As beginning. These included (1) preliminary task-division, and responsibilities

 

As the partner organisations are already well known, preparatory meetings with partners have been already done face-to-face (in private meetings in Kaunas), video conferences through Skype, e-mail, phone and social networks. During these meetings all the partners were involved in the planning of CO, its key activities and budget, as well as the application itself.

 

Apart from the mandates, during the meetings, preliminary partnership agreements were already signed among all the partners in order to ensure strong partnership from the very beginning. These included (1) preliminary task-division, and responsibilities of each partner throughout the project; (2) key rules of the project implementation, result dissemination; (3) internal communication plan, and basis for further decision-making; (4) budget allocation and other financial issues; (5) key safety measures to be taken throughout the project activities.

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Furthermore, possible venues (for accommodation and catering) in Riga, Kaunas and X country that will be needed for key project activities and meetings have already been proposed by each of the partners. Other possible partners that would join during the key project activities have also been discussed (social entrepreneurs, youth centres, universities, travel agencies, transportation companies, etc.).

 

If the project is approved, further preparatory meetings will be held online via similar means, as well as face to face (described before). Key things would be discussed again, and the kick-off meeting (1st meeting, Kaunas, Lithuania, X date) would be planed. Before this meeting we would also:

 

– Prepare for contracting with the National Agency and check the preliminary contracts again with the partners (if needed – correct and sign them again);

– Further analyse and compare the activities in partner countries that could complement our project (prior researches done on the topic, young offenders actions and available methodologies, competitions, workshops, social campaigns etc.);

– Start search for volunteers willing to help throughout the project (database of possible contacts in each of the country would be made);

– Fine-tune the plans outlined in the proposal (management, evaluation, dissemination). Prepare detailed documents for consultations and approval at the kick-off meeting;

– Start setting-up the tools needed for dissemination of the project results online (Facebook page, Instagram, Youtube Channel, etc.).

 

During the Kick-Off Meeting all the key arrangements would be made: (1) setting up management structure and planning internal communication scheme to ensure effective collaboration throughout the project; (2) clarification of financial/administration issues in Erasmus+ to ensure appropriate use of funds; (3) adoption of management, evaluation and dissemination plans, branding strategy (guidelines for logo, brand book); (4) preparation for the research phase; (5) setting up quality board to monitor the progress and quality of the project activities and outcomes. In addition, preliminary agreements signed with the partners would be corrected (if any changes would be needed) and signed again.

 

Multiplier event:

 

This multiplier event will follow the creation of CO’s programme/methodology to involve young offenders into youth work (IO1). Its intent will be to promote & inform about the methodology and its pilot programme to the target groups in Lithuania.
Multiplier event will be organised by AJ. Yet, Kaunas Juvenile Remand Prison-Correction House will help with the coordination of young offenders. Key target groups 1) youth workers, and 2) young offenders (..). It is expected that event’s promotion will help to attract around 25-30 of local participants. The event will require prior-registration for youth workers and youth.
In order to the following reasons the event will be held in Kaunas Juvenile Remand Prison-Correction House:1) Young offenders are still convicted and not able to get outside the Juvenile Remand Prison-Correction House;2) Its own a conference hall with the capacity of 25-30 people;3) The conference hall equipped with facilities to present digital resources (internet access, computers, projectors);4) Offering (inside) catering facilities needed for a full day long event.
Main objectives of the multiplier event will be to: 1) promote the pilot programme of CO across the target groups; 2) match the youth workers & young offenders willing together and take part in the programme; 3) set up (preliminary) agreements with those willing and able to participate.
To accomplish these, the event’s schedule is given in detail below. Its planned length is 8-9 hours.

(09:00 – 09:20) – Introduction to the project, its partner organisations and what has been done so far. Emphasis will be put on the carried out research and the need for such a programme;(09:30 – 10:30) – Presenting the plan for CO’s pilot programme. Detailing the designed events/workshops benefits for youth and young offenders;(10:40 – 11:10) – Technical/financial aspects of the pilot programme;(11:10 – 12:00) – Participating young offenders presenting their background and experience;(12:00 – 13:00) – Lunch break;

(13:00 – 13:50 – Examination of behaviour providing the tools to cope it more effectively in difficult circumstances. Examples include anger management, interacting with peer groups and anti-social behaviour (bullying, etc.). Youth workers will be also included in this activity to increase their competence managing such a behaviour.

