Competence Domain B Quiz: Community Animateur-specific Competences

Community Animateur-specific Competences are the unique competences that Community Animateurs need to carry out their role. Within this role, the Community Animateur acts as a ‘Social Mediator’, bridging the gap between young people who feel they’ve been left on ‘on the margins’ and ‘mainstream’ institutions. Animateurs organize actions that allow disconnected institutions – like schools, youth organisations, local businesses and civil society actors – to work together. They design and co-ordinate development programmes for young people. They build on the resources of the community to develop, in collaboration with young people, social innovations aimed at solving problems in the community. To carry out this role, Community Animateurs need a set of core competences around things like information gathering, provision, guidance and advice; empowering young people to to learn and develop; applying intercultural understanding to support young people in expanding their meaningful relationships; networking, partnership-building and active engagement in communities.

The Quiz

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Competence Area B1: Organising and Managing Information and Resources
I recognize that young people have particular needs for information and can help young people find relevant sources of information to address these needs.

Competence Area B1: Organising and Managing Information and Resources
I understand how to choose and design appropriate methods for collecting, interpreting and disseminating information (Data, Resources, Research Findings etc.)

Competence Area B1: Organising and Managing Information and Resources
I know which sources of information should be used to address the different knowledge needs of young people in different situations and can use this information to support the social inclusion of young people

Competence Area B2.: Mapping, Networking and Mediation
I understand that young people can belong to and identify with different groups and communities at any one time and can help young people to work productively with these different ‘belongings’

Competence Area B2.: Mapping, Networking and Mediation
I can use information management skills and ethnographic techniques to map community structures, stakeholder groups and the lifeworlds of young people

Competence Area B2.: Mapping, Networking and Mediation
I can apply identity-related theory and practice to working with different community groups and use appropriate tools and methods to support young people in deconstructing and reconstructing reality (tackling stereotypes, prejudices, assumptions, etc.)

Competence Area B2.: Mapping, Networking and Mediation
I recognise that different community positions and perspectives are of equal importance and can work with different stakeholder groups in communities to establish relationships and collaborative working

Competence Area B2.: Mapping, Networking and Mediation
I understand that ‘culture’ is a dynamic, complex process that can lead to conflict situations in young people’s communities and I know how to manage these conflicts

Competence Area B3: Advice, Guidance and Support
I am aware of the the various dimensions and elements of active listening and non-verbal communication and use this awareness to give full attention to what other people are saying and expect, take time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate, and not interrupt at inappropriate times.

Competence Area B3: Advice, Guidance and Support
I understand different methods and approaches towards working with diverse groups of young people and apply this understanding to enable cooperation among different young people within a group

Competence Area B3: Advice, Guidance and Support
I am aware of the problems and issues young people face and reasons why young people react as they do within a given context and use this awareness to work with young people to help them deal with the ups and downs of life and other developmental and life changes

Competence Area B3: Advice, Guidance and Support
I consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to help young people make informed choices and decisions

Competence Area B4: Delivering participation programmes
I have an understanding of project design and planning methods and practices and apply these to design projects to support young people’s development and civic participation

Competence Area B4: Delivering participation programmes
I combine knowledge of principles and various methods for the development of young people’s creativity and talent with teaching and learning know-how to run collaborative projects and programmes to maximize young people’s creativity and talent

Competence Area B4: Delivering participation programmes
I can identify, access and utilise appropriate resources to support collaborative working in development projects and programmes

Competence Area B4: Delivering participation programmes
I apply knowledge of the dynamics of participation and development processes to support young people in identifying and meeting participation and development needs and overcoming any barriers

Competence Area B5: Empowering young people
I apply principles of participatory / emancipatory / empowerment pedagogy to work with young people to explore radical and emancipatory ways of changing their situation

Competence Area B5: Empowering young people
I understand factors that support and block young people’s creativity and apply these understandings to run projects and activities that enable young people to solve problems in radical ways, including blending creative and mainstream learning and development methods and practices