On 5th and 6th and again 11th and 12th February 2020, Organization Status M has held two two-days trainings for students of social work, social pedagogy, psychology, and other youth workers based on Program Y in Zagreb, at the Department of Social Work of the Faculty of Law.
The aim of those trainings was education and recruitment of future educators-volunteers, as well as the promotion of Status M’s work on gender equality and violence prevention through educational workshops and other activities. When designing this training, Status M’s project coordinator Tamara Tokić and educator Tin Frančić had in mind to include both theoretical, experiential, and practical way of learning. The initial activities of the trainings were short lectures on Status M’s fields of work and history, followed by short lectures on Young Men Initiative, and the work in the region, as well as gender transformative prevention Program Y together with its theoretical background.
The following activities were the implementation of actual workshops from the Program Y with the group of students and, at the end of the first day of each training, sharing experiences and feedback. On the second day of each training, the roles were changed – students became those who implemented workshops from Program Y for the rest of the group and received feedback from Status M’s trainers afterward. There was a total of 27 students/youth workers.
In their final evaluations, participants praised the training and trainers, as well as an experiential approach to work, and the Program Y itself. They emphasize the importance of conducting such trainings for students of care professions, as well as workshops with young people, especially young men.
The activity is implemented by Status M within the framework of the Young Men Initiative II – The Men and Boys as Partners in Promoting Gender Equality and prevention of Youth Extremism and Violence in the Western Balkans project, supported by CARE International Balkans, Austrian Developing Cooperation and Oak Foundation.