During the first week of September 2019, 7 participants from the beneficiary partners of the Project NEETs in Entrepreneurship (JA Bulgaria, JA Italy, JA Romania, JA Spain), funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through EEA Grants and Norway Grants, took part to the Train the trainers’ session, organized at the office of the lyk-z & døtre´s, expert partner.
The consortium participants learned and practiced the lyk-z method and tools specific for the FROG program, within a broader and more structured path. All the lyk-z´s tools for the project were developed to evoke confidence, mastery, vigor and to strengthen the participants hope for the future.
The program was produced to give the coming trainers an understanding of the participants’ experience, by letting them experience the identical training as the young NEETs will have. The representatives from JA offices were also trained by three lyk-z instructors to learn and understand important principles of co-leading and the methodology, were given tips and tricks and powerful questions to create understanding, learning and to lift the participants.
“There are events in my life that make the difference. They are few and they are special. FROG training was one of these events. It allowed me to work on my limits and strengths, focusing on them to target new goals in my personal and professional life. Impacts were impressive and emotions too. No matter the age, school level, abilities and ambitions, everyone is good to jump into the FROG program.” – Alessandro Costanzo de Castro, Senior Program Manager, Junior Achievement Italy
“The FROG training for young people was included as a central pillar of the NEETs in Entrepreneurship project, delivering life-changing motivation and inspiration for young people in Bulgaria, Romania, Italy and Spain. Spending a full week mastering the intensive trainer routines and exercises taught us how to lead a room and deliver impact, and, in the long run, how to greatly improve our performance as youth engagement professionals. Now I feel ready to make the Big Leap with our NEETs and support them together with lyk-z and our JA partner teams.” – Apostol Dyankov, Project Manager, Junior Achievement Bulgaria.
The consortium members ended the one week preparing session with the confidence to implement in their own countries an impactful and changemaker program, as part of the other key-activities of the project NEETs in Entrepreneurship. The FROG program will be a good starting point and make NEETs more ready to start of their entrepreneurial training, by exploring their unique resources and values and finding the true motivation to make a difference, and from this create a unique business idea or get a job.
Starting this autumn, until the end of project implementation, 1,600 NEETs from Bulgaria, Italy, Romania and Spain will be involved in steps, in different educational activities, both face-to-face and/or in blended learning format, receiving training, counselling and support to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to find a job or start their own small business.