So that all our Ambassadors are fully equipped to maximise the impact of the Unite Ambassadors project across Europe and beyond there is an 8 session core training programme. The core training programme gives Mentors the information and resources needed to train and guide new Unite Ambassadors so that they can perform their role effectively. A summary of each session and the intended outcomes associated with each session can be found below.

Alongside the 8 core sessions there is also additional training (‘What is social action?’ and ‘Planning activities’) and a ‘Toolkit’ section that includes a library of games, ice breakers and exercises.

It is important that the Ambassadors have the chance to meet regularly to discuss the issues and concerns that they would like to influence and change. They need to have the opportunity to consider how they they can be an effective ‘voice of the youth’, where opportunities exist for involvement in wider consultations that might effect decisions concerning young people and how they may spread the ethos of Unite Ambassadors in other forums.

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.

On completion of the sessions and following activities the Mentor can award the official Unite Ambassador Certificate.

Unite Ambassadors Certificate of Achievement (Download PDF)