“Humor matters” aimed to provide youth workers with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to be used in their personal life as well as in their professional environments.
Project used experiential learning method. This method turned out to be very effective and acceptable. And it specifically supported the creation of aha moments and rising of awareness, in this case self-awareness and awareness of how humor could affect group development.
Project was a non-formal training course, and its methods were based on improve theatre, forum theatre, visual arts, storytelling, visualizing and experiential learning. The training had an impact on the participating youth workers directly by increasing the understanding of humor as a tool that could be used to create a positive group atmosphere, which influences the group dynamics and the development and learning of the individuals of that group. They also learnt about the negative impact that humor could have in a group as well. Participants rose awareness about the importance of humor as an attitude in life and how this positive attitude could be nurtured, shared and encouraged while working with groups of young people.
Participants were encouraged to share their learning experience in- and outside their organization as well as with their target groups in order to get the message spread as far as possible.
There were 22 youth workers coming from 9 different countries, ranging from 22 to 58 years old, coming from diverse formal and non-formal learning backgrounds.
Objectives of the project were;
To raise awareness about how humor can affect group development
To supply participants with non-formal learning methods to use humor in their different youth work contexts.
To share experiences about the use of humor and its implications in group dynamics
To discuss about humor as a transversal tool in the field of Youth work.
To help understanding how to use humor to promote self-awareness and self-initiative.
To experience the effects of laughter, smile and other side effects of humorously adjusted attitude within the frames of the TC.