A self-assessment and campaigning tool to help the individuals know the extent of their abilities in youth clubs.
Type of the tool
☒ Self-assessment tool
Recognition dimensions addressed by the tool
☒ Social Recognition
☐ Formal recognition
☐ Political recognition
Level of influence of your tool
Target group(s) for the tool
☒ Youth workers
☒ Youth leaders
☒ Young people
☒ Youth organizations
☐ People from different social clusters
☐ Higher Education Institutions
To what problem does this tool target?
The self-assessment and campaigning tool aim to help the volunteers know the extent of their abilities and to improve upon them. Secondly, campaigning should be done for the promotion of the self-assessment and the importance to do so in youth work.
One of the most powerful key performance indicators of our youth clubs is the evaluation. In this case, a self-assessment of our individuals who consist the youth clubs has never been done before. When properly done, the self-assessment can make our organisation’s process more effective, open up constructive communication between staff, youth leaders, youth workers and volunteers, and provide several key benefits to the organisation and to the community as a domino effect of self-awareness and then group-awareness.
How does the tool work?
The self-assessment tool is for youth workers and volunteers working with young people in youth clubs to reflect on their capabilities and enhance them wherever relevant.
1. The tool involves 10 assessment criteria in the areas of:
COMMUNITY AND YOUTH
COOPERATION WITH LOCAL OPERATORS
INFLUENCING LOCAL ISSUES
DIGITAL ASPECTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
CONTACT WITH YOUNG PEOPLE
ENABLING ACTIVITIES INITIATED BY YOUNG PEOPLE
2. Each of the criteria has 4 levels to be assessed, which are poor, satisfactory, good, excellent.
Ideally, it takes 40-50 minutes to think and assess your performance in all the criteria, but if you want to take time and think more, go ahead.
3. After completion of the grids with “X”, there are 4 main questions the tool want you to answer as open questions summing up your above answers.
WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS?
WHICH VALUES DRIVE YOU?
HOW DO YOU ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE IN DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES?
IF THERE IS AN ISSUE/PROBLEM/CHALLENGE, IS THERE ANYWHERE YOU CAN ASK HELP/ADVICE FROM? IF YES, WHERE?
4. Take time to reflect on what areas do you want to improve your competences. Which non-formal education or support do you need in order to reach better recognition. What can you do with your peer youth workers or volunteers?
The tool is good when used in the framework of a campaign for recognition. Here are several steps:
Make an online campaign of recognition. Mainly this is the first stage, where you do awareness-raising among young people of your youth clubs. Example, of our online social media challenge, is #YouthWorkMatters, you can find with the hashtag on social media.
Offline meetings with volunteers and youth workers of youth clubs. You may want to download and have with you the printed copies of this tool. In the context where you explain the recognition and validation of non-formal learning process, the tool is more effective to use, as youth workers get the motivation for ‘why do the self-assessment’. Usually, young people are more enthusiastic to enhance their performance, when the society claps and values, recognizes their hard work.
Give a period of campaigning for them, where youth workers can do some actions for their youth work’s social recognition.
Meet again with them for double assessment and compare their previous self-assessment. You may start thinking of formal recognition as well at this stage.
How can we create a new situation and bring change by using the tool?
The benefit of the tool is the increased involvement in the process of assessing strengths and areas in need of improvement, identify discrepancies between people, and to conduct a more constructive evaluation meeting, thus increasing commitment to the strategic planning of the youth clubs, as well as the organisation as a whole.
It can be used for the youth clubs when they recruit new members and after a period of time, do it again and compare results and see how the individual has changed and what the effect is on the team.
Who does the validation?
The assessor from the youth club and the youth workers and volunteers together in cooperation.