“ECCAY - EMPOWERING AND CO-CONSTRUCTING AGENCY OF YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION” aims to empower young people at risk of social exclusion in an innovative way in training the professionals working with these young people.
More specifically, the training aims to help professionals empowering the sense of agency in young people at risk of social exclusion and in developing a solution focused mindset that can help to use their agency to improve their active citizenship. As “sense of agency” or “agency” we mean the subjective awareness of initiating, executing, and controlling one's own volitional actions in the world. Active citizenship can be seen as a consequence of the sense of agency: the stronger the sense of agency is, the more effective are the actions made by an individual and/or a community in terms of solidarity and social inclusion.

The ECCAY project relies on three important concepts:

1. Solution focusing instead of problem solving: in order to facilitate active citizenship, you do not necessarily need to consider problems, but to rely on the process of building effective solutions
2. Narrative and storytelling: active citizenship comes from listening to young people at risk of exclusions’ stories and helping them creating new stories about themselves and their communities and the bigger EU-society.
3. Creativity: professionals will develop flexibility in using and creating tools and strategies of intervention according to the different contexts

Outcomes:
- Compendium of literature and best practice about working with youth at risk of exclusion
- ECCAY - Curriculum for empowering and co-constructing agency of youth at risk of exclusion
- ECCAY - Methodology Finalization
- ECCAY - Learners Handbook with an online platform

ECCAY's aim is to develop a C-VET curriculum and learning programme which gives the professionals working with young people at risk of exclusion the knowledge, skills and competencies to develop a solution and creativity focused mindset, which will allow them to empower the sense of agency among their clients/beneficiaries and enhance their inclusion and involvement in society.

ECCAY will provide an effective framework of practice based on solution-focused and co-constructive mindset in working with youth at risk of exclusion that will teach professionals how to formulate effective and transformative questions and empower their clients’ skills and abilities in solution building and effective problem-solving.

LONG-TERM GOAL of this project is to foster inclusion and active involvement of youth at risk of exclusion in their local but also in EU-society. This should be the result of the improved quality of the service professionals offer to their target group (youth at risk of inclusion) after participating at the ECCAY training.

The project involves 5 partners from 5 EU countries and it is implemented for 24 months.
Financial support: European Commision, Erasmus + Programme
Duration: 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2022.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website and all its contents reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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