What is a Youth Pass?

26 February 2020

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What is a Youth Pass?

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What is Youth Pass?
Passport for experience trips in UE

Cos’è lo Youth Pass?

It is a certificate of attendance of European mobility with self-evaluation of competence acquired during the experience.

What does Youth Pass certificate?

What really Youth Pass is?

Youth Pass was born as a certificate of attendance of non-formal education experience in NGOs or other acknowledge organizations of UE.

It is used to show you had effectively done experience in a specific topic in NGO as a volunteer or participant in a country in the European Union.

Youth Pass is strictly confidential and none exam evaluation is reported.

Lo Youth Pass è un attestato strettamente personale, perché non viene riportata una valutazione d’esame.

This document is based on 8 keys competences.


Which are the 8 key competences of Youth Pass?

Multilingual competence

Multilingual competence is the ability to use different languages for communication and to understand and express thoughts, feelings, and facts orally or in writing.

One would need to know the grammar and vocabulary of a certain language.

The ability to learn a language in various ways is also important.

Appreciation of cultural diversity and curiosity for intercultural communication are attitudes connected to this competence.

How do you develop this competence in Erasmus Plus project?

European youth projects involve interactions with people from different countries, who speak different languages.

For many participants, communicating in a foreign language is of crucial importance.

A European project offers the perfect environment to practice this. Especially in longer-term projects, this competency area is among the ones that the participants develop to the greatest extent.


Literacy Competence

Literacy competence is the ability to understand and express thoughts, feelings, and facts orally, in writing or in other forms, and to interact with others.

It is the basis for further learning.

The openness to critical and constructive dialogue and the awareness of the impact of language on others are important elements of this competence.

How do you develop this competence in Erasmus Plus project?

In a youth project, you may need to create various types of written material for different target groups such as:

  • Social media posts;
  • petition texts;
  • official letters;
  • newsletter articles;
  • activity reports.

You also get to know new terminology – even in their own language – on the topic of the project.

You are likely to be in contact with different people (children, parents, teachers, decision-makers, foreigners living in the host country, journalists) and need to adapt their communication to the context.


Digital competence

Digital competence involves the responsible use of digital technologies; communication and collaboration, media literacy, digital content creation, safety, intellectual property related questions, problem-solving and critical thinking.

It includes the ability to use information via a range of digital technologies, to question available information; curiosity and open-minded attitude.

How do you develop this competence in Erasmus Plus project?

If you participate in youth projects, you can be involved in creating content for blogs, websites, social media platforms, etc to share their projects.

You can also create audio-visuals (videos or podcasts) to communicate their impressions with others. In some projects, they may specifically work on the impact of media and media literacy.


Citizenship competence

Citizenship competence is the ability to act as responsible citizens and to fully participate in civic and social life.

It is based on the understanding of social, economic, legal and political concepts as well as global developments and sustainability.

How do you develop this competence in Erasmus Plus project?

In many projects, you are directly or indirectly involved in a civil society organization, or they work on a locally or globally relevant social or environmental theme.

You can reflect on values, laws, human rights, make comparisons between practices, problems, and needs in different realities in Europe.

You may also reflect on your understanding and experience of being an active citizen.


Entrepreneurship competence

Entrepreneurship competence refers to the capacity to act upon opportunities and to turn ideas into action that has value for others.

It includes taking initiative, creativity, innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving.

It requires the ability to work collaboratively and to plan projects of cultural, social or financial value.

How do you develop this competence in Erasmus Plus project?

European projects are about turning ideas into reality, about being creative and trying out new things that might also be risky.

The project has to be managed in different contexts.

You have different possibilities to develop talents, discover passions, try out new roles and get inspired to turn their ideas into action.

In a volunteering or youth exchange project, if you wish, you can plan, the preparation, management, and evaluation of the project are done together with you.

This is even more valid for a solidarity project or a youth initiative.


Personal, social and learning to learn competence

Personal, social and learning to learn competence is the ability to learn how to learn, manage one’s own learning and to reflect on oneself.

It is about time and information management.

Social competences include working with others in a hasty manner and managing conflicts in a supportive way.

Personal competencies include resilience, the ability to cope with uncertainty and complexity and to show empathy.

The ability to support physical and emotional well-being is also relevant for this competence area.

How do you develop this competence in Erasmus Plus project?

European projects often rely on group interactions which can be intensive where one is confronted with own attitudes.

Reflecting on the self, the relation with others and one’s own role in the group is therefore essential.

Working together with others in a meaningful and constructive way plays a big role.


Mathematical competence and competence in science, technology, engineering (STEM)

Mathematical competence and competence in science, technology, engineering (STEM) is the ability to use mathematical thinking to solve problems in everyday situations.

Competence in science refers to the ability to use knowledge; to identify questions and to base opinions on evidence.

It includes the ability to use logical and critical thinking, to handle technological tools and to communicate conclusions and reasoning behind them.

How do you develop this competence in Erasmus Plus project?

During a youth project, you can improve this competence in thematic work (such as leading science labs or helping children with their homework).

However, even in projects that do not directly work on scientific topics, you can improve your problem solving and analytical thinking skills and be involved in decision-making processes regarding the management of different aspects of your project.


Competence in cultural awareness and expression

Competence in cultural awareness and expression is the understanding of how ideas are creatively expressed in different cultures, through different arts.

It involves developing and expressing own ideas.

It requires the knowledge of local, European and global cultures and the ability to express ideas and emotions in different artistic and cultural forms. Openness and curiosity are important attitudes.

How do you develop this competence in Erasmus Plus project?

Young people often develop creative forms of expression to make contact with others or to reflect on experiences.

All organization offers an opportunity to develop cultural aspects during the project or you can use this form of expression based on your initiative.

All forms of creativity and media can find your place in youth work.

Increasing cultural awareness can prepare the ground for effective intercultural learning.

It can also serve to raise awareness about dealing with ambiguity.


How to achieve it?

Do you want to gain new soft skills?

So, I will invite you to take part in an experience of youth exchange, training course or European volunteering corps as well 😉

Both of these experiences release this certificate.

If you are part of NGO of volunteering or do you want to create non-formal education projects and give credit of skills are taught;

Visit the official website to inquire further more details.

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