Report on the Young Mediator Capacity Building Training

October 21st, 2021

It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of the Report of the Young Mediator Capacity Building Training, a 3-day training programme, which, due to the pandemic, was implemented online by four project partners: Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. -JKPeV (Germany), KAINOTOMIA (Greece), CSC Danilo Dolci and Mine Vaganti (Italy). The trainings involved young people with and without migrant background from the partners’ countries and many othes.  The Young Mediator Capacity Building was based on non-formal and peer-learning methods, as well as on the PRIORITY methodology previously developed within the framework of the project.

The main objective of the Capacity Building was to empower young people and equip them with skills and knowledge, thus making them become young mediators and – at the same time – allowing them to reach out to their peers at risk of marginalisation and radicalisation, acting as multipliers of inclusion. Moreover, the training introduced the topic of intercultural mediation as a tool for integration and social inclusion.

The Young mediator Capacity Building Training aims were the following:

  • To enhance training capacity with the aim of supporting the inclusion of local and migrant/refugee youth.
  • To empower and equip young people with skills and knowledge in order to become young mediators who reach out young people at risk of marginalisation and radicalisation and act as a multiplier of inclusion.
  • To allow young people to learn how to use intercultural mediation as a tool for integration and social inclusion, by intervening actively in the social dialogue and by promoting a positive interaction based on active and effective listing.

The online training included a diversified team of learners from various European and non-European countries, age groups, with different skills and knowledge, and working in various fields, who were more than satisfied with achieving their personal objective of learning how to become a PRIORITY Young Mediator.

Thanks to the Young Mediator Capacity Building training, the participants discussed and shared their knowledge, skills and opinions on the following three main topics:

1: How to be a good Mediator: Participants had the chance to understand: 1) the concept of non-formal education and the difference between formal and non-formal education; 2) The role of a youth worker in social integration and inclusion; 3) Qualities and competences a mediator should possess in the 21st century to support and promote inclusion and social integration successfully.

 2: The power of Intercultural Mediation: during the second day, participants learned in theory and practice what intercultural mediation is and its importance in preventing marginalisation and radicalisation of young people. Case-studies and role playing were used to further explore these specific methods of achieving intercultural mediation. Furthermore, forum theatre and different artistic approaches were presented as successful tools to achieve cross-cultural dialogue and intercultural mediation.

3: Culture and Conflict: on the last day of training, the concepts of interculturality, cultural shock, and intercultural sensitivity were introduced. The participants discovered how to enhance their intercultural competences, what types of obstacles interfere with intercultural communication, and how to use positive intercultural approaches to counteract negative stereotypes.

Do you want to know more about intercultural mediation? Then, you can explore the reports of the Capacity Building Trainings and their summary, which provide an overview of this learning experience, including participants’ feedbacks and suggestions. All the reports are available online for free!

You can download the national reports of each partner and the summary of all national reports by accessing the following links: