HOPE ist bei Juropa nicht nur ein Schlagwort, sondern erfahrbar! Tausende von Kindern, Teenagern und Jugendlichen bezeugen, dass sie durch Youngstars feste Hoffnung für ihr ganzes Leben erhielten. GO and GIVE your best for HOPE and GET IT!
Hunderte von Kindern, Teenagern und Jugendlichen wurden diesen Sommer durch Youngstars-Freizeiten und Kurse begeistert. Dies durch den enormen ehrenamtlichen Einsatz vieler MitarbeiterInnen. Ihnen gilt ein grosses DANKEschön! Juropa setzt sich ein, dass diese MitarbeiterInnen in ihrem tollen Engagement ermutigt, inspiriert, begleitet und mit Wissen und dem nötigen Material ausgerüstet werden. In Kooperation mit Youngstars International investieren wir in mehreren Ländern, dass nationale Youngstars Organisationen entstehen und wachsen.
Unser gemeinsame Ziel: Jedes Kind hat die Möglichkeit eine Youngstarsgruppe zu besuchen! Das sich die Investitionen langfristig lohnen, zeigt sich am Beispiel des 10 jährigen Jubiläums in Ungarn:
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If churches are interested, we have a training- with various goals but first and foremost to let people know and experience what Jungschar is. The concrete elements are biblical stories, games and an overall message to be discovered in reflection and/or being brought up by a leader. The whole should be connected and appear as a single unit to the children. Further the course addresses fundamental topics and the Jungschar-specific under- standing of pedagogy, leadership and the personal Christian life of the participants and potential leaders. The course aspires to make all these topics as interactive and participatory as possible. The assumption is that by teaching all these blocks the participants develop an idea for what Jungschar is. The Jungschar-spirit cannot simply be captured by combining the elements of the course. For it to come alive, become 3 dimensional the participants appreciated to hear stories and examples. Further there was a risk that we overwhelm the participants with the intensive course and especially the more abstract foundations. We wanted to ensure that they have a positive (emotional) experience, otherwise they would likely not be motivated to become part of Perlas. During the course it seemed that the participants understood that playing a little game is a necessary part of Perlas. Their games were very simple and straight-forward. This is not necessarily bad, but they were too short. It is not easy to understand and without any experience almost impossible to imagine that a good game could take up to an hour and feature different tasks. If people never experienced larger, more complex games it seems that they have to be slowly introduced to this concept. For this purpose, Nelsy and I sketched out a game that has 4 levels of complexity, leading from a simple version of catch (Fangis) up to a classic “Geländespiel”. It is necessary to visualize plans, preparations and games on paper or in practice. Because of their lack of experience, new leaders cannot “simulate” or imagine a game in their heads to see whether it might work or if there are additional rules necessary. Further preferred leaders in the course and the summer school turn-based playing, where one child of each group was active at the time instead of everybody at the same time.
Managing the emotions of participants is quite important. If they do not enjoy the course, they will not be motivated to become leaders of the Perlas. There are multiple ways we experienced and learned to ensure a good atmosphere and lower the stress and fear for the participants. •Don’t worry! Participants may be nervous and afraid of the new, perhaps complicated teachings that they face during the next three days. Through assuring them that we will have a good time together, games to start the day and prayer together they can relax and feel safe in the group. • Create structure. Telling and showing the participants the program of the course, helps them to know the program for the day. •Tell a fun story as an example. Many things were easier to understand as a story instead of theory. • Let the participants speak and share. The women liked to share own experiences and opinions in connection with the course topics. Often the discussions could have lasted a long time, therefore moderating them was important. ... mehrweniger
4th day ICT Romania 2019 Instructor and Coach Training/ Youngstars International. Today we went „back to the roots“ From the fruits back to the roots. Who are we really? What mades us what we are? And we heard and are getting to know the freedom in christ in us.