(13:50 – 14:50) – Matching session: bringing young offenders & youth workers together based on their shared interests, ideas for work, etc.;(14:50 – 15:50) – Workshops; young offenders in youth work (will be designed during the CO’s staff training event held before (.. date);(15:50 – 16:30) – Planning further work together: matched teams of young offenders & youth workers will plan further activities on how they could work with youth in joint setting; give-away of CO’s information/educational materials created (such a paper-brochures, reports, etc.) presenting CO’s website (its resources/tips section);(16:30 – 17:00) – Distributing farewell packages (with information for further steps, such as registration for the pilot programme, and its sample participation-agreements); explaining the participation agreements;(17:00 – 17:30) – Reflections and exit-surveys to the participants (asking about their experience/satisfaction; ideas/improvements for the pilot programme).
The planned impact is threefold:-Information about CO’s pilot programme (as well as created resources) will be spread to relevant target groups in the country. Furthermore, these groups would be brought together;-Valuable feedback from the participants will be acquired; thence possibly further improving the pilot programme;-Contacts with both youth workers will be made (with communication continuing well after the event). Contacts with young offenders will be controlled under Kaunas Juvenile Remand Prison-Correction House workers. Some of these (either alone or in matched pairs) are expected to sign the participation agreements and become a part of CO’s pilot programme.
All in all, the multiplier event is essential for the success of our project.

 

Staff training:

 

One short-term joint staff training event (further: training event or training) will be organised in Kaunas, Lithuania. The training is designed for youth workers (5 / country) and young ex-offenders’ representatives (1 / country) from Lithuania and X country. After the training, the participants will act as ambassadors of young offenders integration into youth work in their countries; thus, helping in further activities a lot.
This training event would be build on top of the results of the research carried out during the 1st phase of the project (month 1-3). The main goal of the event would be two sided: (1) analyse the findings of the aforementioned research, and create strategic pillars for the pilot programme of CO; (2) acquire necessary skills, competences and insights required for working with and along young offenders (for young offenders this would go the other way around). Training will be based on principles of non-formal education (NFE).
First of all, the research findings would be analysed from the youth workers’ & young offenders’ perspective. They would together discuss how it could be incorporated into the reality of youth work. Thirdly, they would come up with simulations & possible scenarios of how such cooperation might play out. In the end, the reflections and ideas of the participants would be documented into strategic pillars for the pilot programme of CO.
These pillars will further build upon findings of the research. The following will be regarded: 1) how to best involve young offenders into youth work; 2) how to avoid cultural clashes; 3) how to make such cooperation enjoyable for all the parties involved; and 4) how to use this for young offenders’ integration.
This is really important for the CO project’s further implementation. The organisers need to have the feedback & guidance from the people, who engage in youth work. They will rely on it when preparing the pilot programme (dates).
Second side of the training is about gaining necessary skills and competences for the pilot programme (date). For instance, young ex-offenders’ representatives as well as invited guest experts will provide much on inside Juvenile Remand Prison-Correction House. Focus will be put on practice, so as to avoid possible behavior clashes later. The participating young ex-offenders on their part will get the idea of how NFE activities look like.
The need for training event comes from the fact that its setting is quite different from that of a transnational meeting. It allows relevant (and related) people to come together, train and brainstorm. It not only helps the further phases of the project, but also will benefit the participants. The activities (listed in the further section) will be designed with the intent of requiring and fostering teamwork and the creativity of everyone involved. This way the participants will: 1) acquire the specific skills & competencies necessary for CO; 2) learn how to better express themselves, work in a team, etc.; and 3) refresh their working methods. All of which will help them to grow professionally.
To sum up, the training event will not only give skills & competencies required for the further implementation of the project, but also contribute to the research done before. Therefore, this added value is immensely important to the achievement of the CO project objectives.

Activities:

 

Staff training event will be organised in Kaunas, Lithuania. Its action will be 5 days long and will take place on Xth or the Xth month of CO (will be determined by the project’s management team during the Kick-off meeting.) The training is designed for youth workers (5 / country) and young ex-offenders’ representatives (1 / country) from Lithuania and X country. After the training, the participants will act as ambassadors of young offenders re-integration into youth work in their countries; thus, helping in further activities a lot.

