The aim of the Cre8ive Project is to support innovation in education for youth-at-risk by supporting the continuous professional development of youth workers and education professionals working with young people.
The project developed, tested and piloted a suite of train-the-trainer materials that introduce youth workers and education staff to the use of digital media, storytelling, drama and music for the development of key competences with youth-at-risk.
As a project team of seven organisations, representing Romania, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Portugal, Greece and Bulgaria, we chose to use the creative arts as our engagement methodology as we believed them to be attractive to many young people and can be used as an alternative and robust educational environment for the acquisition of key competences. They are especially useful for embedded learning and intuitive learning processes and are diverse enough to provide something of interest for almost all potential students, even the most reluctant.
Cre8ive encouraged youth workers and educators, through our pilot training programmes, to harness the potential of these creative tools to support the re-integration of disadvantaged youth to formal education or employment and their progression as valued members of European society.
The new courseware and toolkit are freely available through this web platform to support youth workers and adult educators to make full use of each of these creative areas. The CRE8IVE toolkit comprising 21 embedded-learning and enquiry-based learning resources supports the acquisition of social and civic competence, digital competence, cultural awareness and expression, literacy, numeracy, entrepreneurship and critical thinking amongst youth at risk and young people.