STORY MAKERS – Many Voices Many Lives
Duration: 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2022
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, London UK, www.lbhf.gov.uk
- BIELSKIE STOWARZYSZENIE ARTYSTYCZNE “TEATR GRODZKI”, Bielsko-Biała, Poland, www.teatrgrodzki.pl
- UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA, Lisbon, Portugal, www.ulisboa.pt
- SYNTHESIS CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION LIMITED, Lefkosia, Cyprus, www.synthesis-center.com
The main goal of the project is to develop materials that enable youth workers to use the power of story-making to engage and work with socially excluded young people, equipping them with resilience, confidence, self-esteem and life skills. It aims to foster the inclusion and employability of young people with fewer opportunities, through the promotion of quality youth work.
The project has been designed in the context of increasing concern about the growing gap between young people who engage in social, civic and cultural life and are confident about finding a job, and those with little hope of leading a fulfilling life, and risk exclusion and marginalisation.
The project will engage and support 50 youth workers and 600 disadvantaged young people aged 14-25. Most will be NEET or at risk of NEET, with backgrounds of school exclusion, substance abuse, youth with special educational needs and mental health problems, and youth from migrant background and/or refugees, ’looked after’ children from children’s homes and all those who face particular barriers to engagement, such as mental and physical health and complex behavioral issues.
- Elaboration of a story-making manual for youth workers
The partnership will elaborate, trial and adapt a manual, containing materials for targeting those working with socially excluded young people through story-making. It will cover different means of making and telling stories, including largely visual means, and using theatre and digital means of story-making. The manual will guide youth workers in the principles of delivering the project to at risk young people.
- Development of an E-learning portal
The content of the portal will be based on the manual. The partners will incorporate best practice in online learning, so that while the learning objective remains the same (or similar) the user interface and experience can be radically different. In addition to the content developed for the manual, a new material will be also developed for the portal to ensure a high level of user interaction and learning consolidation. It will include interactive scenarios that will enable the users to carry out real-world simulations, as well as tests, selfstudy and quizzes to determine the knowledge retained.
- Pilot implementation of story-making practices
Following development of educational materials, the partnership will trial them on youth workers and young people in all partnership countries. The maximum transferability of materials between countries will be ensured, by trialing in one country, materials developed in another. All partners will evaluate the testing phase and adapt materials in the light of the evaluation.
A number of actions will be undertaken to widely disseminate project findings and results and to influence end-users to access and use the story-making in their work. In particular, four multiplier events will be held (one in each partner country attended by at least 100 local, regional and/or national stakeholders) and twelve dissemination activities – practical workshops giving an insight into the project methodology.
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