Empowerment is a continuous, infinite journey. The circle you will see next aims to be its representation. In it are situated, in the form of coloured circumferences, the different stages of the empowerment process that ten professionals in the field of education have defined with their thoughts and reflections. By selecting them, you will be able to see what stage they refer to and you will discover the materials made to describe it.
The different colours correspond to three types of resources:
The green circumferences contain pages from field journals.
The orange ones, audio-visual pieces on specific topics, recorded by the educators themselves.
The yellow ones contain fragments of four focus groups where participants shared experiences.
Through these materials, you will be able to delve into the meaning of a term as abstract and multifaceted as that of youth empowerment; circulating through its stages, from prior reflection to the evaluation of the results obtained.
In the menu on the top right, you can learn more about the project and also access an archive of the materials, where you can filter them by specific concepts and interests.
This page has been elaborated following the recommendations of the use of non-sexist language. Therefore, as far as possible, we have used generic expressions that include gender diversity.
"My name is Laura Muñoz and I've been a social educator for more than 10 years, by both vocation and conviction. My passion is being able to accompany people in improving their quality of life and to promote their empowerment and independence.
In recent years, I have directed my work towards young people working in the UEC (Shared Schooling Unit), in the supervised apartment accommodation for the promotion of independence, in the Espai Jove, a centre for young people, and as a technical expert for occupational and training guidance in programs of the SOC (Catalan Employment Office) in the Garantia Juvenil (Youth program) such as the Centre for new opportunities and the Singulars project. I am currently the person responsible for youth employment in Palafrugell Town Council and I support young people in improving their employability in order to encourage them to enter the work market.”
December 10th 2018
Which elements do I strengthen and have in mind so young people can feel empowered?
First of all, we have to be critical about the toxicity of external messages that we receive constantly. On that regard:
1) I give the tools to decipher and separate the messages that are constructive, that encourage us and empower us vs. the messages that are disruptive, and shake our personal power, and therefore, the confidence in ourselves.
2) I develop dynamics to make awareness that each of them is responsible for taking care of their own power and giving power to others.
Boosting people’s sense of personal responsibility is very important so they don’t succumb to victimhood (for example: “I think society makes me feel that about myself so I don’t believe in myself…”) and encourage empowerment.
What kind of impact do I have, can or want to have on these young people?
My role is to open the door so that empowerment can happen and walk with them during the process. One of my techniques is to see the teenagers through an empowered perspective, that is, looking at their power and strengths. If I look at them from this perspective, I encourage them to be aware of their own power. To be aware or not of their empowerment is entirely up to them; I’m only the person that “opens the door and walks with them”.