Gutsy Go action weeks are great for supporting community cohesion and participation in lower secondary schools and youth work. A Gutsy Go action week can either be organised with the help of a team consisting of Gutsy Go’s pedagogical experts as well as event and media specialists or independently by the school. The relevant age group of one or more schools can be included at the same time.
The youth teams are coached by a pedagogue, teacher and/or youth worker, who has completed the instructor training. The central task of the instructor is to inspire and encourage the youths to work as a team and to guide each individual in realising their potential. The exceptional school week also offers teachers an opportunity to meet with students and connect with them.
Every year, Gutsy Go ry organises 5 to 10 action weeks supported by their team §all around the country in cooperation with local educational and youth authorities as well as individual schools. The weeks organised with Gutsy Go’s pedagogues and media experts are an impressive way for a municipality to kick off Gutsy Go projects. After the action week, the method can be further applied:
– For independent action weeks
– As optional studies
– For a club
– As a part of regular teaching
Schools and youth workers participating in Gutsy Go activities get access to a comprehensive online archive of materials, which contains instructions for continuing and further applying the activities as well as prepared classroom materials.
The three-day instructor training give participants the skills to coach the youth teams during an action week. It gives teachers and professionals working with youths versatile tools:
– To strengthen the youths’ self-knowledge and motivation
– To develop the youths’ problem-solving skills
– To use concrete projects as learning aids
– To build community cohesion through taking action
– To use video documentation as a teaching aid
– To develop the youths’ skills in discussion and negotiation
In addition to the three-day instructor courses, Gutsy Go offers short training and coaching sessions. They are also suitable for teachers’ planning and training days (“veso days” in Finland). These courses are designed especially to strengthen social cohesion between the participants and build their problem-solving skills. In addition, participants gain immediate access to Gutsy Go tools to be applied to their work.