In a rapidly changing world, the well-being and self-care of youth workers have become essential elements in providing effective support and guidance to young people. Recognizing this, a comprehensive training course was organized in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, from November 15 to 18, 2022, focusing on equipping youth workers with the necessary tools to care for themselves while supporting others.
A total of 19 dedicated youth workers from six different countries—Latvia, Romania, Italy, Malta, Portugal, and Spain—gathered to delve into the intricacies of youth work and self-motivation. The participants were a diverse group, including both volunteers and experienced professionals who work with young people at local, national, and international levels. Some of them specifically deal with youths facing various challenges, including those with disabilities.
The heart of the program was a deep dive into mental health. Participants shared best practices, personal experiences, and professional insights related to youth well-being. The goal was to raise awareness about the profound impact youth workers have on the lives of the young people they serve.
The training course was more than a gathering of dedicated youth workers—it was a transformative experience that equipped them with the essential skills and mindset to better serve their communities. By investing in their own self-care, they are now better prepared to empower the next generation of young leaders and citizens.