in creating a “transitional field”, a place without real consequence and yet inscribed in reality. A reversible moment of exploration and endless possibilities. Clowns are experts in making mistakes, looking foolish or messing things up, but with the deeper wisdom of turning shortcomings into a celebration of humanity. So how we relate to failing can be helped by exploring our own clowns and creating physical and emotional safety for others to explore theirs.

Youth workers can engage with young people using this space where the boundaries of reality are expanded. Together, they can see further and deeper without getting overwhelmed or depressed by limitations, anything is possible outside the normal, failure is celebrated and that’s where the Art of Clowning can help.

 

Pedro Fabião website | https://bit.ly/3pdEd85

 

Resources

“Do That Funny Thing You Do” by Tara Brodin | https://bit.ly/38gJB3A

Facebook group with clown resources | https://bit.ly/2KoWkco

Developing Youth Work Innovation eHandbook | https://bit.ly/3gS1ZDw

Making Green the New Normal with Antonio Jovanovski, season 2, episode 12

Making Green the New Normal with Antonio Jovanovski, season 2, episode 12

November 23, 2020

Hello dear listeners,

In this episode we go green. We talked to Antonio Jovanovski, a trainer, an activist and a social entrepreneur. He is a member of the Pool of trainers of Youth@Work partnership (www.youthatworkpartnership.org) and the founder of a youth environmental NGO (www.gogreen.mk) where he works on training and policy development related to youth eco-activism, education for sustainable development and social inclusion through the green economy.  Antonio wrote a very interesting article about the upside of going green in job creation, and the cost of not doing so. You can find the article here. (https://bit.ly/32RUqan)

We are in a time to make decisions and - as Antonio pointed out during our conversation - decisions need reflection, visions of what the future could be like, and the awareness that the decisions we take should ensure a sustainable future. Economic growth has been the measure of progress, and it has become an addiction, but it impairs the decisions that need to be made.

It’s a difficult battle specially for young people because they are the ones that will face the biggest challenges if nothing is changed, but lack the power and the engagement needed to have a say in the decision-making processes.

Youth workers could setup programs that are related to the green economy, where a green awareness is used as a strategy to make decisions that empowers young people to disconnect with the virtual world and connect to real life and worthy causes in which their future depends on.

 

Below are the Youth@Work contacts. You can be part of this initiative.

Facebook: @YouthatWorkPartnership

Instagram: @youthatworkeu

Twitter: @euyouthatwork

Youtube: YouthatWork Partnership

LinkedIn: YouthatWork Partnership

The Youth@Work partnership is delivered with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union". The European Commission's support for the production of this podcast does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”

Measuring Impacts with Elin Mcallum, season 2, episode 11

Measuring Impacts with Elin Mcallum, season 2, episode 11

October 26, 2020

Hello dear listeners,

 

We are joined in this episode by Elin McCallum, one of the co-founders of Bantani Education, a non-profit organisation supporting entrepreneurial and creative learning. Elin is also a member of the Youth@Work Pool of trainers.

One of the topics of our talk was how to measure impact in youth work, from the example of the Youth@Work Partnership. We also talked about a model of entrepreneurial competencies (Entrecomp), and the immediate connection that most people make that entrepreneurship is about creating your company or being a founder of a startup, but Elin explained quite well  that being entrepreneurial is the ability to act, to create value. Once again, we talked about the need to understand risk, to be adaptable and flexible in fast paced times, and the role youth work and youth workers have in helping young people to develop those skills.

We discussed something we find very relevant, and that is the need of the youth work field to understand the real value that it is bringing and communicate it properly, because a lot of the competencies we talk about and around being entrepreneurial are already instilled in the work of youth workers, but due to lack of awareness and clarity is not being owned the way it could and should be.

 

Bantani Education Website - https://bantani.com/

Below are the Youth@Work contacts. You can be part of this initiative.

