Title Re-Chance. Raising employment chances of social disadvantaged people
Project Number LLP-LDV-TOI-09-AT-0006
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Young people from disadvantaged families have lower chances of social, cultural and labour market integration. Their chances even lessened in many European countries in the last years.
The project RE-Chance addressed young people from disadvantaged families, young delinquents and young people with migration background in the partner countries Austria, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Portugal, Italy and the Czech Republic.
The projects' aim was helping these young people developing their social skill through different workshop modules and outdoor activities.
Counselling parents, teachers and youth workers in possibilities how to improve social skills was a further important aspect of the project.
The project developed a very useful guidebook for assessing and developing social competences based on the project's experiences which adresses teachers and trainers in VET and youth counsellors / workers. The guidebook is available for download in the section products.
Summary In Austria and partner counties Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Bulgaria and Portugal there are large numbers of unemployed young people on the brink of social exclusion and poverty. Many of these young people come from groups who are already disadvantaged in the labour market, e.g. those with a family history of intergenerational unemployment, lower parental education, welfare dependency or from migrations/minority backgrounds. These factors can significantly impair a young person's ability to engage with the community, learning and work, thus perpetuating social and economic problems. There is a significant amount of evidence supporting the conclusion that the expectancies that parents, teachers and society bring with them regarding students’ ability and achievement can impact their outcomes. Their confidence in their own ability may be damaged. In order to break the vicious circle of demotivation, social exclusion and poverty, the project aimed to raise employment chances of young people based on a holistic approach: overcome personal barriers; identify and build on their strengths, develop self esteem; improve their social and interpersonal skills; build confidence in their ability to learn, and make a successful transition to independent living, education and training or work. The reference groups in young peoples` circle were also to be addressed. The partners developed a whole set of methods and materials for developing and assessing social skills with young people and produced a very useful guidebook for teachers and trainers in VET based on the projects' experiences. The developed and implemented products also include a curriculum for a train-the-trainer seminar, an assessment portofolio, an extensive outdoor module and transferred tools of the predecessor project SOCO-VET. The products are available for download on this database.
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