Across Europe, marginalized youths find it difficult to become part of the general community. They often fall from the youth education programs and are not part of the ordinary youth community. Experience indicates that AcroYoga has great potential. Because the method is new, a European experience and knowledge building programme will bring great value and in the long run contribute to lifting even more young people out of exclusion.
We, as AcroYoga professionals have seen firsthand that the physical activity, the trust and the cooperation inherent to AcroYoga make it an excellent method to help young people, from all walks of life, develop the skills they need to lead socially fulfilling lives and to build relationships and eventually communities. In order to propagate this knowledge and give our teachers more skills to be effective in our profession, we will gather our experts, experiences and resources at this training to learn to be socially inclusive and responsible when teaching AcroYoga to our vulnerable young people.
The training course is designed for certified AcroYoga teachers across Europe who want to be effective and competent in using AcroYoga. The training will focus on providing teachers tools to teach AcroYoga to youth with special needs or who are in precarious situations, such as youth refugees or youth in prisons or detention centers.
VISION AND PURPOSE
1. Social inclusion: to develop concrete methods to promote social inclusion for all youth, regardless of their socio-economic-cultural status.
2. Support vulnerable young people: to develop basic skills and key competencies, especially in relation to their social and personal development, and in their participation in civil and societal life.
3. Greater diversity understanding: to promote respect for social, ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity.
4. Develop and strengthen the network of AcroYoga teachers/educators in Europe: to enable the sharing of practices and information pertinent to providing a high-quality, inclusive teaching environment.
5. To develop teaching tools to improve social youth work: to create concrete teaching activities in a manual or online resource to be shared with participants post event.
We trust that through the refinement of AcroYoga programs across Europe young people will have increased access to learn:
- To work in partnership toward a shared goal
- To consider the needs of the other
- To communicate their own needs clearly
- To feel part of a group/community
- To touch platonically and with consent
- To support others in their goals and aspirations
- To treat others with respect and kindness
- To enjoy physical activity and movement
- To be creative and artistic
- To be active participants
We plan to organise a special training course designed for 10 Acroyoga organisations across Europe who want to use AcroYoga as a tool for social inclusion competently and effectively. These 10 organisations will bring together 50 AcroYoga teachers and social workers to participate in the training course.
After the training all the 10 organisations have made a commitment to making local youth projects aiming at social inclusion.
To create a dissemination of the project results, all the local projects and all the 50 participants in the training course will make an inclusion campaign on social media about the project, promoting results and ERASMUS program.
This training course allows participants to develop their skills in youth work by using engaging techniques and reflective methods in order to resolve dilemmas often appearing in youth work and create a safe and positive learning environment. Participants will also learn how to teach marginalized young people in a very respectful and playful way. All the skills and competencies’ that will be improved during the training course are applicable to youth work.
The impact intention is:
- The training course will create a quality improvement of acroyoga youth work and workers, equipped for teaching young people with disabilities and in precarious situations.
- The 10 local projects will support young people in developing basic life skills like trust in themselves and trust in others, improved ability to collaborate and a stronger sense of belonging to a community.