If you don’t exactly know what they consist of but you are interested in concepts like Engagement, Inclusion, Youth local participation and Global Citizenship Education.
RISIV is all about it
The main purpose is to provide a model of social inclusion through a design and testing process which will produce guidance and support material for youth workers and young people. RISIV will offer a variety of didactical tools so they can be active agents of their own volunteering projects for social impact. The project´s results will be obtained during a period of 24 months, between March 2021 and February 2023.
Youth workers can be the ones who actively plan, implement and evaluate their projects always keeping in mind the values of volunteering and community service. RISIV will try to enhance this objective by creating ‘task teams’ of youth leaders and volunteers, who will learn by doing. They will implement their own social impact projects (SIPs) and the results will be transnational. Having a perspective from different countries will be an enriching aspect within the overarching scheme of promoting the same values and pursuing the same objective: offering learning and development opportunities for youth workers and leaders and for the corresponding communities they will work with.
Making a good social impact might be difficult if one lacks a network that also wants to engage with the project. Therefore the involvement of different community members and stakeholders will be essential in the implementation of SIPs and extremely interesting to see how young people come together to address a local problem.
The core idea which stands behind SIPs is “that people are willing to participate to help others in need in their communities; and that there is value and benefit from learning about social issues in local and global communities” (Office for Civil Society).
There are many young people, who are able to detect the root of a social issue but they lack the tools to come up with a possible solution or to bring different social actors together to put the solution into practice. We want them to take action and to think about their own neighborhoods and areas, so they can develop local solutions for them. RISIV will promote this engagement by offering youth workers and young people practical and non-formal methodologies and resources to implement their own SIPs.
The task teams (composed of youth workers, facilitators, youth groups and ‘youth peer leaders’) will have to put into practice a SIP that has to be related to community service, volunteering, and learning in a non-formal setting. They will define which affordable project they want to do and they will run the project with the support of every partner in the different countries. A bilateral feedback between the materials created by partners and the drafts of the SIPs will constantly take place. This exchange will allow youth workers to implement their ideas and partners to collect feedback and improve the materials to be created within the RISIV framework:
- The RISIV Pedagogy Roadmap
- The RISIV Curriculum for Youth Workers
- The RISIV Youth Leader Resource Pack and Guidance for social impact volunteering
- The RISIV Digital Toolkit
- The RISIV Stakeholder Guidelines: setting up and implementing the RISIV approach in youth work localities with young people aged 13-17
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