Validating and approbating an innovative system for activating inactive young people.

This activity represents the third stage in the introducing of the social innovation. A number of 15-20 young people who are inactive, non-working and are neither in education, nor in training will be selected through different approaches. The activity includes a visit to the places where they spend most of their time. The focus will be on their motivation to participate in activities which will stimulate their desire to engage in labor, as a guarantee for successful implementation of the social innovation and their integration into the labor market.

The Polish experience shows that in order to get successful results and employment, the approach must be individual, interactive, supportive and with trust cooperation. The social rules and techniques that led to the youth’s inactivity cannot be used for their activation. The European commission states that the increase in the share of long-term youth unemployment is mostly related to the limited scope of the activation programs. The innovative practice relies on the activation of the target group through support, mediation, creating relationships based on trust, using innovative techniques, inclusion of the target group in the process.

It is hard for state institutions to reach these young people because they are often not registered in the Bureau of Labor or other database. Their negative life experience has made them disheartened and unmotivated and they’ve accepted the role of victims with no intention to participate in the labor market.

Working with these young people will help them get involved in useful group and individual activities which represent the first step of their integration into the labor market. Meetings with specialists are going to help them process the negative life experiences and create new skills, necessary for their integration into labor. They will overcome their fears and lack of motivation and the feeling that things cannot change for the better. They will establish new skills such as persistence, confidence, innovative ways to finding solutions, team work etc. For the purposes of the activity will be developed innovative learning materials, a handbook and a Passport of success.

Conducting social experiments with young people will provide valuable information about the appliance of the innovative system and its progress. Part of the seminars will be carried out in non-state-owned spaces, which facilitates the creating of trust relationships with the group. Activities in the public open space represent a good European practice related to informal methods. The approach to taking photos and making videos about personal achievements, as well as personal documentation of the process of change will both contribute to the inclusion of young people as “participants in the process”- that is one of the stated recommendations of EK to the country for inclusion and activation of inactive youth.