BEST Institute for vocational training and personal training GmbH
May 2021

Press release – Project APEL

We are pleased to share with you the handbook produced as part of the international project APEL – Active Youth Participation through Empowered Leadership, in which BEST is active partner within the EU programme Erasmus+, KA2 Strategic Partnerships in the field of Youth.

Our manual is available!

The objective of the publication is to support youth workers in providing empowerment training to current and future youth leaders. Youth workers using current methodology will have access to two strands of know-how:

  • Theoretical (informational): the methodology provides a synthesis of several recent concepts in the field of leadership development and summary of the findings of partnership research in Slovenia, Bulgaria, Austria and Netherlands.
  • Practical (experiential): following each theoretical part, there are practical activities that can be implemented in training or used separately as support activities to other trainings.

The manual contains six main chapters addressing different topics, such as Empowering Youth Leadership, Fostering Self-Awareness, Fostering Systems Awareness, Enhancing Active Listening, Nurturing Creative Experimentation and Boosting Proactivity. Each of the subchapters is designed to provide a short theoretical overview of the topic in the beginning, followed by concrete practical activities to be implemented in training. Each of the activities is written in the same format with the aim of making the activity user-friendly and concrete with instructions on its implementation. For youth workers it is of a value, that each activity description provides a list of competencies that the activity is addressing. Moreover, the activities descriptions provide information on concrete goals of the activity, conditions to be meet for a successful implementation, estimated time of the activity, concrete steps of the implementation process as well as risk and recommendations for trainers and resources for further reading.

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