Facebook: @YouthatWorkPartnership

Instagram: @youthatworkeu

Twitter: @euyouthatwork

Youtube: YouthatWork Partnership

LinkedIn: YouthatWork Partnership

The Youth@Work partnership is delivered with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union". The European Commission's support for the production of this podcast does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”

How to Facilitate Learning with Nik Paddison, season 2 episode 10

How to Facilitate Learning with Nik Paddison, season 2 episode 10

October 6, 2020

Dear listeners, 

Hope summer treated you well. We did miss you, and we hope you are all doing well.

In this episode we talked to Nik Paddison from the UK, a trainer of trainers, youth workers and activists in the European youth field. For the last few years he has been working as a full time freelance trainer, writer and consultant.

The main topic was Facilitation of Learning and how it is a process that has to engage the learner if we want real learning to take place. We discussed that the idea of learning as the receiving of information is a misleading and incorrect one, learning must be an active experience where everyone is involved, interested and responsible for their own growth. The facilitator needs to observe the group carefully to understand the group dynamic and support each individual on their needs.

In this process, the power of reflection is sometimes overlooked, and if we want to have deeply engaging and rich learning experiences we need to have time to reflect on what message was communicated to us, how it relates to our previous knowledge, what parts were less clear and how we can ask for help from others. By doing so not only you learn more about the subject but also about yourself as a learner.

Very rich and insightful conversation, that we hope you enjoy, reflect and learn as much as we did.

Let’s Talk Youth Work.

 

Links to the resources mentioned in the episode:

Mark Taylor's episode: https://bit.ly/3nmVXxG

Developing Youth Work Innovation, E-handbook.https://www.humak.fi/en/julkaisut/youth-work-innovation/

The Handbook for Facilitators (learning to learn in practice):  https://bit.ly/3jAcnk7

One to One (supporting learning face to face): https://www.youthpass.eu/downloads/13-62-276/Publication_121_Final.pdf

Time to Show Off (how youth workers accompany young peoples learning processes): https://bit.ly/3nnRPNO

Employability revisited with Maria-Carmen Pantea and Dunja Potočnik, season 2 episode 9

Employability revisited with Maria-Carmen Pantea and Dunja Potočnik, season 2 episode 9

July 27, 2020

Hello dear listeners,

In this episode we talked with Maria-Carmen Pantea and Dunja Potočnik, members of the Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR) who did important research in the field of youth employability and entrepreneurship for the Youth@Work Partnership.

Our conversation covered some of the tensions that the youth field faces regarding youth employability.

Although the younger generation is more educated, they are at a bigger risk of becoming impoverished or socially excluded, due to job market dynamics. Society expects a leading role from the youth field when it comes to developing young peoples' soft skills and professional competences, but sends conflicting messages by not listening to their opinions and experiences  - as well as the opinions of those who work directly with young people - when drafting the employment policies that will affect their future.

 

"Only less than ⅓ of NGO's working in the areas of youth and employment get consulted when it comes to policy development in these areas."

 

On one hand, policymakers need to put greater trust in the capabilities of young people and NGO's in the youth field regarding their inputs to employment and entrepreneurship policies. On the other hand, youth workers also need to question their position regarding these topics.

As youth workers, where should our focus be? In helping young people navigate the job market? Or advocating for more inclusive and fair employment policies?

We sure learned a lot about this topic, and we invite you to listen and learn also.

Let's talk about youth work!

 

The Youth@Work’s book:

“Employability revisited. Mapping the role of youth work in the field of youth employability and entrepreneurship”

Short link: https://bit.ly/3jM9ooW  

 

The book published by Maria-Carmen Pantea in 2019:

Precarity and Vocational Education and Training. Craftsmanship and Employability in Romania

Short link: https://bit.ly/3g8oGCr

 

The  “Young people, entrepreneurship & non-formal learning: a work in progress” book edited by Maria-Carmen Pantea and published by the SALTO-YOUTH Participation Resource Centre (Belgium) in 2014

Short link: https://bit.ly/3jJ5mhc

 

Below are the Youth@Work contacts. You can be part of this initiative.

