Name:

Reflections on Future

Program: Erasmus+, KA2 – Small Partnerships in the field of youth, financed from the European Union

Leader: Future Generation Europe – Slovakia

Partner: Association Reflections on Europe

Duration: September 2023 – December 2024

Objective:

The main objective of the project is to increase the level of skills and knowledge among the representatives of the partner organisations in the identified topics and to enhance their personal and professional development, as well as the overall quality development of the activities of both organisations.
This will be achieved through the implementation of professional training/courses (hereinafter referred to as “TC – Training Courses”) by external trainers for representatives of Future Generation Europe(hereinafter referred to as “FGE”) and Stowarzyszenie Rozprawy o Europie- Association Reflections on Europe (hereinafter referred to as “ROE”) in the areas of Improving Teaching Skills; Improving 21st Century Skills andCross-Cutting Skills; Improving Psychological Resilience and Adaptability. So, to summarise, the goal will be fulfilled through the implementation of training for the participating organisations and their members, through which they will be able to gain new knowledge and skills which they will actively try out in the design of activities for the young people themselves.

Expected project results

About trainings:

The entire project consists of 5 separate training topics:

  1. Leadership and Collaboration – The goal is teamwork, coordination of projects and people, and an overview of skills focused on formal and informal. Online training
  2. Communication and interpersonal skills – The goal is to learn: self-confidence, conflict resolution, effective communication, negotiation, self-confidence and emotional intelligence. January 2024 in Poland
  3. Creative thinking – The aim of the training is to develop creative thinking in young people. February 2024 in Slovakia.
  4. Methods of communication and coping with stress – The goal is to learn methods of coping with difficult situations and building habits that will help strengthen mental resilience. June 2024 in Poland.
  5. Social Media – how to protect your mental health in the growing digital era – The training focuses on effective management methods, various aspects of life and their application in dealing with the impact of the Internet on the psyche. Date to be determined – Slovakia.

Main activities:

  1. Preparatory meeting in Slovakia October 6-8, 2023.
  2. Soft skills training in Poland and Slovakia (1 online + 4 stationary)
  3. 2 training courses (bootcamps) (in Poland) and students (in Slovakia) (June – August 2024)
  4. Summary meeting in Poland

What’s behind us

1. Preparatory meeting in the Slovak town of Štúrovo.

On October 6-8, 2023. Together with our partners from Slovakia, we met to agree on a detailed action plan and the method of communication between the parties. We took part in a lecture where we talked and tested the methods of conducting workshops and training that we will conduct as part of this project.

2. Online workshops on cooperation and being a leader

On October 31, we had the opportunity to take part in the first online workshop. Its topic was cooperation and being a leader. We started with a Q&A with an expert – Marina Majnolovic, who told us about what characterizes a good leader and what he should avoid. She also answered our questions in this area. Then we watched a short presentation about the projects. We learned about the tools and techniques used to organize them. Then we moved to the workshop part. We discussed what a project is, how important it is to prepare a plan and how to divide roles in its organization. We were helped in this by specially prepared worksheets, which we completed and presented on the forum.

3. “Leadership and communication” training in Poland

On January 21-22, a training course organized as part of the “Reflections on Future” project took place. This was our first meeting in Poland.

Together with a team from Slovakia for two days we learned the principles of good and correct communication both with others and with ourselves. On Saturday we learned how to speak to be understood and how to listen to show interest in the other person. Together we came to what is the key to good communication, which resulted in the speeches we prepared. We also underwent self-reflection to see where we ourselves made mistakes and what we could improve.

On Sunday, although we still discussed the same topic, it was from a slightly more personal side. We focused on ourselves, what we have, what we need and what our priorities are in life. We learned how to objectively assess our good and bad sides and how important it is in communication to express emotions (even the negative ones).The whole training was led by our Dominika, and the participants were people from Poland and Slovakia

4. Design Thinking training in Slovakia

On February 23-25, 2024, we participated in a training course on Design Thinking, in Dunajská Streda, Slovakia. The three-day event was led by mentor Adam Brocka, using innovative methods.

The first day of the visit to Slovakia served as an introduction to the training. After arriving in the town of Dunajská Streda, we met our hosts in a conference room where we learned the names of the other participants. We then shared our expectations for the training and received name badges.

The next day we started our hard work first thing in the morning. The first item of the day was the speech of our mentor Adam Brocki, who with a word of introduction introduced himself to us and conducted a short ice breaker. Then the mentor introduced us to the topic of Design Thinking training while explaining what it is about and how it was created. After that, we talked about the characteristics of an active listener, how they behave and why being a listener is important in our daily lives. We learned how to ask questions that properly engage the other person in conversation and at the same time allow us to develop the topic of discussion. Creating new ideas that lead to innovative products wasn’t a challenge either, because we received vital information on how to create new materials that are attractive, needed and meet consumer needs. The knowledge we gained was aimed at facilitating our future work. After gaining theoretical knowledge, we had the opportunity to put it into practice in the first block of workshops, among other things, when working in pairs. We played the role of journalists and consumers to conduct dialogues on fashion. Using the acquired knowledge as journalists, we had to actively listen and skillfully ask questions to be able to define consumer problems. After swapping our roles using one of the Design Thinking , “point of view statement” methods, we searched for and defined a solution to our consumer’s problem. After defining the solution, we had to illustrate it using cards and pens. After completing the tasks, our mentor opened a discussion in which we talked about what helped us achieve our goal.

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After the talks, it was time for a lunch break ending the first block of classes. After resting, we reflected on what services we use every day. After a brief analysis, school was an ideal example as the participants were young people studying in high schools as well as universities. Initially, we defined our problems, frustrations and discomfort with the place where we learn. We used the Design Thinking method – a double diamond thinking about how to design a school/university to be student/student friendly. After defining the solution, we used the method of customer segmentation and value proposition. By dividing into segments such as tasks, pains and goals, we had to arrange questions relating to each of them. In the next steps, the materials were used to interview three people who are struggling with school/university issues. Through analysis in three smaller groups, we looked for solutions to each person’s problems. During the assignment, we had to create a real solution with a monetary and other limitation, which we defined on our own, and a fictional solution with no limitations. After the workshop, Alexander Ćwik together with Bartosz Gawlik interviewed in front of the camera about what they learned during the workshop.

We started the last day with an evaluation and group discussion about what we learned during the training and what we will use in the future. On stick notes we wrote what new at the training should be initiated, what should be continued and completed. We ended the evaluations by filling out a Google questionnaire constituting feedback from the training.

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