CHLaYdoscope Training Course “European Youth Leaders Academy”

The CHLaYdoscope Training Course “European Youth Leaders Academy”, organised by DYPALL Network, took place from 22nd – 28th October 2023 in Portimão, Portugal. The training aimed to explore innovative methodologies and tools that collaborate to transform community needs, opportunities, and ideas into valuable resources, fostering an entrepreneurial mindset. Additionally, its objective is to amplify community impact and stakeholder engagement by addressing local challenges and formulating impactful projects, services, and policies.

Throughout the event, participants engaged in a series of enriching activities to explore the vital aspects of meaningful youth participation. Initially, they delved into understanding the opportunities for young people in Portimão by collaborating with the local association Modo and visiting ‘Loja Ponto JA’.

Led by Warehouse Hub, ECHN, and PiNA, discussions centered around identifying the root causes of the scarcity of youth spaces in Portimão. Together, participants offered innovative solutions to address this issue. A notable discussion focused on the main characteristics of community leaders and users, complemented by an insightful visit to the Museum of Portimão.

With facilitation by ECHN, participants mapped out stakeholders related to the challenge of creating new spaces for youth in Portimão. Warehouse Hub and Materahub stressed the importance of creativity, guiding participants in a creative process to develop a product vision for their solutions and using Creative Project Canvas, a helpful tool for aspiring entrepreneurs, startuppers, artists, creatives, facilitators, trainers and mentors. They presented their ideas, exchanging thoughts and feedback within groups.

Following the creative process, the participants gained valuable insights into delivering effective pitches with TAATO. They showcased their ideas to stakeholders, including municipal representatives, local associations, and digital nomads, focusing on fostering community collaboration. Subsequently, participants transitioned to the following phase, ready to implement their knowledge and skills within their local communities through the local labs.

The project is led by materahub (Italy) in cooperation with DYPALL Network, Generazione lucana (Italy), Warehouse Hub (Italy), European Creative Hubs Network (Greece), Kulturno izobraževalno društvo PiNA (Slovenia) and The Artist and the Others (The Netherlands).