Facebook: @YouthatWorkPartnership
Instagram: @youthatworkeu
Twitter: @euyouthatwork
Youtube: YouthatWork Partnership

LinkedIn: YouthatWork Partnership

 

 

The Youth@Work partnership is delivered with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union". The European Commission's support for the production of this podcast does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”

Women’s entrepreneurship in Youth Work with Angelica Perra and Barbara Földi, season 2 episode 8

Women’s entrepreneurship in Youth Work with Angelica Perra and Barbara Földi, season 2 episode 8

July 3, 2020

Hello dear listeners,

In this episode, we talked with two very interesting women entrepreneurs: Angelica Perra and Barbara Földi, who are part of the Pool of Trainers of the Youth@Work Partnership that has placed women's entrepreneurship and economic empowerment among their 9 priorities - https://youthatworkpartnership.org/priorities/.

Angelica is one of the co-founders of TDM, an Italian NGO with a simple and ambitious idea: to help young people from all over Europe to meet and collaborate on the common ground of intercultural dialogue and active citizenship. Barbara Földi is the the owner of ReCreativity, a social enterprise, based in Budapest Hungary, that provides programmes to promote creative solutions for sustainable lifestyles.

We talked about what it means to be a woman entrepreneur caring out initiatives in the field of youth work. They shared the challenges they faced and the advice they have for other youth workers who want to either start their own projects or help young people in that process.

They gave us excellent, honest advice based on their experiences and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

 

Angelica Perra links:

https://www.tdm2000.org/

https://it-it.facebook.com/associazionetdm2000/

https://tdm2000international.org

 https://www.facebook.com/TDMInternational/

 

Barbara Földi links:

http://recreativity.net/en/home/

https://www.instagram.com/tinyecoambassadors/ 

https://www.facebook.com/recreativityforyou/?ref=bookmarks 

  

Below are the Youth@Work contacts. You can be part of this initiative.

Facebook: @YouthatWorkPartnership
Instagram: @youthatworkeu
Twitter: @euyouthatwork
Youtube: YouthatWork Partnership

 

 The Youth@Work partnership is delivered with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union". The European Commission's support for the production of this podcast does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”

 

Entrepreneurial competencies with Raluca Diroescu, season 2 episode 7

Entrepreneurial competencies with Raluca Diroescu, season 2 episode 7

May 27, 2020

With this episode we are starting a special season powered by Youth@Work, a Partnership on Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship of Erasmus+ National Agencies .

In this episode we talked to Raluca Diroescu, the coordinator of Youth@Work.

Raluca likes to call herself a youth work supporter. A person that supports youth work like a fan that wants the team to win. Her love for youth work started during a youth exchange and we talked about the importance these projects have as they create in young people the willingness to participate in the construction of shared European values.

We talked about the events that Youth@Work promotes, as platforms that enable entrepreneurial learning through knowledge sharing, capacity building and networking.

In these events - that gather representatives from different sectors - the idea is to connect, to find points of contact, but also to challenge all the participants to see their own issues through different lenses.

Youth work and entrepreneurship as concepts are thought by some to be at odds with each other. For Raluca, these two ideas can coexist and even thrive when combined to reach a common goal: youth empowerment. If we can equip young people, especially those with fewer opportunities, with real-life opportunities, an entrepreneurial spirit and competences, maybe they can start to look for ways to rise above those inequalities.

Below are the Youth@Work contacts. You can be part of this initiative.

Facebook: @YouthatWorkPartnership
Instagram: @youthatworkeu
Twitter: @euyouthatwork
Youtube: YouthatWork Partnership

Let’s Talk Youth Work!

 The Youth@Work partnership is delivered with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union". The European Commission's support for the production of this podcast does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”

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