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Training Course VulnerABILITY: An alternative approach to prevent radicalisation among young people

Dates: 3-9 June 2018

Venue: Brussels, Belgium – FR

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline: 13th April 2018

This training course aims to support youth workers to develop their competences in understanding vulnerability and exploring its potential in reinforcing young people self confidence and preventing radicalisation.

General Description

Youth work, through non-formal and informal learning, contributes to this movement by fostering active citizenship and social participation of young people. In this frame, youth work contribute to generic prevention that targets all young people by equipping them with life competences, reinforcing their resilience and strengthening democratic values.

Many studies show that young people can become radicalised for a multitude of reasons, such as a lack of integration into society, disengagement of social groups, ideological opposition and exposure to violent extremist groups. Personal, cultural, economical and social context also affect this radicalisation process. With so many factor making young people vulnerable, we believe that vulnerability as such should be taken as a “serious matter” and not only as a symptom.

In modern society, vulnerability is generally seen as a weakness and an obstacle to succeed in social life. This negative view also affect youth workers, their perceptions and ways of working. Although several programs for youth workers are designed to train them to prevent radicalization among young people, these generally under explore the potential of vulnerability as an approach to connect with youngsters that feel a strong disconnection and a lost sense of belonging with society.

This training course aims to support youth workers to develop their competences in understanding vulnerability and exploring its potential in reinforcing young people self confidence. In this training course participants will experience a positive approach of vulnerability which is a key element in establishing true connections with young people. We will explore vulnerability through non-formal education and exper-
iential learning methods.

The objectives for this training course are:
– to establish a general framework on the process of radicalisation and polarisation;
– to provide participants with concepts and theoretical background about vulnerability and its role within the process of radicalisation and polarisation;
– to provide participants with a deeper understanding of vulnerability on a personal and interpersonal level;
– to explore the potential of vulnerability as an approach for empowering young people in their realities;
– to share tools and good practices of engaging with vulnerable groups in an international context;
– to visit a local initiative working on prevention of radicalisation in Molenbeek, Belgium.

Participants Profile
This training course has place for 24 participants.
We are looking for youth workers and social workers who are:
– 18 +
– working with young people;
– motivated to work on the topic of vulnerability and prevention of radicalisation;
– active in their local organisations/communities;
– able to work in English;
– able to multiply and implement the outcomes of the training course within their local/national/international work.

The methodology will be participant-centered, based on non-formal education, experiential learning and intercultural learning; working methods will be diverse and interactive in order to ensure a balance between sharing, theory, practice and visits.

The main activities will be: working groups, guided self-reflection, workshops and a local visit. Provision of information and referent documents will be used in order to meet participants learning preferences and the training learning objectives.

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This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

Please contact your Erasmus+ Youth in Action NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. This TC is co-funded by NA NL, NA GR and NA IT.

Note for NAs: Activity financed with TCA 2017 budget




Bureau International Jeunesse – National Agency


National Agency of Greece

National Agency of Netherlands

National Agency of Italy

Phone: +3225483881

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Programme the Plus of Erasmus+.pdf

Contact for questions:

Thierry Dufour


Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.