Case 5: Build on self-confidence by engaging young people in ICT training

  • Goal

To empower young people and give them more self-esteem and self-confidence

  • Activity

Young people often have good ICT skills and are used to playing around with social networks. In a Tonuso Action it was an idea from a young girl to create a cource for the staf, an her parents. Afther that action we supported young people to create their own course material for pass on ICT knowledge to others . They used this material to instruct social workers and even parents: how to get registered, how to create a profile, how to manage privacy settings, upload photos and videos and so on.

  • Tools and resources

Any social network platform (Facebook, Netlog, Bebo etc), a computer and an internet connection.

  • Results and evaluation

It’s important to notice that this initiative came from the young people themselves. The youth worker did not have to assist much as the young people created the course material, and even some test questions. The result was very positive. It added a new dimension to the relationship between the youth worker, the parents and the youngster. The youngster created a position for himself in which he could teach something to others, with a positive impact on self-esteem and self-confidence.