This training event would be build on top of the results of the first part of the research carried out during 1-3 months of the project. The main goal of the event would be two sided: (1) analyse the findings of the aforementioned research, and create strategic pillars for the pilot programme of CO; (2) acquire necessary skills, competences and insights required for working with and along young offenders (for young ex-offenders this would go the other way around). Training will be based on principles of non-formal education (NFE).

The training event’s schedule is described in detail below:

After short introduction and ice-breaking, the first two days will be designed to: 1) understand, analyse and discuss the findings of the 1st part of the research of CO; 2) come up with methods to simulate the youth worker-young offenders’ cooperation. The following activities will be used:

–        Short team-building activities to eliminate social obstacles;

–        Interactive info session on the key findings of the 1stpart of the research carried out;

–        Workshop on youth work in a such an environment;

–        “Word-café” non-formal discussions on the matter;

–      Workshop to create working methods that involves young offenders to youth work (to be simulated during the 3rd day);

–        Workshop on wider young offenders’ re-integration to the local communities;

–        X, X and Lithuanian cultural evenings.

During the third day, training will mainly concern putting theory into practice through NFE methods. This will also help youth workers and ex-offenders to understand how to work with youth better. The planned activities:

–        Creativity session on young offenders’ work with youth;

–        Role-plays for young ex-offenders and youth workers to better understand each other;

–        Simulations of the created working methods;

–      Movies afternoon. Short movies and videos about youth criminality and social exclusion will be shown

Fourth day will focus on acquiring the skills & competences necessary for further major activities of CO:

–    Experts with young offenders’ work experience will provide their insights (representatives of Kaunas Juvenile Remand Prison-Correction);

–     Visit Kaunas Juvenile Remand Prison-Correction;

–   Short social theatre: showing the issues related to the topic (exclusion, stigma etc.) in groups; followed by discussions;

Fifth day will sum up what was done & concentrate on further activity planning:

–        Laying the strategic pillars/fundamentals for the pilot programme of CO to be launched afterwards. Making a report on that;

–        Planning result dissemination activities and distributing tasks for further work;

–        Making individual roadmaps (short-term goals, long-run objectives);

–        Signing participation-agreements to take part in the pilot programme (date).

–        Filming special testimonials that would be used to attract more youth workers and youth to participate in CO activities.

Each day reflections, evaluation and feedback activities will also be made for the participants to better understand the things learnt, and for the trainers to navigate project activities if needed.

All in all, the training is designed to contribute to the wider effort of CO, create the starting pillars of young offenders integration into youth work, as well as foster the relevant competences & skills of the youth workers involved.

 

The key instrument to be used in the training event is Youthpass, which will help to recognise non-formal education learning outcomes. Personalised Youthpasses will be delivered to every participant. On its part, the organising team will present and distribute information packages about Youthpass. The Key Competences for Lifelong Learning of Youthpass and how the instrument may be used throughout different projects will be presented.

 

Self-evaluation in the framework of the key competences will be made during the reflections of the training. It will include what the participants were doing, what were their feelings, and what they have learned, which will then be put on their individual Youthpasses. The host organization (AJ) will be responsible for the preparation of Youthpass certificates (in English), while the participants will add the supplement of learning outcomes themselves. It is worth noting that the whole Youthpass usage process depends on the participants’ ideas, motivation and creativity. Online versions (and paper versions if needed) will be provided to everyone involved. If possible, Europass Mobility Document would also be provided along with the Youthpasses, following the same procedure.

 

Regarding other European instruments, every participant willing to join the staff training event will have to prepare his/her Europass documents for the application (CV; European Skills Passport; Language Passport). Partner organizations from each country will be responsible for assessing these documents during the application process so that priority would be given to those with the most motivation and relevant background/knowledge.

 

In addition, the use of all these European instruments will be promoted not only to the participants of the training event, but also to the participants of other TRY activities by stating their benefits, uniformity and recognition across the whole EU through social media.

 

Impact

First of all, the biggest impact of the project is intended for all of its participants (youth, youth workers and young offenders involved in the key activities):

 

– Youth will develop in a different social groups context, thus, increase their (1) tolerance for different people of different social status, as well as (2) learn about the reasons of youth delinquency. They will (3) better understand the needs and issues that young offenders face and learn how to contribute to their faster re-integration back into society. In addition, youth will (4) enhance youth’s awareness on the impact of crime on communities and families. It will also (5) raise the qualifications and competences of youth workers, who could work together with young offenders and also,(6) increase their competences regarding social initiatives, gain valuable tips, support and mentoring and possibly put their ideas into practice (through the youth contest) and finally, (7) develop or strengthen right attitude towards youth delinquency.

