StorySafe: Empathetic Avenues in Trauma-Informed Youth Work

Erasmus+, KA220 YOU Cooperation partnership in youth work
Aim of the project is to integrate a trauma-informed approach into youth work activities with the objective of enhancing resilience, inclusion, and comprehensive participation of young individuals. By emphasizing understanding, gentleness, and care, we seek to accommodate the needs of trauma-impacted youth present in virtually every youth-oriented endeavor. Concurrently, we aim to bolster the capacities of youth work professionals and fortify the ethos of youth organizations, equipping them to operate with a trauma-informed lens, thereby enriching the overall quality and impact of youth interventions.
Trauma-informed youth work is essential to restoring and bolstering the self-regulation capabilities of young individuals. This approach goes beyond recognizing trauma's signs—it deeply understands its impact. Trauma is a universal experience, touching many, not just those with refugee backgrounds. While many can self-regulate stress and trauma due to innate resilience, trauma-sensitive practices can enhance this self-regulation for others.

This approach embodies understanding, gentleness, and care. By creating a protective environment, youth workers empower young people to reclaim their self-regulation abilities.

Trauma-informed youth work prioritizes compassion and inclusivity. It emphasizes respect for individual narratives, recognizing that every young person brings a unique story. Keeping this empathy at the core promotes an inclusive and equal environment for all youth.

Being trauma-informed is about centering the requirements of those affected by trauma in all actions and decisions. This focus not only aids in navigating the immediate ramifications of trauma but also fortifies resilience, preparing young people for any future challenges.

A trauma-informed approach goes beyond being sensitive to trauma and aims to integrate this understanding into all aspects of an organization or community. It recognizes the prevalence of trauma and the complex ways it can manifest in people's lives. A trauma-informed framework acknowledges the impact of trauma on individuals and aims to avoid re-traumatization. It seeks to create environments that actively promote healing and resilience.


WP1 - Project management - including Kick-off, Mid-term and Harvesting project meetings

WP2 - StoryBook - Researching and gathering good practices and stories of young people

WP3 - Short-term join staff event - Exploring trauma-informed good practices in youth work and ways to approach collective memory and trauma though educational and youth work activities

WP4 - Roadmap - Creating roadmap for youth workers and organizations helping to integrate trauma-informed approach to the youth work activities, road map includes principles and tools towards creating trauma-informed environments.

WP5 - E-course - Creating self-paced e-course on HOP platform helping youth workers and educators deepen their knowledge about trauma-informed approach

WP6 - Embracing trauma-informed approach - Dissemination and follow-up - sharing the knowledge with a broader audience - social media activities, creating landing page of the project, dissemination events online and in person.

NGO VitaTiim (EE) - Applicant
Ukrainian Mindfulness Teachers Association (UA)
Peace Education Institute (FI)
Project supported
Julia Dem
project manager
Phone: + 375 559 217 87
E-mail: julia@vitatiim.ee