#PJstories – Interview with Paweł Żelazny

Paweł Żelazny participated in the Training Course “The NEET Challenge” organized by PROJUVEN in Torremolinos, Spain

Hello Paweł! Can you give us your opinion about the project “The NEET Challenge“?

I am glad to say that I have been part of the training course “The NEET Challenge”, which took place in Torremolinos. The project was organized on June 22-30, 2021, and to be honest, it was the best project I have ever experienced. Our topic was very interesting and our sessions were conducted in a very pleasant non-formal way. I have learned a lot about NEETs and their situation around Europe. I really liked the training methods because everything was focused on teamwork, creative, and special approach to work. The tasks to perform were also interesting and urged to expand. The accommodation and its high quality was a big surprise for me as well. In conclusion, I really appreciate the great effort made by the PROJUVEN association.

According to you, what support works best for young people at risk of becoming NEET?

In my opinion, the problem of NEETs is very large and we should try to reduce it as much as possible in order to neutralize its negative aspects for the entire European Union. I am of the opinion that young people are very ambitious these days, so the thing that they might need is an awareness of the opportunities they have in their local environment, that can contribute to their development. We should ask young people about their goals and we have to make them feel understood, giving them a chance to learn how they can achieve their dreams. We need to show them tools that they can use as well as inspire them with examples of others. Therefore, the best way to encourage individuals at risk to become NEET, in my opinion, is to educate them about their enormous potential.

 What is the most important thing you have learned during the training? How do you plan to share and use your knowledge?

Thanks to the project, I learned a lot about the possibility of using digital platforms on the Internet to activate NEETs. Moreover, I would like to underline that the project made me aware of the problem itself. The best part of the training was to learn about different situations of NEET across Europe. I am going to take part in a discussion in my NGO. Mainly, we will discuss ideas about setting up special projects targeting NEETs that can help them get out of this situation, because their participation can contribute to the beneficial effects that will pay off for creating a better local society.

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