Designing programmes

Involves a good understanding of the different groups and environments that a youth worker works with. This pre-
condition is essential to being able to develop and design programmes – be it with an explicit educational purpose or not. The youth worker applies non-formal learning values and principles in the programmes and responds to the needs and realities of young people, which are more complex in an international context. This competence area includes, implicitly, how designing programmes can involve addressing political, societal and cultural issues in youth work.

  • assess the needs of the young people before or at the very beginning of the activity (and proceed with tailored adjustments if needed)?
  • involve the young people in designing the programme, where possible?
  • consider & apply the principles of non-formal learning when designing the programme with a particular focus on ‘youth-centredness’, ‘transparency’, ‘democratic values’, ‘participation’, ‘empowerment’ & ‘social transformation’? 
  • keep an eye on the objectives of the activity & the young people’ needs?
  • deal with programme-related ambiguity?
  • deal with unexpected elements & dimensions that influence the development of the programme?
  • willing to challenge the values behind the programmes?
  • see the young person in a holistic way?
  • knowledge of the values & key principles of non-formal learning?
  • knowledge of the socio-political & economic contexts of young people?
  • knowledge of project management processes?
  • knowledge of different educational methods and concepts, and knowing how to tailor and apply these to respective needs?
  • knowledge of assessment practices in non-formal learning?
  • knowledge of appropriated methods of transferring knowledge to young people?
  • knowledge about value systems & related mechanisms?
  • knowledge of how to apply research into practice?
  • ability of working with and on values through different [learning] approaches?
  • skill of developing meaningful programmes that motivate and engage young people?
  • skill of identifying external influences on the development of practice of youth workers?
  • skill of assessing/analysing the needs of young people & then involving them in developing a corresponding programme?
  • ability to adjust the educational approach to the needs of the young people?
  • ability to take the socio-political & economic contexts of the young people into account and from this deriving an appropriate educational approach?
  • readiness to accept the ‘unexpected’ (elements, learning, etc.)?
  • willingness to research & stay up-to-date with the newest developments in non-formal learning-related practices?
  • readiness to allow one’s own views on educational approaches to be challenged & to revise one’s views where needed?
  • readiness to face external factors that can influence the development of the programme/practice?
  • displaying a genuine interest in the group’s needs?
  • willingness to see each young person in a holistic way?

With the support and the contribution of:

With the support and the contribution of: