Digitale aims at gathering 24 youth workers and young leader from various European countries and presenting them the concept of digital storytelling. Participants will have a chance to explore the positive impact it can have when used as a method of working with marginalized youth and the general audience, to promote diversity and inclusion. Digital storytelling is based on the assumption that every person has a unique story to be told and shared with the others. It is a modern extension of the art of storytelling that has been an important part of social interactions since the very birth of humanity. However, in the modern world where we people are constantly exposed to the flood of information, we tend to forget how reflecting on personal experiences and sharing them with others can be beneficial for one’s personal development. The digital storytelling is the concept that combines two crucial aspects – the power of creating personal narratives and our modern need to “go digital”, giving people a chance to tell their stories in a creative ways that involve using their digital skills.

Digitale aims to offer alternative sources of expression for queer youth by exploring digital storytelling with youth workers using photo, video, sound design, editing, script writing, storytelling and social media strategies.

From the 5th to the 18th of September 2018, 24 youth workers and artists from France, Poland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany and Denmark will participate in a training Course in Brivezac, France. Together they will share personal and professional experiences and explore the potential of digital storytelling as a tool for youth work to engage marginalized youngsters and the general public in personal development, mutual understanding, inclusion and active participation. Through workshops, which will merge non-formal and informal learning methods, the participants will develop work tools that enable them to address the need of their specific target groups.

Our methodology is based on experiential learning, interdisciplinary exchange, outdoor education and non-formal education principles. Participants will learn through testing their designed methods and reflecting upon the experience. Using participatory approach we encourage the exchange of experience between the participants and with the local community, fostering peer learning. In this project we will also use the theme centred interaction approach, which encourages participants to better perceive connections between themselves, the group, the topic and the environment while learning.

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