Training Toolbox


This Toolbox is intended to offer youth workers and other practitioners working with young people the tools that they need to facilitate project design sessions with young people, to help them turn their ideas into reality.
It was inspired by many good practices of social solidarity and green lifestyle initiatives from all around Europe, which the Rebuild project partners research and mapped.

You will find here:

A Guide for the facilitation of project design workshops with description and agenda of 8 sessions.

A kit with useful non-formal activities to use during the workshops.

The REBUILD Project

The project REBUILD is a project co -funded by the European Commission and the Erasmus+ program.

The project aims to empower youth organizations/informal groups of young people and underrepresented young people and enhance their democratic participation, dialogue, civic engagement, and networking at the local and EU level to support the rebuilding of inclusive and greener societies able to better adapt and respond to the challenges of Covid-19 emergency.

The project's activities first mapped social solidarity, and environmental/green lifestyle initiatives in each country carried out by youth organizations/informal groups during and in the aftermath of the crisis and strengthen their capacities by stimulating the exchange of good practices and developing local and transnational networks.
In the framework of the project, more than 168 underrepresented young people were trained in project design and implementation and awareness-raising campaigning to foster innovative forms of civic participation.

This guide, based on good practices and innovative methodologies, is intended to equip youth workers and practitioners with the skills and tools needed to help young people design and implement their initiatives.

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Table of Contents

Part 2 – Project Design Lab

Lego Serious Play

Introduction to the method - what is it and what is it used for? Who is using it and for what? (e.g. the biggest companies for their strategies creation or the therapy session participants for sharing what are they going through). The little task to try out the...

How to create a plan step-by-step: ACTION PLAN

What is the Action Plan?  It is a strategy to carry out your idea, project, business, etc., where you set objectives to be achieved, establish deadlines and calculate the resources to be used. It is necessary to take into account that these three concepts are...

SWOT Analysis

Before creating a new project, it is important that we know The facilitator will ask the participants either individually or in groups, depending on if it is an individual or group project, to reflect on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats they can...

The future is today

This activity consists of people visualising their ideal future. It is a very powerful exercise because it allows them to establish contact with the real possibilities they have to transform their lives. In this way, they can identify what they need to change, improve...

Why do I call myself that?

The facilitator asks the participants to form a circle and stand in the circle. He/she will ask if anyone voluntarily wants to start and if not, he/she will start by saying his/her name and explaining the origin of his/her name, meaning or why his/her parents chose...

My best friends’ characteristics

The aim of this activity is to make participants reflect on how they choose their friends and what are the main characteristics of a healthy relationship. Through the list of their friends’ characteristics and the open discussion, participants will be able to identify...


Actionbound is an app for playing digitally interactive scavenger hunts to lead the learner on a path of discovery. We call these multimedia based hunts 'Bounds'. The program quite literally augments our reality by enhancing peoples’ real-life interaction whilst using...

The pitch of the day

Participant has 5 min to speak about a photo he/she is engaged with. The topic can be anything. But it has to do with the community. So, the participant is trying to convince us why this photo is important for him and present it in a creative way. Debriefing...

Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible (30’) Pairs have 26 tasks that they must complete in 45 minutes. Tasks are printed on papers that are visibly hung all over the room. Some tasks are for one person, some are for a pair, others for small groups and then some for all the participants...

Stereotypical jokes: is it good to laugh about it?

Participative mind-mapping (10’) We’ll do a participative mind-mapping with the word “culture”. Pax will share with the facilitators the words they think are linked to “culture”.Then facilitators will summarize those results and will complete some missing words (if...

Face your Bias

Visualization Exercise (15’) The participants are asked to close their eyes and participate in a visualization exercise by inserting themselves into a story narrated by the facilitator. They are instructed to visualize the story with as much detail as possible. The...

The 5 W’s Rule

This method is usually used after the idea is already discussed and developed to some point. It helps to see what is missing, and what was not thought about, and to make the idea more specific. The method consists of 5 Ws which need to be answered: What? Why? Who?...

Mind mapping

While developing some kind of idea it is important to let yourself think without restrictions. This method helps to do that because it basically works as simple as just writing ANY kind of words which gives you association with each other and related to your problem...

Problem tree

You have to draw a simple tree on the paper (or even online) with: the roots of the tree tree trunk The tree branches (with leaves) Make sure to highlight well the three different parts. Participants have to write down the things on it accordingly to: the roots of the...

World Café methodology

The World Café methodology is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue. World Café can be modified to meet a wide variety of needs. Specifics of context, numbers, purpose, location, and other circumstances are factored into each...