PAClife Training of Trainers: getting ready for the piloting of the course!

Monday 21 June 2021

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One of the Paclife project’s main goals is to build resilience among disadvantaged and migrant young people and to support them through the development and piloting of a physical and cultural activity programme designed to help them acquire essential life skills in order to cope with and adapt to new situations and improve their life, and those of their family, friends and community.

The three-day training of trainers in the field of education designed by the PAClife partnership ended last week, bringing together various participants with relevant background from all partner countries.

The training took place on 19th May and on 7th and 14th June and was entirely held online due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Nevertheless, it has represented a paramount opportunity to introduce the trainers to the partnership and introduce them to the PAClife methodology.

In order to make young people more aware of their potentialities and help them to grow as active and responsible citizens, PAClife delivered the Physical and Cultural Activity Training Programme which has been based on the development of the 5 competences (5 Cs) identified within the framework of the Positive Youth Development (PYD), namely “competence, confidence, connection, character, & caring”.

Far from being a limit to participants’ full engagement, the online delivery of the training course not only provided them with all the essential information and advice on how to implement the activities with this specific target group, taking into account the best ways to enhance the active participation of disadvantaged youth, but also enabled them to have a first-hand experience of the flexibility of the training activities suggested, putting themselves in the shoes of their target group and, therefore, gaining a better understanding of the programme and its future positive effects on youth.

Now participants are getting ready to seize the opportunity to pilot locally the PAClife methodology with disadvantaged youth and to later involve and support themin undertaking volunteering opportunities with other children in their local community, thus helping young people develop social, cultural and emotional attachments with their environments and, therefore, promoting their positive adaptation and social cohesion. The course provided youth workers with a training tool to empower young people and help them acquire and develop life skills which will build their resilience, and improve their inclusion in society and their employability. 

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Working on potential and self-esteem to support active and responsible citizenship

Wednesday 25 November 2020

2020 has been a unique year for everybody, especially for young people.  Thousands of girls and boys have had to adapt to the great changes that have affected their lives and which have represented a source of considerable stress. However, 2021 is just around the corner, along with many opportunities and the desire to start over, beginning from themselves.

In this context, the partnership of the Paclife project aims to respond to a number of important questions that concern young people, especially the most disadvantaged ones. The most important of them is probably the following: what are the resources that a young person has and which of these can promote their positive development?

In order to meet the need to make young people more aware of their potentialities and to increase their self-esteem so as to become active and responsible citizens, Paclife has prepared a Program of Physical and Cultural Activities based on the development of the five basic skills (5 Cs) identified within the framework of the Positive Youth Development (PYD), namely “competence, confidence, connection, character, & caring“. The development of such skills forms the basis of the training programme which will be tested in 2021 with youth workers and which will take place in the United Kingdom.

The course aims to provide youth workers with a training….

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Resilience and adaptation: how can we help young people acquire these skills?

Friday 20 March 2020

The growing path youth have to walk through has never been easy for anybody: the world around them changes quickly and their inner world is changing fast, too! Furthermore, some of them are also facing some cultural and social issues and this claims for an action to strengthen their resilience to help them growing as active, responsible and happy citizens.

On February 3rd and 4th, during the kick off meeting of PAClife project (co-funded by Erasmus+ programme), project partners have first met in Cheltenham (UK) to define the guidelines and the main objective the project aims to achieve in the next two years: building resilience among low-skilled and low-qualified migrant and disadvantaged young people so as to help them adapting to new and possibly hard situations. Hence, the development of some life skills has been regarded as fundamental to gain independence and face with positivity the challenges young people face every day in their personal growth path.

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