SPIRAL – principles for sustainable youth development rooted in Nature
SPIRAL is a project that should offer individual development to young people (especially disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups – in particular those with early school leaving, mental health problems, minorities, at risk of radicalization, etc.). ; To strengthen mental health and to achieve sustainable professional and life outcomes. This is the best option for presenting an innovative model unique to the field of youth work based on natural methods, self-discovery activities and psychological approaches.
THE AIM OF THE PROJECT:
To increase the capacity of youth workers to achieve sustainable individual development for young people in order to reduce behavioral, psychological and health problems (educational difficulties, early school drop, mental health issues, social exclusion, radicalization, etc.), by use of a innovative approach, combining nature-based methods, cognitive and somatic (physical) activities and developmental psychology.
- Developing a shared understanding of the developmental needs of disadvantaged and hard-to-reach young people (educational problems, early school leaving, mental health problems, minorities, etc.);
- Developing competences that enable youth workers to support young people in complex personal situations, thus revealing their full potential;
- Practicing by participants nature-based methods, cognitive and somatic (physical) practices and psychological techniques for the individual development of young people for the purpose of social inclusion and realization;
- Creating an environment for development of core values that youth workers can support with their target groups: support, unity, respect, empathy, inclusion and acceptance;
- Developing by youth workers practical sessions based on the integrated approach presented and adapted to the specific target groups and the local community.
SPIRAL focuses on 8 basic needs for psychological development of young people who are not sufficiently covered in today’s society. With this project, we would like to invite youth workers from different European countries to develop competences for implementing methods to address these needs among young people; to support their individual development for social inclusion and realization, and to provide prevention against many behavioral, psychological and health disorders (educational problems, early school leaving, mental health problems, social exclusion, radicalization, etc.).
The project targets professionals in the field of personal development (trainers, youth workers, social workers, mentors, teachers and youth counselors). Those who actively work on topics related to individual development, youth unemployment / employment, social inclusion, developing specific competences in young people, etc.