24 European youth workers from 8 not-for-profit organisations have explored during a 7 days training course in Romania how to engage youth generation at workplace through talent management and inner leadership. The training course is part of the 8 months project You(th)nique, organized by Monomyths Association and its European partners and it is funded through Erasmus+ Programme.

Between November 20-27 2017, representatives of eight not-for-profit organizations from Poland, Italy, Belgium, Estonia, Lithuania, Croatia, Spain and Romania discovered under the guidance of the trainers Dominique Verschuren (Belgium) and Corina Seler (Romania) how applying the concepts of inner leadership and talent management in their daily work with young people can help them discover their values, talents and how to manage them in order to get employed or to create a new startup based on these talents. The trainers approach is connected more with “knowing yourself” than “selling yourself”.

The project You(th)nique” started in August 2017 and will end up in March 2018, after the participants will be involved in a bespoke and life-changing experience and they will test themselves the methods, the talent management flow, and also how to use all the know-how achieved in their organization. Therefore, besides two training courses, they will receive from the sending organization and from the team of trainers mentoring to implement various good actions for their beneficiaries and community.

“You(th)nique project represents for us a great learning environment for youth workers that work with NEETs from all around Europe. In a dynamic labor market, it is important that the young people becomes aware of their talents and strengths and coordinate them with the skills required by the private companies. We want to empower the youth workers and share with them the proper tools that can help them on a daily basis and also how to use at full-capacity the capacity of their team members and their volunteers in order to meet the young people’s expectations”, said Emilia Radu, project manager of the project.

The first training course is characterized by highly participatory, interactive and experiential methods based on non-formal education. During one week, the participants explored how to find “their elements”, how to activate their curiosity and their creativity and how they can develop their inner leadership and plan their future actions for the community. Between December and February, the 24 participants will turn their know-how into good actions, so they can enrich their working environment and have a positive impact in the community.

“This training in Romania gave me a totally different perspective on my life and I plan on making a change! I want to thank everyone who was part of this amazing journey, we will continue this journey in February”, said Karolina Lohmus, one of the participants.

The project You(th)nique is funded through Erasmus+ Programme, the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-20201. Education, training, youth and sport can make a major contribution to help tackle socio-economic changes, the key challenges that Europe will be facing until the end of the decade. The project is implemented by Monomyths Association, based in Bucharest, with the support of its partners: JOETZ vzw (Belgium), Unique projects (Lithuania), GALERÍA ALTERNATIVA (Spain), COMITATO GEMELLAGGI (Italy), IDA Croatia (Croatia), SEIKLEJATE VENNASKOND (Estonia), Institute of animation and social development (Poland)