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Sum­mer School in Faces: ‘Break­ing Stereo­types’ Mod­er­a­tor Adi Kola­se­vic

With two months left until the Youth Time Sum­mer School, we are start­ing a series of arti­cles about the great pro­fes­sion­als who will be work­ing with us dur­ing the event. They will present them­selves and reveal (a lit­tle) their plans for the School. First, meet the excel­lent facil­i­ta­tor, Adi Kola­se­vic. He is going to mod­er­ate the ‘Break­ing Stereo­types’ workshop.

Well, let’s start with: Who is Mr. Kolasevic?

A recent per­son­al­ity test marked me as an extro­vert who is in love with nature and out­door activ­i­ties. I’m a pas­sion­ate run­ner with a Master’s in Sport Sci­ence. I’m also an expe­ri­enced capac­ity build­ing spe­cial­ist of civil soci­ety organ­i­sa­tions with exten­sive expe­ri­ence in non-​formal and for­mal edu­ca­tion through engage­ment in the Euro­pean Stu­dent Union. These are just some of the many iden­ti­ties that I pos­sess but for more infor­ma­tion we will need to meet in per­son dur­ing the Sum­mer School. I come from the heart-​shaped land offi­cially known as Bosnia and Herze­gov­ina where right now I work for the joint UN Agen­cies project ‘Dia­logue for the Future’ as a facil­i­ta­tor for Youth Forum.

What is the ‘Break­ing Stereo­types’ work­shop going to be about?

It will explore some­thing that is part of all of us, some­thing that we build through­out our child­hood and is defined as prej­u­dices and stereo­types. Where do these prej­u­dices and stereo­types come from? How do we cre­ate them and why do we cat­e­go­rize? These are some of the ques­tions we want to explore with the par­tic­i­pants. Then, we want to find out how we abuse stereo­types but also how to deal with stereo­types and prej­u­dices. Our aim is to step out of our shoes and observe our own behav­iour and group behav­iour to be able to open our minds and to break stereotypes.

What will the for­mat of the work­shop be?

Since I love explor­ing cre­ative edu­ca­tion, the for­mat of the work­shop will be designed to fully engage all par­tic­i­pants and enable them to enter into an expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing process through sim­u­la­tion exer­cises and group work. This topic is very sen­si­tive, as par­tic­i­pants are com­ing from dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds; it will be very chal­leng­ing for all those involved. My wish is to engage par­tic­i­pants emo­tion­ally as then they will expe­ri­ence the max­i­mum learn­ing out­come and pos­i­tive energy.

What should Sum­mer School par­tic­i­pants do to pre­pare before attend­ing your workshop?

I invite them to come and bring loads of pos­i­tive energy. They could explore the the­o­ret­i­cal back­ground of prej­u­dices and stereo­types just to famil­iar­ize them­selves with the topic. But per­haps the most impor­tant thing is that they should be pre­pared to be flex­i­ble and engage them­selves in a joint process of exploration.

The topic of the work­shop sounds inter­est­ing, but it is hard to pre­dict how Sum­mer School atten­dees could use the knowl­edge they will get dur­ing the work­shop in the future. Does it have a prac­ti­cal nature?

For sure it has! Glob­al­iza­tion processes are link­ing us to other cul­tures very fast. The world is expe­ri­enc­ing huge migra­tion and it’s so easy to enter into the prej­u­dice and stereo­type devel­op­ment that can lead to con­flict sit­u­a­tions. Today’s busi­ness envi­ron­ment is team ori­ented and if we don’t know how to break stereo­types we can find our­selves in very unpleas­ant sit­u­a­tions. These are some of the rea­sons why this work­shop is impor­tant for the par­tic­i­pants’ future life and work situations!

Sum­mer School 2015

The main pur­pose of this event is to develop a unique set of skills that all par­tic­i­pants can use in their pro­fes­sional and per­sonal life. In order to achieve this we have estab­lished a multi-​professional net­work. Our activ­i­ties will increase par­tic­i­pants’ deci­sion mak­ing and nego­ti­at­ing skills. Help to dis­cover their pos­si­bil­i­ties in the crises and risks sit­u­a­tions as well as give an oppor­tu­nity to fill respon­si­bil­ity to live life as a community.

As such Youth Time has devel­oped a pro­gram that will embrace var­i­ous for­mats: tak­ing part in work­shops, being inspired by encap­ti­vat­ing mas­ter classes as well as meet­ing other social entre­pre­neurs from over the globe. Youth Time has selected high level train­ers and experts to enrich the capac­i­ties of the participants.

Cul­tural pro­gram events with infor­mal, net­work­ing activ­i­ties and social­iz­ing will sup­port joy and team-​building atmosphere.

Each par­tic­i­pant will have an oppor­tu­nity to be a part of:

- the mas­ter classes on ‘The art of nego­ti­a­tion’ and ‘How to defeat stress’;

- inter­ac­tive work­shops, such as ‘Break­ing Stereo­types’ or ‘Pub­lic Diplo­macy’ as well as ‘Deci­sion Mak­ing’ and ‘Conflict;

- sim­u­la­tion games, such as ‘The Ark of Noah’ and ‘Risk’

and play dif­fer­ent social roles.

YES Youth Europe Self-​Empowerment Coop­er­a­tive

The YES ini­tia­tive aims to reduce youth unem­ploy­ment pri­mar­ily in Europe to be fol­lowed up in the rest of the world. With rates of 50/​60% in Spain, fol­lowed closely by other coun­tries like Greece, Por­tu­gal, Italy, UK and so on…dramatic action must be taken to elim­i­nate this sit­u­a­tion. YES will empower youth to reestab­lish it’s place in soci­ety and it’s dig­nity in today’s world. 28 young peo­ple (1830 Years) will be cho­sen for a gath­er­ing to explore and work on the YES initiative.

YES Let­ter

Date: 26th April to 3rd May 2015

Place: Schloss Tem­pel­hof – Germany

Final Appli­ca­tion Day: 15th Feb­ru­ary 2015

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