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
We started using a dynamic in a small group to work on the aspects that I think that have to do with empowerment, such as: self-esteem, dignity, responsibility, and confidence. The aim of this dynamic is to make young people reflect and give meaning to these words. The dynamic starts by writing these words on small pieces of paper. We suggest a role playing game where everybody gives a piece of paper to their mates and tells them:
“I give you my dignity” “I give you my self-esteem”, etc.
After, the ones that have the papers of the others leave the room and the rest is left without “dignity”, “self-esteem” or “confidence”
How do we feel now, without these elements that allow us to be empowered? When the rest of the group comes back in, we do it the other way around and say:
“My dignity only depends on me”,
“my self-esteem only depends on me”, etc.