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 Jose Alonso Represa. I was born in and live in the Raval district of Barcelona. I have been working as a social educator for more than 25 years, specializing in the field of guidance and job finding. Much of my professional career has been spent at the Casal d'infants (children’s centre) del Raval and at the Fundació Èxit where I continue to collaborate today.
At the moment I’m working as a social consultant and trainer specialized in guidance methodologies (skills, employability, tutorial action), labour mediation and corporate volunteering. In addition to the Fundació Exit, I collaborate with the Diputació de Barcelona (Government body) giving guidance talks and carrying out training for people looking for work with different town councils and with the Associació Adonar de València."
November 28th, 2018
ARE THERE LIMITS TO ERRORS?
You are 18 years-old, and you live with your parents in the country you were born in, in the language you grew up with, and with the cultural codes you were raised with. Your parents have laid out some norms in the house: You have to keep your room tidied, help with the housework, be doing something either working or studying, you can’t bring friends over if they’re not there or smoke in your room and a lot less joints, you can’t get home drunk. If you break these rules regularly, you’ll face consequences.
You are 18 years-old, and you live in a foster home away from your parents, in a language you’ve learned in the past 12 months, and with different cultural codes to the ones you grew up with. Your tutors have laid out some norms in the house: You have to keep your room tidied, help with the housework, be doing something either working or studying, you can’t bring friends over if they’re not there or smoke in your room and a lot less joints, you can’t get home drunk. If you break these norms regularly, you face consequences.
Most likely, in the first case the consequences will be taking away your phone, no pocket money or a more serious action, but that won’t imply separation, and it will always bring new opportunities.
In the second case, the consequences are already set, and if the norms are broken, the consequences are living in the streets, with no money or survival means.
Limits exist for everybody, the opportunities are the ones that often make the difference.