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Training Course: Competences of Youth Workers in preventing violent radicalization and extremism

Dates: 18-23 May 2020

Venue: Tbilisi, Georgia

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 31st March 2020

This is a training course for youth workers and practitioners daily involved in preventing violent radicalization who would like to upscale their competences in this field and share their experience.

General Description

Young people are impacted by constant changes in global social and economic realities, and many of them face poverty, exclusion, inequality, and marginalization. Their personal circumstances and wider political, social and economic environment in which they live may make them vulnerable to various radical influences and also violent radicalization.

Realities of this emerging trend make it necessary to emphasize the need to work with young people in Europe and its neighboring regions, in order to strengthen their resilience to violent radicalization, and reinforce the openness and inclusiveness of communities in which they live.

In order to determine and illustrate the role of youth work in this regard, the Salto Euro Med, Salto EECA and Salto SEE Resource Centres together with the National Agencies of Erasmus+ Youth Programme of France, Germany, Italy, Poland as well as the European Union and the Council of Europe Youth Partnership have come together:

  • to research and showcase positive ways and initiatives in which youth violent radicalization can be addressed and prevented;
  • to examine how we can strengthen the role of different actors, in an attempt to compile a long-term strategy about youth work against violent radicalization;
  • to provide training and networking opportunities for youth workers, practitioners from different sectors involved actively in preventing violent radicalization and extremism.

As a part of this strategy there have been realized a study about the role of youth work in the prevention of violent radicalization of young people and four international activities: a conference in Malta in 2017, a seminar in Tirana, Albania in 2018, and in 2019 a training course in Macerata, Italy and a study visit to Belgium.

More information about the strategy you can find at Salto website

The strategy in 2020 will follow up this process strengthening and developing youth workers competences in the field of prevention of violent radicalization. It would also like to offer more opportunities for NGOs to share their experience at the local and international level and provide opportunities for networking.

In the framework of this new step, a research about competences needed for youth workers in the framework of preventing violet radicalization and extremism was initiated. During the 2020 the researcher will present the outcomes of his work and he will also collect feedbacks and information needed for upscaling the final version of the work. The competences’ research is focusing on the importance of strengthening individual and community resilience as a tool for preventing violent radicalization and extremism. Resilience will be an importance focus for the upscaling of the work in the training and in the research.

The training course “Competences of Youth Workers in preventing violent radicalization and extremism is the first element of the 2020 strategy.”

The Training will bring together participants from Programme Countries and from the four Neighboring Regions of the European Union (Eastern Partnership, Euromed, Russia and Western Balkans) in order to reinforce participants personal and professional competences in the field of building community resilience and in empowerment of youth towards preventing violent radicalization.


  • to reflect on the key concepts regarding the meaning of radicalization, community resilience, as well as counter- and positive narratives;
  • to introduce the competence model on youth work preventing violent radicalization and extremism and collecting feedback on it:
  • to support youth workers in developing specific competences in order to be able to strengthen individual and community resilience;
  • to provide participants the space and time to share and work on existing tools and approaches that support the development of community resilience that leads the youth wellbeing especially in critical social and political situation;
  • to introduce and explore Erasmus+ Programme & ESC potential in supporting youth work in developing community resilience.

Target group:

Youth workers, practitioners daily involved in work related to prevention of violent radicalization and extremism and in buildling community resilience.


The training is 4 days long, with arrival on the 18th and departure on the 23rd of May



This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO Resource Centre involved in this project.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.




SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus


  • Polish National Agency of Erasmus+

Phone: +484631463

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Małgorzata Pawłowska

E-Mail: mpawlowska@frse.org.pl

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.