About the project

The current society is torn by one crisis after another – when we finally started to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine started, which more or less affected the whole world, but especially Europe. Among other things, as a result of the war, we are facing huge inflation causing a widespread increase in the price of all goods and services.

Every day, we are exposed to all kinds of disinformation, hoaxes, and conspiracies spread across the online space (mainly social media), the aim of which is to undermine democracy and the unity of the European Union. Society is the most polarised in decades, people are becoming radicalised, populism rules politics, many families and friends are torn apart. In addition, all these crises and hopelessness cause anxiety, depression, and other mental difficulties that many of us suffer from. But don’t be hopeless, nothing is lost yet!

The Erasmus+ training “Tick Off the Challenges, Be a Role Model” helped participants figure out how to work with youth in these difficult times, how to facilitate debate and discussion in such a polarised atmosphere, and find a remedy to help young people and themselves stay positive and motivated to strive for the better tomorrow and maintain good work, community, friendship, and family relationships.

This non-formal learning activity was part of the Erasmus+ Accredited projects in the field of youth. Information about European Dialogue’s accreditation is also available on the Erasmus+ Dissemination Platform.


  1. Provide participants with competences in the fields of prevention and resolution of conflicts in collectives, ethics in youth work and diplomatic communication, mental health and well-being, and media literacies.
  2. Provide participants with resources and know-how that will help them solve problems, find solutions, and create new projects.
  3. Improve participants’ skills in elaborating their visions and plans.
  4. Assist participants in expanding their networks and building new partnerships and empower them to be multipliers who inspire their peers and colleagues.

About the activity

Call for participants – Slovak

The 8-days training took place from 10th to 17th July 2023 (including two travel days) in Trnava-Hrnčiarovce nad Parnou, Slovakia. Participants came from Slovakia and from countries where partners are based. The partners of the training were Scambieuropei (Italy), Forum Młodych Dyplomatów, (Poland), Celje Youth Center (Slovenia), The Future Now Association (Bulgaria), Children- and Youth Parliament (CYP) Charlottenburg – Wilmersdorf (Germany), Inednet (Armenia), and Anglo-American University (Czech Republic).

The training consisted of seminars, workshops, study visits, and group/individual work. Here you can download full final programme of the week for an inspiration.

Participants acquired a wide range of competences corresponding to current trends in youth work related to different challenges and problems the world faces nowadays. They also explored various opportunities that can help them in their personal life and development of their professional career.

Final materials created by participants

During the training, the participants worked individually or in groups and wrote stories – based on their personal or organisational experience – of difficult situations they faced in the work work and how they approached and solved them.

Final publication featuring all stories written by participants is available here.

Resources shared by trainers and organisers

Impressions from the training

You can check the pictures on our social media, or in the gallery.

European Dialogue / Európsky Dialóg, o.z.

Financed by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, KA1 – Mobility of young people for accredited organisations, through its Slovak National Agency – NIVAM.

Participants of the training can receive LinkedIn certificate. If you are one of them, please write to m.maska@europskydialog.eu for details that are needed to complete the certificate.