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!
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.
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 (18 – 30 Years) will be chosen for a gathering to explore and work on the YES initiative.
Date: 26th April to 3rd May 2015
Place: Schloss Tempelhof – Germany
Final Application Day: 15th February 2015
Application form here
Travel and cost information here