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What is a youth trainer? It couldn’t be a teacher in geology; you could find this person in formal educational system telling stories while others are meditating. It couldn’t be a chess trainer either; a chess trainer helps chess pupils to become better in that specific field. It couldn’t also be a referee in blind football, something that could seem to be extreme or funny to some people; to spend your leisure time with blind friends.

So, one would consider what a youth trainer is and why are there European Youth Programs?  The answer is what kind of society we would like to build and live in. A youth trainer believes that the exposure to education and universal values could contribute to the reformation of young people’s thinking. It’s a fact that many youngsters face separation or exclusion from their social environment. What the youth trainer is trying to do is to eliminate this phenomenon by combining his/her different learning styles in order to include every youngster with different abilities from different backgrounds.

In other words, a youth trainer is seeking for equality and justice in a society, where diversity is widely spread. A youth trainer needs to have innovative ideas and use brand new tools in order to attract the youngster’s interest and therefore urge them to participate in the so called non formal learning process. This non formal learning is not a part of school education, but a creative process, which could take place during the youngster’s constructive leisure time.

According to their needs, a youth trainer could focus on Human Rights Education, Environment, Voluntarism, Melting the Intercultural Iceberg and so many other areas, which concern our society. The dominant aim of this activity is to motivate active participation of competent youngsters and encourage them to combine their knowledge with their skills and attitudes.

In order for this youth vision to come true, the youth trainer needs a TEAM (Together Everybody Achieves More) spirit for a SMART (Small Measured Achievable Realistic Timely) approach and hence, to achieve the team’s goals and give a glimpse of hope for a better society in the future. Every youngster can do something, nobody can do anything. Be the change you want to see in the world and a youth trainer believes that a change could come through education.

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