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IELN Experiential Leadership

The purpose of the “Experiential Leadership” project was to boost the leadership knowledge, abilities, and attitudes of youth workers from International Experiential Learning Network member countries.

As a result of the implementation of the training course between 29.05.2022 – 05.06.2022, the below objectives and their outcome on the participants are observed:

  1. By the end of this project, the selected youth workers have increased their knowledge of leadership- they will be able to define it, identify its hard and soft associated skills, recognize the qualities of a good leader, and understand how to unleash their own leadership potential using the experiential learning theory as a basis.
  2. By being actively involved in this project, the selected youth workers have developed the hard and soft leadership skills needed to lead themselves and the youth they work with.
  3. By the end of this project, the selected youth workers have understood the importance of leadership for their personal and professional development as youth workers and increased their awareness of the attitudes they should uphold to be effective leaders.

Topics that were covered through this training course include:  

  • What is Leadership? 
  • What is a Leader? 
  • Self-Awareness, 
  • Personality Styles, 
  • Learning Styles, 
  • Educator Styles,
  • Teambuilding in Leadership,
  • Personal Competences,
  • Self-Directed Learning,
  • Motivation,
  • Values,
  • Leadership Styles,
  • Leadership around Experiential Learning Cycle,
  • Digital Tools for Leadership,
  • Digital Wellbeing,
  • The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

The non-formal education and experiential learning methods were used such as: 

  • Personal/ self-reflection
  • Self-directed learning
  • Pair sharing
  • Living Library
  • Working in groups
  • Organization Market
  • Brainstorming experiences
  • Training games
  • Facilitated discussions
  • Interactive presentations
  • Self-assessments
  • Workshops

 

DAY 1 (30.05.2022)

  • Welcome activities
  • Welcoming ceremony
  • Getting to know each other
  • Co-creating the program with self-assessment and need analysis
  • Experiential learning
  • Self-reflection

The activities selected aim to develop group cohesion, a safe zone, and trust among participants. Through the “Youthpass & 8 key competencies Teambuilding” workshop, participants built their first team challenge and later used the team learning report to better understand their team. Also, participants co-created the program with trainers using Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed techniques. After that, participants were introduced and dove deep into Experiential Learning.

DAY 2 (31.05.2022)

  • Self Awareness: Kolb Learning Styles
  • Group and Self-reflection on learning
  • Self Awareness: Kolb Educator Role Profile
  • Group and Self-reflection on educator roles
  • Organization and ideas market
  • Living Library

The participants learned how their learning style impacts how they live, lead, work with others, and more. Participants discovered their core values and connected them with how they define them as leaders and individuals. They also focused on learning flexibility and creating challenges for themselves. After group and self-reflection about learning, we continued with Educator Role Profiles. Participants developed a deep understanding of their educator role and how it affects their professional and personal life. We finished the day with an organization market in which every organization got to know each other closely and had a living library session.

DAY 3 (01.06.2022)

  • Teambuilding in leadership
  • Personal competences
  • Sharing or realities in Youth Work
  • Self-directed learning/motivation
  • Self reflection
  • Intercultural night

Day 3 and Day 4 were about diving deeper into leadership, understanding what it is, sharing our leadership realities in youth work, NGOs, and the IELN network, uncovering our leadership styles, and how leadership can be fully maximized around the experiential learning cycle.

DAY 4 (02.06.2022)

  • Introduction of leadership
  • Leadership styles
  • Leading around the Experiential Learning Cyrcle
  • Digital tools in leadership/digital wellbeing
  • Self-reflection

Day 3 and Day 4 were about diving deeper into leadership, understanding what it is, sharing our leadership realities in youth work, NGOs, and the IELN network, uncovering our leadership styles, and how leadership can be fully maximized around the experiential learning cycle.

DAY 5 (03.06.2022)

  • International experiential learning potential
  • Create your own leadership product
  • Future steps/action plan
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Self-reflection

Based on the Freirian approach, participants decided for themselves how best they wanted to apply and utilize the competencies they developed here. They worked in teams and built leadership products, tools, workshops, videos, and more entirely up to them to decide what would be the most helpful for them, their organizations, and the IELN network. They had the chance to give their team feedback after working with them.

DAY 6 (04.06.2022)

  • Self-reflection
  • Open space discussions and parking lot
  • Evaluation and feedback
  • Youthpass ceremony and farewell event

Participants got the chance to talk more about what they learned and wanted to talk more and unclear parts of the TC. Participants reflected on what they had learned in this training course. Furthermore, participants discussed and created action plans for taking steps when returning home. That discussions were vital for the future of the IELN. In the last session of the project, evaluation and feedback were implemented.

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