Youth for Exchange and Understanding Cyprus (YEU Cyprus) brought together 31 young people from 6 countries through a virtual youth exchange, setting this way a foundation on implementing youth mobilities of this nature using digital platforms. Throughout the dates of 16th to the 22nd of March, youngsters from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, North Macedonia, Romania and Poland, joined forces in order to spread awareness on problematic gambling by exploiting the results of a KA2 project under the title ‘BET your life’, creating a this way a follow up activity.
Specifically, the youth exchange aimed to improve the level of awareness of young people and marginalised youth, on the harmful consequences of problematic gambling. Furthermore, the youth exchange was set to promote methodologies based on non- formal education to prevent them from any mental addiction of gambling, as well as to improve the level of awareness of the harmful consequences that come with it. The team explored attitudes to gambling and risk, and recognition of problematic signs (red flags) that can occur in themselves or others. Participants increased and deepened their knowledge and awareness on the gambling realities in their local communities/countries and had the chance to learn about the situation and reality of the participating countries. Throughout the virtual exchange, the team elaborated on the role and influence of advertising and discussed new and effective ways to create interventions/workshops by developing socially responsible messages around the topic.
The non-formal education methodologies have been converted into digital activities, where participants were introduced to several interactive tools and concepts, and had opportunities to facilitate activities themselves during the online meetings, practising this way their application. All participants improved their digital skills and managed to stay creative throughout the duration of the project. Additionally, participants were introduced to communication skills and time management skills, something that gave them motivation to develop active participation, social and civil responsibility. The competence of empathy was developed, together with techniques, tips and methods for communicating non-formal learning, making this youth exchange a great success.
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