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communicating meaningfully skills

The single skills are summarised in different headlines that illustrate what “communicating meaningfully” means for youth workers skill-wise. The “cluster headlines” do not name skills as such; these can be found through clicking on the lists.

Some skills that youth workers need relate to feelings, emotions and deeper awareness. + -

That includes:

  • the ability to demonstrate empathy in a way that others can learn from it
  • the ability to deal with emotions and to ask for support when needed
  • knowing how to develop, adapt and apply methods that support awareness of one’s own identity and its intrinsic elements 
Support and encouragement are needed in order to create a space for meaningful communication. + -

To sustain that, youth workers need the ability to:

  • actively listen
  • encourage sharing and mutual support within the group
  • communicate at an eye level with everyone involved 
Also, language matters! + -

Thus another helpful skill is to:

  • speak another language than one’s mother tongue
The digital world of information and communication is an indispensable part of non-formal education. + -

Another skill for youth workers is:

  • the ability to deal with fake news and other information disorders in a way that others can learn from it

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