Change management in youth organizations - What I would change if I was the president of the youth organization
From 1 December to 6 December, the training course “Change Management in the Youth NGOs” was organized by YEU international. The event took place in the framework of the Erasmus + program and these 6 extremely productive days in Dilbeek (next to Brussels, Belgium) resulted in enormous enrichment of knowledge, developing skills and competences. Participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Italy, FYROM/Macedonia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Serbia and Ukraine contributed to amazingly effective work. Trainers and organizers from the UK, FYROM/Macedonia, Italy and Serbia made the course very informative, practice oriented and the atmosphere incredibly warm and friendly. The objectives of the project were to explore the existing situation regarding low youth participation and understand the concept of change management and its elements as a way to foster youth participation. Each day was full of useful information and gave new portion of inspiration. The first one was dedicated to ice-breaking and team-building games but included an important theoretical input on the issue of needs and aspirations of young people as well.
Even during the games we gained very important experience in team-working and communication. It was the first signal that in order to manage a change within the organization you have to be a good listener of your team-members, pay enough attention to their opinions and be responsible to make everyone motivated to participate and able to do it. During the second day we discovered one of the models of youth participation and positive practices that helped us understand that participation is something more than just voting.
During the next days we were totally involved in change management issues and were working on specific strategies of change management in our organizations. Moreover, we had a great chance to challenge ourselves and see how good writers, designers and film-makers we can be. That’s because the results of all theoretical inputs and practical outcomes were transformed in a publication with tips and techniques related to change management as well as in short films promoting it.
The publication is unique and extremely readable because it includes participant’s comments. We also hope that a funny form of their presentation will make it popular among young people. It’s amazing how great experience and various competences we gained during only six days, what enormous motivation we got. Very skilled trainers and organizers were “in charge of this success” as well as all participants with their activeness, creativity and dedication to youth organizations development. The emotions are unforgettable. It is also considered that the more difficult is for you to say “good bye” the better training course is.
In the case of TC “Change Management in the Youth Organizations” this moment was incredibly sentimental and hard.
Natalia Dzyadik and Olya Popelyshyn
Institute for Ukrainian Studies