DIG IN: Laying the Foundation for Digital Mentoring

iED presents a digital mentoring e-guidebook for digital natives. This deliverable was developed, in the framework of the European project “DIG IN: Promoting youth entrepreneurship to foster NEETs social & work inclusion, using digital youth work and collaborative techniques”.

Brief Introduction of DIG IN

It is an Erasmus+ project, whose overall aim is twofold. DIG IN is aiming at becoming a contributing factor to the labor market and society, by fostering the personal development of NEETs, through the reinforcement of their ICT skills. Boosting their digital skills will have a positive influence on life and employability skills. In addition, this might function as a starting point, which will lead to making informed choices, regarding their educational pathways and civic participation. The project’s design is addressed to NEETs’ educators, by fortifying their ICT skills and the provision of pertinent tools. It is a strategic partnership between six organizations from the following countries: Poland, Italy, Greece, and North Macedonia.

The Digital Mentoring Context Formation

The completion of the first intellectual output, produced a complete e-guidebook, which contains pertinent information about youth workers and educators. The aim, of this deliverable, is the provision of support to digital natives, by the use of innovative digital youth solutions, with a particular reference to mentoring and engagement using ICT and new media. Among the topics explicated, in this guide, are the following:

  • A deeper understanding of the digital natives’ concept; NEETs’ potential obstacles and the corresponded skills to overcome them.
  • Defining the context of a digital mentor’s role and the skills needed.
  • Excelling ICT and social media communication skills.
  • Establishing communication that facilitates the learning process.
  • Suggestions on how to maintain a network, for future deployment of the project’s outcomes.
  • Suggestions of how to establish connection with the local communities, from communication to provision of information, regarding their responsibilities.
  • Self-assessment tools.
  • Provision of tips and conclusions, after the pilot test implementation, in different countries.

Furthermore, the deliverable is characterized by cross-country transferability, due to its multilingual nature; its testing in multiple country contexts; and, due to its digital form. Hence, all the actors involved, in the process benefit from a wider network; and, they can reach out to audiences from different sectors.

Institute of Entrepreneurship Development has observed the need of increasing employment possibilities and social inclusion for NEETs. Our Institute contributes to this goal by being an active participant in European projects. If you would like to participate in our mission, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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