Storytelling as an aid to unemployed youth​

Storytelling as an aid to unemployed youth

During the European Power of Art project, which we conducted in collaboration with our sister organisation DW-RS productions, we used storytelling to promote the innovation, employment and growth of culturally diverse and disadvantaged communities. Together with our partners we use our different creative means (such as dance, music and photography), but our focus here is on storytelling: what makes this so valuable?

Developing Soft skills through storytelling

First of all, we encourage young people to develop different life skills and competences in the field of creativity and entrepreneurship. We do this by involving them in training, cultural initiatives and volunteering in local and international contexts. We encourage young people to make a positive contribution to their own development and that of others, with an impact on their understanding of global citizenship. We do this by making personal stories.

With entrepreneurial skills you should think along the lines of critical thinking, learn to learn, solve problems and the ability to work together. These are skills that are essential to prepare people for today’s, varied and increasingly unpredictable career paths. All those skills and competences can be developed through storytelling.

In addition storytelling contributes to a strong development of a person’s individual identity and is therefore an important factor in social inclusion in sustainable professional development. By delivering and developing intercultural stories, young people build their professional capacity.

Creativity applied as a source of identity and innovation
Creativity applied as a source of identity and innovation

Different disciplines

The common goal of projects such as the Power of Art is to develop a method (partly based on our already existing Share to Connect method) and to share it with youth workers throughout the European Union. We want to enable them to use storytelling in an effective and responsible way in non-formal, soft skill learning projects. You will find more about this in our training for youth workers , but you can also take a look at our Share to Connect method

Interested in our Power of Art project? Take a look at our showcases or contact us.

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