Creative Thinking in Youth Work  
An intensive training and MOOC dedicated to
youth nonprofits

Training Course,  2-10 June 2019 Bansko, Bulgaria

​The Social Policy and Action Organization was represented by a group of 5 young people at the Training Course entitled Creative Thinking in Youth Work, from 2-10 June 2019 in Bansko, Bulgaria, organized by the Walk Together Association from Bulgaria,in partnership with #ASOCIACIJATAVOEUROPA #Ustanovazaobrazovanjeodraslih Dante #FiatalokazÉlhetöKörnyezetértEgyesület #Asociatia Monomyths #BESTSELLER and #SocialPolicyActionOrg. The Training Course was co-funded by Erasmus+ K1 Youth Exchange. 

Creativity and innovation in youth work for representatives of 7 non-profits from Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, Lithuania and Hungary. The main objective was to create a learning environments for 35 youth workers and a massive open online course about creativity for non profits. The training course was designed as a space to incubate ideas, test methods and Exchange good practices in creativity and brainstoming. The participants developed new key-competences and extend their capacity to implement interactive activities at local level for NEET youngsters and for those with fewer opportunities.

During the 9 days, the participants tested non-formal education methods on creativity, brainstorming, proposed solutions to real challenges that Young people are facing nowadays: the pressure of 24h social networking, lack of employment, personal and profesional opportunities in rural and small urban communities, migration of youth to major urban áreas; the disruption between the education system and labour market and issues related to bodyimage. One of the expressions we hear often from young people we work with is “I am not a creative person.” Using experiential and interactive methods specific to non-formal learning contexts and through exchanges of best practices, we intend to guide the youth workers on this journey of creativity, to learn how they can fuel their creativity, what are the barriers to innovation and how to help young people think outside the box.

Results:

In the last days of the training course, the youth workers were actively involved in designing a collection of 34 educational videos connected in a Massive Open Online Course “Creative thinking in youthwork”.

The course is available for free on learning.monomyths.ro and is dedicated to youth workers, Young people and educators interested to explore concrete ways and tools to actívate their creativity.

The online course contains thefollowing chapters:

Chapter 1: Introduction in Creativity

Chapter 2: CreativityActivators

Chapter 3: CreativeEnvironment

Chapter 4: Creativity Tools

 

Link: https://learning.monomyths.ro/?fbclid=IwAR2UfqRpOBitbesrsuTcqaJX_J6YpyjyO-BvtZIkGKCdEy9wIN5XJhOc138

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