The European Project CREUS is providing a new approach focusing on ‘unconventional spaces’ to support the transversal skills of disadvantaged and unemployed young people (16-24 years-old) to maximize their potential in terms of fostering social, cultural and economic inclusion through access to initial VET and labor markets.
The project is supporting mentors and peer mentors across Europe to develop their vocational skills when they are supporting young people in non-formal and unusual settings.“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center participated in the implementation of CREUS project as one of the seven partners who joined in this amazing journey!
We are excited to share that the project which ended in February 2020, has been high evaluated from the UK Erasmus+ National Agency that ranked it with 83/100 assessment score. On the Final Report Outcome, it is reported: “The website provides a repository of information about the project including a range of tools and resources developed as part of the IOs also sharing the approach and model of peer mentoring in unconventional spaces. Overall, 25 peer mentors and 138 young people were involved as mentees during the testing period. Feedback suggests that the experience has been positive and it is encouraging that some challenges have also been acknowledged”.
Furthermore, thanks to its innovative way of mentoring, CREUS received the Good Practice Award by the European Commission due to its creative, non-formal learning in unconventional spaces, that helped in developing and nurturing the vocational transversal skills of disadvantaged young people. (more info here)
Finally, the CREUS project coordinators have created the CREUS Practitioner Guide as a useful outcome that can be consulted by everyone interested in learning more about the practices implemented during the CREUS project and how to replicate them.
CREUS Practitioner Guide is divided in to three sections which refer to the CREUS Background and initiative, the CREUS Curriculum (fundamental skills, knowledge, and competences mentors require to be successful and effective in their practice) and the Tools & Resources which is a selection of resources used by peer mentors to develop and deliver arts, cultural and creative projects in unconventional spaces, working with peer mentees.
CREUS is a project co-financed by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Commission (ref. 2017-1-UK01-KA202-036681)