Mobility of youth workers – Training Course


ALLUSION: inclUSION is not an illUSION – say NO to exclUSION!

03 – 11 May 2023, Romania

This project was an initiative focused on advancing equality, inclusion, and diversity within European youth work. It targeted vulnerable youth who are often marginalized and have limited access to vital services such as education, healthcare, and employment.

The project’s primary aim was to enhance the skills of youth workers, educators, and trainers in the fields of equity, diversity, and inclusion. By equipping these professionals with practical tools and methods, the project sought to improve the quality and accessibility of youth work. This effort ensured that young people facing discrimination or marginalization had increased opportunities to engage in educational and civic activities, marking a significant step towards addressing social challenges and creating a more inclusive environment in youth organizations and communities.

Addressing Challenges

Lack of Inclusive Youth Work

There’s an ongoing need for youth workers, educators, and trainers to offer more inclusive and high-quality youth work that caters to the diverse needs of all young people, particularly those who are marginalized.

Skill Gaps among Youth Workers

Professionals working with youth lack adequate competencies in equity, diversity, and inclusion. This skill gap limits their ability to effectively support and engage with disadvantaged youth.

Youth Barrier to Participation

Young people facing discrimination or marginalization have unequal opportunities to engage in educational and civic activities, thereby limiting their personal and professional development.

Need for Practical Tools and Methods

There is a demand for practical, effective tools and methods that youth workers can use in their daily work to facilitate the inclusion and participation of disadvantaged youth.

The Activities

The activity program was structured to effectively address the needs of vulnerable youth and to equip youth workers with the necessary skills and tools. The program was designed to be engaging, interactive, and impactful, with a focus on practical learning and real-world applications.

Training and Workshops

The core of the program consisted of training sessions and workshops aimed at developing competencies in equity, diversity, and inclusion. These sessions were interactive and designed to provide youth workers with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Practical Youth Inclusion Tools

The program introduced a variety of practical tools and methods that participants could use in their daily work with disadvantaged youth. These tools were intended to help overcome barriers to participation and foster a more inclusive environment in their organizations.

Professional Development Activities

To enhance the professional skills of the participants, the program included a range of development activities. These activities were focused on improving the overall quality of youth work and fostering innovative approaches to inclusion.

Reflection and Evaluation Sessions

Regular sessions for reflection and evaluation were integrated into the program to assess the learning outcomes and the overall impact of the activities. These sessions also provided an opportunity for participants to share their feedback and experiences.

Addressing Challenges

All of the engaging and impactful components we’ve used during the project are detailed in our Padlet. We invite you to access this resource to gain a deeper understanding of our diverse range of activities, workshops, and innovative practices designed to empower youth workers. The Padlet provides an interactive and comprehensive overview of the project, offering insights into our training sessions, practical tools, and the collaborative efforts that drive our initiative.

The Learning Outcomes

Enhanced Understanding and Application of Inclusive Practices

Participants gained a comprehensive understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion, learning to develop and implement inclusive practices in youth work. This included recognizing and addressing various forms of discrimination and marginalization.

Professional Skills in Youth Empowerment and Advocacy

Participants were equipped with the tools and methods necessary for empowering young individuals, along with the skills to advocate for social inclusion. This empowered them to support youth in developing their own voices and actively participating in their communities.


Effective Communication and Cultural Competency

The program improved participants’ communication skills, particularly in multicultural settings, and increased their cultural awareness. This is crucial for engaging effectively with diverse youth groups and fostering a respectful and understanding environment.

Networking, Collaboration, and Leadership Development

The project facilitated the development of networking and collaboration skills among participants, fostering the exchange of best practices in youth work. It also enhanced their leadership and teamwork abilities, crucial for leading inclusive youth projects and initiatives.

Personal and Professional Growth

Through self-reflection, evaluation sessions, and practical learning experiences, the program contributed significantly to the personal and professional growth of the participants, enabling them to become more effective and empathetic youth workers.

Our project in pictures

What better way to experience the spirit and impact of the project than through our collection of vivid photographs? This section showcases key moments and activities, encapsulating the essence of our journey towards equity, diversity, and inclusion.  

Voices of Impact

Hear directly from those at the heart of the project through our participants’ testimonials. These personal accounts offer unique insights into the experiences, transformations, and real-world impact of our initiative.

It’s like I lived a small life here. Since it’s my first experience, I didn’t expect so much to happen. I’m really happy to have shared my first experience in this place, with these people, and in this program. I’ll remember this experience forever. Here, I learned that it’s not that scary to open up to people and how important it is to take care of the people that are vulnerable.

This project really showed me how inclusion, though complex, is possible with effort and the right tools. Starting from understanding the problems of other societies, to discussing various aspects of inclusion in society, the project helped me understand people’s needs more clearly and now, I am more prepared to offer support.

This project taught me how to effectively communicate and arrange activities with young people, how to understand the problems of other societies and what inclusion and exclusion really mean. My communication skills and self-confidence have significantly improved. It was a really wonderful experience that I hope to repet soon.

The most important skills I gained were the ability to communicate closely with people of other nationalities on important issues like inclusivity. This experience brought me closer to these people and definetelly broadened my perspectives about the world.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

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