In 2019, the Erasmus Plus KA2 project Youth Lifestyles, Deviance and Prevention has brought together five experienced European partners who operate in very different contexts, but who share a common commitment to direct or indirect action to prevent youth deviance (such as addictions and other forms of unhealthy lifestyles) harmful for the young people’s health and their social relations.
Timis County Youth Foundation (FITT) is one of the organisations taking part in the project, along with ACVČ SR and RCM (KOŠICE, Slovakia), DIGG’OUT (ALMERE, The Netherlands), MOMENTUM WORLD (LUTON, UK), and EURONET (POTENZA, Italy).
There are currently only a small number of research documents and works such as manuals, kits, brochures, or studies that systematise non-formal education tools for those who work with disoriented young people, to overcome risky behaviour and encourage healthy lifestyles. Although proactive methods are often used in the field of prevention, these tend to lack systemic support within a coherent and well-defined educational framework.
This is why the project resulted in a HANDBOOK that condenses some of the most significant approaches used by five European partner organisations in the field of deviance prevention, as well as some initiatives, activities, working methods and practical tools, essentially based on Non-Formal Education principles, demonstrated during the six phases of the project.
The Handbook is intended as a practical resource for youth workers and organisations active in the youth field. It reproduces the various case studies and activities seen and experienced during the 6 phases of the project. The content of the Handbook is therefore a synthesis of the “know-how” gained from the activities and methods that the five partner organisations use in their work with young people.
THEMES APPROACHED IN THE HANDBOOK
- ADDICTIONS and HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
- DEPRESSION ISOLATION PREVENTION of JUVENILE SUICIDES
- NEET – DROP OUT/PUSHED OUT – IL-LEGALITY
- ROAD SAFETY – CYBER-BULLYING
- BULLYING – EARLY PREGNANCIES/UNWANTED MOTHERHOOD