We Solve The Problem Tree
The third day of the training course was dedicated to the youth needs assessment in the communities of participants. Youngsters, municipality and NGO representatives in their country groups had painted their community map the day before. The objective of creating the community map was to identify where the young people are.
The problem tree of youth non-participation, together with the solution tree was used as a methodology of two steps for identifying main challenges, core problems, issues along with their causes and effects, helping project participants to formulate clear and manageable objectives and the strategies of how to achieve them.
Though problem trees were different, they still had things in common: lack of motivation of young people caused by lack of information about existing opportunities, lack of financial power, unemployment, exclusion of youngsters from policy-making, lack of cooperation with young people, language barrier, Tokenism, lack of governmental support, lack of opportunities, radicalization, stereotype about the youth center - it's a place for just hanging out.
After the session, participants came up with solution trees - defining the possible ways of solving the above mentioned problems. Promoting existing opportunities from the side of municipalities and NGOs, promoting youth work, creating more spaces for youth, promoting education were the key aspects.