When, during the Comp-Pass training course in Italy, we focused among youth workers on the difficulties and consequent strategies needed to reach and involve NEETs in the activities, we were absolutely right in considering it the challenge in the project!
You cannot simply advertise an opportunity like the REAL-E lab, expecting that it will be sufficient to rise their interest and motivate them to be part of it. A big part of our experience has been to engage an entire local territory to reach them. We refer in our case to local partners that were already involved in Youth Guarantee programme, focused specifically on NEETs.
Contradictions, this is the keyword that marked all the laboratory. Even if conditions, atmosphere and engagement of participants were changing constantly, from one meeting to the other, the lab had a large number of tools and activities able to keep the process going on. A board game with so many options! An e-portfolio with so many spaces! To make a step back to my past to tell my story in the future to an undefined public!
Let’s talk about numbers…
7 meetings composed the REAL-E lab Italy
3 hours lasting each (21 hours in total)
12 participants concluded the laboratory
5 males and 7 females
11 video-stories have been finalized
10 e-portfolio have been realised
The locations used for the meeting have been the 2 youth centres Myo Spazio and Linkiostro in Rome as informal spaces to realize the activities.
The REAL-E method has an enormous amount of tools and possibility to cope with the diversity and the peculiarity of the target group is addressed to. The dimension of positive approach of the E-Portfolio Comp-Pass in “valorising what we have already” versus the usual e-portfolios that finally facilitate to “spotlighting what is missed” helped a lot to reassure the participants. The creative solutions adopted thanks to the stop motion technique, that allowed participants also not to appear in person in the video (cutting out images, drawing…), facilitate the transmission of the personal dimension of the stories, which otherwise they would have lived as traumatic.
It would be really interesting in the next future also to test Comp-Pass REAL-E Lab in a residential form for other target groups (such as adults) or in schools integrated in the didactic pathway.