How do we work?

How do we work?

YouthME includes all theoretical and practical knowledge gathered in the last 10 years, from research and consultancies conducted by Group IFAM in the field of immigrant youth (Unaccompanied Minors and Sons/ Daughters of immigrant families).

 

 

YouthME aims to become an innovative approach targeting young immigrants at social risk in Europe. The Project’s methodology is based on 7 principles that guide each of its activities and define it as:

- Participatory.

- Reflexive.

- Creative.

- Emotional.

- Shared.

- Built in group.

- And socially transformative.

 

Approaches and Contributions

YouthME presents a proposal for personal and group growth, which turns into social transformation and it feeds from the contributions and good practices of: Reflect-action, the Video-therapy and Participative-video.

a) Reflect-action. The approach is based on collective construction aimed at action and focuses its attention on “the logic of the transformation processes of human beings”. It tackles the subjective and objective dimensions of problems in an integrated way. The starting point for this conscious transformation process is the experiences of the different members of the group, using techniques that favor participation, involvement and empowerment. It facilitates the analysis of the situation so that finally the group can take action in the specific topic on which it is working. Via the creation of democratic spaces and the construction and interpretation of materials/creations generated by the group, the protagonists develop their own multidimensional analysis of local and global reality, redefining power relationships, in both the public and private sphere. Therefore, the group itself manages to generate possibilities for social transformation. It is a methodology based on continuous processes of reflection and action; the participants acquire power themselves to work for a fairer and more just society. This methodology is progressive and procedural and it contemplates the following stages: self-knowledge and identity, we as people, immediate environment, social environment, understanding of the transformation process, and re-positioning of the group. For more information see http://www.reflect-action.org/

b) Video-therapy is a working method aimed at personal growth, based on current audiovisual technologies, group techniques and the tools of Gestalt Therapy. The objective of video-therapy is the exploration of self-concept from a human perspective and without judgments. The exploration consists of seeing the distance between what we believe we are, what others believe we are and what we really are. In any case, it should be said that the Workshop is not proposed as a space for group therapy.

c) Participative-video is a methodology that consists of accompanying training processes in audiovisual theory and technique with those in alternative communication, which allows different groups to create participative social documentaries. It allows the people who participate in the creative process to analyze the society around them and involve themselves in its transformation; it aims for community self-development in topics related with the promotion of social justice, sustainability, gender equity, the defense of human rights, etc.