European Youth Health Champions

The 2 year project, lead by StreetGames UK is a strategic partnership under the EU’s Erasmus+ programme supporting innovation and exchange of good practice in peer education of young people in health and physical activity. In particular, the project will focus on non-formal learning in peer health education that uses community sport and physical activity as the primary method of initial engagement with young people with fewer opportunities across Europe.

This project incorporates an experienced group of eight partners from six countries, which are UK, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, and Malta. 

The project has three main outcomes;
• Share and collate best practice of peer education of young people in health and physical activity, which will be published as a research report
• Training and learner resources underpinned by the research
• Online learning portal for the finished project resources and training materials

The project will include a 5 day test event residential in the UK in 2018, bringing together 60 young people from across the partner countries to test the training materials and a dissemination conference in early 2019.

The first partner’s meeting took place in Mechelen Belgium in June of 2017 and the second will be hosted by Agenzija Zghazagh in Malta in November 2017.

As part of this project the partners conducted a survey with youth leaders and young peer educators between the ages of 14 and 25 on the knowledge and skills that they think that peer educators should possess and what methods of training would work best to pass them on to potential peer educators. This was followed by a number of focus groups to obtain more in-depth feedback from young people. 

The second European Youth Health Champions project partners meeting took place in Malta between the 21 and 22nd of November 2017 at Agenzija Zghazagh’s Youth Village in St. Venera. The partners were presented with the research findings on good practices in peer health education. A discussion on the key components of the training for peer health educators that would be piloted during the blended mobility to be held in the UK in July 2018 followed. The partners had the possibility to visit the Youth.Inc programme and to explore Mdina by night during their visit. The next steps of the project involve the finalisation of the research report, the development of the training programme and the identification of the young people who will participate in the blended mobility.



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