Our training kits have been designed in such a way that youth workers, educators and other professionals working with young people would be able to organise a workshop within their respective organisations for their colleagues with the resources provided in the training kit download package.
This training is designed to support professionals in dealing with controversial issues. It offers practical tips and advice that will raise the confidence of frontline workers, a key ORPHEUS objective.
The aim of the training is to discuss controversial or sensitive topics in a safe environment. The establishment of ground rules is essential to facilitate a healthy and safe debate. On post discussion, it may be necessary to offer one-to-one support or discuss further outside of the group setting, especially if concerns are raised. Professionals should use their professional judgement and follow their setting's safeguarding procedures and consult with safeguarding lead for further support and guidance.
This training should enable safe space facilitators to create an exceptionally safe space in which to discuss social frustrations and co-create an approach.
The goal, then, is to create a positive environment in which to discuss themes that participants feel they cannot discuss - let alone tackle - in legitimate mainstream spaces, such as the kitchen table, a class group or the association. We want to provide professionals with knowledge and skills to develop and monitor enhanced group dynamics.
This approach is needed in every safe space, regardless of the theme. We also need to meet the needs of young people who have had too many negative experiences with social institutions (i.e., family, school, work, association, care, police, justice ,media) and who, as a result, may be tempted to recruit in illegitimate alternatives.
This training is designed to create an alternative narrative on street culture. We intend to create an alternative narrative on street cultures so that frontline workers are enabled to integrate the positive elements of street culture in their work environment.
Street culture has a very prominent position on many young people living in the cities. This new culture has many effects on young people such as their relationship with their parents, their schools and other young people. But can also lead to isolation, violent behaviour, abuse and leaves these young people very vulnerable. By implementing this training, young people will focus more on the positive elements of street culture and ignore or focus less on the negative elements of street culture.
This training is designed to provide frontline practitioners, the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to be able to support young people to develop their critical literacy and build resilience to false information online, reducing their susceptibility to online grooming by means of exposure to disinformation.
The overall aim of ORPHEUS is to reduce the risk of young people becoming involved in violent extremism. When young people visit online spaces such as social media and chat rooms, they may be exposed to individuals and groups who would wish to recruit them into violent extremist activity. Initial ‘grooming’ is often through propaganda and disinformation, alongside the normalisation of racism and hateful behaviour and research has shown that individuals can become politicised through exposure to false information.
This training is designed to support professionals in feeling more confident in processes of politicisation with young people in socially vulnerable situations.
Young people in socially vulnerable contexts often experience discrimination, inequality and different forms of disadvantage. On top of that, they lack channels and opportunities to openly express their dissatisfaction and frustration. This is why it is important to take them and their expressions seriously and take this as a starting point for youth work. That is why ORPHEUS is convinced that a different understanding, a different approach, more space and support is needed. It is precisely the public nature of the expression of grievances that brings us to the concept of 'politicisation’. Young people in socially vulnerable positions want to be visible and be heard.
This training is designed for young people to support them in developing their critical thinking about the role of media and privacy and in building resilience to false information online. This is to reduce their vulnerability to online grooming by means of exposure to disinformation.
Young people’s engagement with social media is ever increasing and has become one of the most popular forms of communication, with an eclectic range of platforms. To empower young people to use the internet in a positive way, it is essential that they are able to evaluate effectively information that they encounter.
This training can be seen as part of the training Critical Literacy and Online Awareness for professionals. However, contrary to the latter, this training is specifically given to young people. In order to do this successfully, it is important to provide frontline practitioners the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to be able to support young people to develop their critical thinking and build resilience to false information and disinformation online.