Inspiring learning for a fairer future

Start the Change for Youth Workers

Are you passionate about supporting young people to take action for a better world? In Scotland's Year of Young People we are looking for enthusiastic youth workers to be part of our exciting new transformative EU global citizenship project on issues around migration and inequality - Start the Change.

Why Start the Change now?
Young people are growing up in a world that is changing almost as fast as they are. Our interconnected and interdependent world brings huge opportunities, but it also brings challenges such as conflict, inequality and environmental degradation.  Global youth work offers young people the opportunity to take part in activities which develop the necessary skills, values and attitudes to engage effectively with the opportunities and challenges our globalised world brings and to have a voice in shaping a fairer, more sustainable future.

Aims of the project
Working with youth groups and schools across 11 European countries, Start the Change aims to empower youth workers, young people, teachers and pupils to explore, debate and take action on local and global issues. Focussing on the links between the UN Sustainable Development Goals, inequality and migration, the project aims to develop a model of active global citizenship for young people.

The project involves training and mentoring for youth workers and teachers, support for working with young people, resource development and networking across Europe.

Training sessions will take place over two Saturdays- in Inverness 24th November and 8th December 2018 and in Aberdeen on 12th and 26th January 2019.

Learning Outcomes for Start the Change Training Course

By the end of the 2 day training you will have:
• Explored what is meant by Global Citizenship Education
• Learned about the Start the Change Project and the project outcomes
• Explored the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the links between migration and inequality
• Considered the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes young people need in order to be active global citizens
• Explored your own values, assumptions and cultural bias
• Considered and taken part in a number of participative approaches to delivering global citizenship activities
• Developed an understanding of the process of service learning as a methodology for engaging young people in educational projects which serve the community
• Explored the power of story-telling and ICT as tools for awareness raising and social change
• Looked at how you might develop and deliver project activities in your own youth work setting

We can support you in your youth work setting to engage with young people who are interested in these issues and want to take positive action e.g. from making their youth group more welcoming and inclusive for new arrivals from different cultures, to campaigning on human rights issues or engaging in some of the wider global issues that cause migration, like climate change.

Support and mentoring will be provided as regards resources and themes for activities for the project. A budget of 500 Euros is available to each youth group to organise an event in their community in support of the project aims.

Get involved

If you or your youth group are interested in being part of Start the Change, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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