The partners have a great wealth of a) practices and methodologies to use new media (coding, digital storytelling, online journalism and social media) as a means for empowerment of disadvantaged target groups and b) practices and methodologies to foster social inclusion of non-EU nationals. The pooling of those resources has enormous potential if a programme and methodology is developed that is specifically tailored to the empower third country nationals and to foster their active participation in cultural, social and informal educational activities. This entails careful selection of tools such as creative workshops to boost skills, but also development of guidelines for practitioners on how to coach and mentor (potentially vulnerable) participants to boost confidence.
It is essential for the WELCOME project staff to learn to use programme contents, methodology and guidelines before piloting it with the target group. A phase where staff members can exchange information and train each other in a peer learning process is planned at a meeting in Athens. Time for self-study of the programme and its materials with support from the other partners has been included for project staff as the training in Athens will not be sufficient to get a full grasp of the content.
Piloting of the programme in two tiers by staff with young third country nationals is important to a) have a direct impact on the target groups and stakeholders and b) get field experience implementing the program to evaluate and further develop it.
The direct impact on target groups will entail improved skills and active engagement of young participants and mixed groups of their peers and EU nationals to use new media to foster exchanges between communities involved.
Dissemination and awareness raising is essential to a) get other organisations to adopt the methodology and b) raise awareness about the need for more inclusive activities in stakeholder organisations.