Youth worker’s mobility - Kinetic youth - move to grow
“Kinetic youth-move to grow” is a mobility for youth workers under KA1. The main activity of the project is the training for youth workers in the field of dance and movement as a powerful tool in working with young people. The project aims to equip youth workers with competences to promote and develop kinetic and emotional intelligence in young people. We strongly believe that non-formal learning is active learning of individuals, that creative expression leads to critical thinking and that creativity is a very powerful tool for self-awareness and the amazing tool for discovering one’s authentic self, which is very necessary for young people during adolescence. Dance and movement provide a way of learning that develops communication skills, problem-solving techniques as well as creative and critical thinking skills as well as kinetic skills.
Youth worker’s mobility - BE smART!
Project BE smART! is a training for youth workers, which is dedicated to the development and strengthening of visual – spatial or. imaginative-creative intelligence with the help of 5 techniques and methods from art (drawing, painting, collage, architecture and sculpture) for young people that we work with or we get in touch. The human mind is made up of different intelligences. According to H. Gardner, these are linguistic, mathematical-logical, visual-spatial, musical, interpersonal, internal personal, as a sense of nature and existential center (https://isio.acs.si/doc/N-485-1.pdf). K. Geržan defines them as rational, social, emotional, spiritual, intuitive, imaginative-creative, physical-motor, aesthetic and intuition of irony (95 tez za izhod iz slepe ulice vzgoje in izobraževanja, 2019). With the project, we want to raise awareness of multi-intelligence and put the young person at the forefront, adapt methods and ways of working to their needs, strengthen their weaker intelligences and support the development of their strong intelligences.
KA227 - Partnerships for Creativity Youth+Art=Resilience
Youth + Art = Resilience project is a project within the ERASMUS + program, strategic partnerships in the field of creativity. The call was published in response to the crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the project, Aspira Institute wishes to build a bridge between the currently most vulnerable target group – young people (indirectly the youth sector) and the sector that gives the most inspiration for resilience (art and culture).
At the moment, young people face a high risk of social exclusion and are only a step away from being pushed into one of the categories of young people with fewer opportunities by the current situation. Some categories are obvious, such as economic barriers, social and health problems, but what happens to other young people who are marginalized, such as people with disabilities and young migrants? Do they face even more difficult situations than ever before? Although we cannot solve economic and health barriers at once, we can ensure faster recovery, strength and hope for young people by giving them the opportunity for resilience, giving them a voice and visibility in society.
Overcoming Fear of Failure
The project aims to solve the most significant issues that prevent young people from starting any endeavour – fear of failure, which has roots in shame culture. The project will equip youth workers, leaders and young adults with methods, tools, and guidance to be able to plan their future and apply it into reality without fear of failure. In a morally supported culture, called a guilt culture, “you know you are good or bad by what your conscience feels. In a shame culture, you know you are good or bad by what your community says about you, by whether it honours or excludes you. In the shame culture, social exclusion makes people feel they are bad”.(Crouch 2016, The shame culture – https://bit.ly/3cJZuB4 ) The omnipresence of social media has created a new sort of shame culture, since it’s a world of constant display and observation, where success equals inclusion and acceptance. Our internal research found interesting facts in the study “The effect of You Can Do It! Education in six schools on student perceptions of wellbeing, teaching, learning and relationships”, where researchers have developed and implemented a positive psychology program through a “Train the trainer” methods. The results indicated an overall positive effect on students’ attitudes and self-perceptions of different aspects of their wellbeing, fostering motivation and confidence.
The Aspira Institute is a partner in the strategic partnership project in the field of adult education, within the ERASMUS + program. The CreADtivity project “The Dynamics of Creativity in Vulnerable Adult Target Groups through Art ” is based on the development of creativity through art-related activities. Art in adults in a state of vulnerability is a proven successful tool for the development of creativity, with the help of which we also develop and strengthen competencies for better employability.