Any active group of young people can become Unite Ambassadors but they will need to be trained and supported by a mentor.  A mentor could be a:

  • Teacher
  • Youth worker
  • Youth leader
  • Project Officer
  • Centre Manager
  • Support Worker

Mentors should be available to support the Unite Ambassadors during their service to achieve their goals, to create action plans in order deliver social action projects and to ensure that the Unite Ambassadors are active and connected with the local decision makers wherever possible.

This website provides mentors with training plans, resources and guidance and gives an insight through case studies to the international nature of the Unite Ambassador program.

The core training consists of the eight sessions listed below. It is recommended that all training programmes for Unite Ambassadors begin with Session 1 and end with session 8. All other sessions could be delivered in an order that suits the local setting and the profile of the participants, as long as the key outcomes for each session are achieved. The training programme is most effective when delivered over a short time frame e.g. as a two-day course.

Additional training entitled ‘What is social action?’ and ‘Planning activities and events’ is also available in the ‘Social action and local initiatives’ section. This training may be used as appropriate.

A summary of the content and the planned outcomes of the core training and the additional training is given below.

Session 1 – Introduction to Unite Ambassadors

This session explores the ethos of the Unite Ambassador Program and why it is distinct from other youth programs.  It also provides a brief insight into the content of subsequent training sessions. The materials in this session should lead participants to an understanding of  the qualities needed to be a good Unite Ambassador, the benefits of being one, and the types of activities that Unite Ambassadors might be expected to participate in.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Understand  the values that underpin the program
  • Know  what personal qualities and skills they will  need to develop
  • Understand the role of a Unite Ambassador in their own setting
  • Know the types of activities they might be involved in

Session 2 – Identity and diversity

This session uses self-reflection to help participants find an answer to the question ‘Who am I?’ They are then encouraged to appreciate how their answers differ to those of others and to appreciate this diversity as beneficial.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Understand that identities are made up of different characteristics and values and that they develop over time.
  • Be aware that our identities have many things in common, but differences too. This leads to diversity.
  • Be able to describe their  own individual identity.
  • Be aware of the benefits of diversity.

Session 3 – Peace and Cohesion

Session 3 (Peace and cohesion) needs to be considered alongside the outcomes of session 2 (Identity and diversity). This session gives participants the opportunity to explore how the ideas of peace and cohesion apply to themselves and their own situations.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Create personalised definitions of both peace and cohesion
  • Explore how these ideas apply to both individuals and their communities.

Session 4 – Teamwork

In session 4 participants will learn how by working in teams they may also achieve individual goals. In this session participants will learn about how to form a successful team. This is achieved using  activities through which trust is built and the abilities of others are respected.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Have participated in fun and exploratory activities with others.
  • Have an appreciation that learning is sometimes best achieved by taking risks and making mistakes.
  • Have taken part in activities that will have been personally challenging.

Session 5 – Leadership

In this session participants will learn about qualities that define good leadership. The skills that they develop will be useful to them when forming a team particularly when they attempt to implement social actions. As the ambassadors aim to be leaders in their community, During this session participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own abilities and to seek out the skills that they need to develop.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Reflect on their characteristics
  • Learn about leadership attributes
  • Consider the skills that they will need as Unite Ambassadors

Session 6 – Listening skills

Through the activities in this session the participants will appreciate that there is more to listening that might initially be apparent. They will discover that  listening skills are an important part of effective communication. They will learn how to increase their attention span and become more aware of both verbal and non-verbal messages.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Be able to identify the aspects of both good and poor listening skills
  • Understand the impact that those who demonstrate poor listening skills may have on those around them
  • Have had the opportunity to practise and consolidate good listening skills

Session 7 – Public speaking

Participants will develop presentation and communication skills to advocate for young people. They will learn about key aspects of public speaking and practice communication to build up confidence. As Unite Ambassadors they are likely to find this skill useful when they implement social actions.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Have learnt about the concept of public speaking
  • Appreciate that like all skills improvements can be made through practice.
  • Consider how the development of public speaking skills might impact on the role as as Unite Ambassadors.

Session 8 – Ambassador Conduct

Session 8 gives participants the chance to reflect on the things that they should be doing when they become Unite Ambassadors and the things that they need to avoid. It encourages participants to consider carefully their own safety and wellbeing and that of the people they may be working with. The final part of this session gives participants the chance to reflect on their own personalities and characteristics and how these may influence the way in which they develop their role within the team of Unite Ambassadors of which they will be a part.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Understand the boundaries and guidelines within which they will need to work.
  • Have considered their personalities and characteristics and the ways in which they might use these most effectively within the team in which they will be working.

What is social action?

In this session participants will explore what Social Action is and learn the basics to starting their own as a Unite Ambassador. Social action is practical action in the service of others to create positive change. Social action is a great way for Unite Ambassadors to contribute to their community.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Be aware about social action
  • Understand importance of social actions for the community
  • Understand  the values of voluntary work
  • Have got first have experiences how to plan and start a social action

Planning activities and events

This session focuses on improving your planning skills and the most important questions and topics while planning and delivering different activities and events as an Ambassador.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Know what the easy steps to planning successful events/activities.
  • Know who you can contact to create and design a successful event or activity.
  • Know what kind of activities or events you are going to deliver (social  action projects, educational sessions etc)
  • Know how to evaluate and analyse the effect of your event

 

COMMONLY USED WORDS AND DEFINITIONS:

Cohesion – the action or fact of forming a united whole

Inclusion – the action or motion of including or of being included within a group or structure

Peace – freedom from disturbance; tranquility. The state of being free from disorder. Freedom from war or violence, when people live or work together happily without disagreements

Diversity – the state of being diverse – an understanding that each individual is unique and also recognizing our individual differences. The differences can be in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies

Identity – Identity is the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks and/or expressions that make a person (self-identity) or group (collective identity). Categorizing identity can be positive or destructive