The BPFYP Products
The main objective of the BE PART - FEEL YOUR PART (BPFYP) project is to bring empowerment and democratic participation to young people at risk of social exclusion. To do so, we are delivering a number of products (Intellectual Outputs):
(1) The BPFYP Research Report deals with methodologies of social environment and space analysis for young people.
(2) The BPFYP Training Programme gives youth workers the possibility to further develop their knowledge, skills and competences in terms of social environment analysis and resources to support democratic participation of young people at risk of social exclusion.
(3) The BPFYP Participation Projects will be planned and implemented in each partner country.
(4) The BPFYP Political Action Plan, with contriubtions of all relevant stakeholders in the partner countries, provides recommendations to be considered on all levels to improve democratic and political participation of young people at risk of social exclusion and marginalisation.
IO1 - BPFYP Research Report
The BPFYP Research Report describes methods and tools for and experiences gained from social environment and space analysis. While being a stand-alone product, it provides the necessary theoretical and experiential background for the development of the BPFYP Training Programme, the BPFYP Participation Projects and the BPFYP Political Action Plan.
The BPFYP Research Report includes a description of the concept of social environment and spaces, of the analysis of social environments and resources and of the methods used for the analysis of social environments of young people with risk of social exclusion, who, often, tend to see their own social environment apart from the one of society in general and adults in particular.
The report features a desk research part and a field action part. As part of the desk research, project partners analysed and described approaches and literature for existing methods for the analysis and description of social environments of young people, such as broad angle scan, clique clustering, observation, needle method, structured city walks, personal mapping and landscaping, photo techniques, etc. As part of the field action, partners implemented and described social environment and space analysis actions with representatives of the target group of young people at risk of social exclusion. Partners wanted to demonstrate individual social environments and resources, compare social spaces of young people from the target group with the social spaces from the "adult" world, define gaps and potential for development, etc.
The BPFYP Research Report is available in English; a summary document is available in all partner languages.
IO2 - BPFYP Training Programme
The BPFYP Training Programme is a comprehensive further education and training approach for youth workers who work with young people at risk of social exclusion. Based on social environment and space analysis, it focusses on democratic participation of young people on a local level. The training programme will cover approx. 30 learning hours and be ECVET-based. It will cover the following topics: (1) social environment, spaces and resources as a basis for democratic and political participation of young people at risk of social exclusion; (2) methods for social environment analysis; (3) differences and overlaps between the social environments of the "young at risk" and the "adults"; (4) developing local participation projects; (5) monitoring and documenting local participation projects.
In addition to the curriculum itself, the product will also contain a collection of learning/teaching materials for each of the modules/units of learning outcomes. The training programme will be pilot-tested and available in all partner languages.
IO3 - BPFYP Participation Projects
The project partnership not only wants to deliver the theoretic basis to support political and democratic participation of young people at risk of social exclusion, the partners want to kick-off the process by implementing projects within the project period. Therefore, every partner country will plan, implement and monitor three local participation projects involving young people at risk of social exclusion, political decision-makers and the general public. The experiences gained and lessons learnt will be documented and will be available for further participation approaches.
IO4 - BPFYP Political Action Plan
Alarming data on a lack of involvement, democratic participation and general belief in democracy call for political action. Since the development of a sense for democratic values starts with democratic participation on a local level and within your own social environments, the project partners will provide a political action plan that includes the needs and requirements for action on local, regional, national, and European levels. By following the BPFYP Politicial Action Plan, political decision-makers will be able to deduct appropriate measures and create paths and environments for the improvement of the current situation by including the group of young people at risk of social exclusion. The action plan will put a focus on the role of youth workers as a link between the "young" and the "adult" societies.
The BPFYP Political Action Plan will be available in all partner languages.