 

– Youth workers will (1) learn how to integrate young offenders in their work with youth and, thus, the society in general, as well as be more motivated to do so. Most importantly, youth workers will learn how to (2) reveal and develop the potential of young offenders. They will also get a chance to (3) extend their social networks and polish their ideas and working methods by communicating/working with like-minded people. All of this will (4) increase the competences of youth workers, especially those willing to try work in specific social groups.

 

– Young offenders will (1) learn how to work with the youth for easier re-integration back to society. By doing so they will (2) improve their competences and skills as well as would (3) be introduced to European values of tolerance, equality, peace, individual freedom, respect for other cultures/sexes, solidarity and democracy. Therefore, they will (4) re-integrate back into societies easier. By revealing their potential and real competences, we expect to (5) enhance their intention to participate in youth activities and (6) inspire them to work for their future in prosperous Europe.

 

The participating organizations will:

– develop attractive and innovative methods to work with young offenders and youth;

– learn how to run long-term projects and activities (such as youth contest, international competitions) as well as small scale frequent events (such as those in pilot programme);

– get new initiatives to work on after the project (making a package of social advertisement);

– extend their range of contacts in local/regional communities and further on the European level;

– give new professional development opportunities for their staff through collaborative work with other European partners and the juveniles;

– grow internationally, which will increase their capacities of reaching their objectives of youth development and young offenders re-integration back into society.

 

The main target groups of the project will also be impacted a lot:

 

– Youth willing to develop their skills in a different social environment and help young offenders will be able to do so with the help of the project resources. They could either: 1) take part in CO’s pilot programme or contact the implementing organisations; 2) ask the local youth workers for similar events; 3) start such initiative themselves (as CO’s resources/contest section would make that much easier). Besides, young people across Europe will learn more about youth delinquency and their re-integration, and will be more motivated to work with them & their potential.

– Other youth organisations in X country, Lithuania and Latvia (and later on across Europe) will be able to use the methodologies created during the project to involve young offenders in their youth work. Likewise, youth workers could get the idea of what is needed with the help of developed standards for such work.

– Young offenders (those not participating in the project) will have more chances to integrate within the local communities, since more (youth) organisations are expected to implement CO’s methodology.

 

Similarly, the results are expected to reach and benefit other relevant (wider) audiences and stakeholders. Media will have a more positive narrative on the young offenders and their re-integration into the societies of Europe. General public’s opinion on young offenders and their re-integration is expected to be positively impacted, which could subsequently inspire policy makers to create clearer, more favourable conditions for young offenders re-integration in Europe.

 

 

Assessment of impacts will be a part of ongoing project monitoring and evaluation that will be based on the following quantitative indicators and quality standards (they are also to some extent described in part E of the application):

 

Participants (i.e. youth workers, young offenders and youth) of the project will evaluate their experiences during the project via feedback forms. These will consist of specific questions to all segments of participants (which will help to evaluate gained knowledge, learned experiences and a possibility to use that in/with other projects in the future). At the same time, the forms will reveal how well organisations are integrating young offenders to their youth work.

 

In addition, we will rely on extensive interviews with- and questionnaires for Kaunas Juvenile Remand Prison-Correction House, young offenders, youth and youth workers (not only those participating in the project) in order to: 1) get more profound data on how the activities of the project are beneficial to young offenders re-integration back into society; and 2) what could be adjusted to make it more efficient & effective. This will also allow us to understand how the project is seen in local, regional and national levels and how it impacts the target groups.

 

In addition, quantitative indicators will be of paramount importance. Together with all the partners, we will measure the approximate number (exact where possible) of people reached by online and print media, social media and other channels where the resources of the project would be shared. The project website’s data/indicators will also help to assess how attractive the project resources and ideas are to the wider public.

 

In the long term, we will be able to assess whether- and how the general public opinion on youth delinquency has changed. The indicator for this will be inclusion of young offenders to youth work, as well as other community and educational activities based on CO’s or similar methodology. Lastly, the overall media narrative (whether it is becoming more positive) on this issue will be inspected and rated as well.

 

It is believed that all of this will measure the impact of result dissemination to the target audiences at local, regional, national and European levels. Further ideas on how to measure these will be developed by all the partners once the actual result dissemination is launched.

 

 

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