Face2Facebook is a non-formal education method which can be used in the beginning of an activity, as a getting to know each other game and during the training itself with the aim to build the group.
Aim of the method: to foster interaction between participants, stimulate individual reflection on expectations, fears & contributions to the project.
This method was developed by (General Manager) and (Head of Digital) and refined through several youth mobility projects (training courses and youth exchanges). Gabriel is a trainer, youth worker, social media expert, and project manager working in the youth field since 2007. As a non-formal education trainer in entrepreneurship, Gabriel is specialised in using design thinking, Business Canvas Model, creative expression, and digital tools methodologies to enhance young people and youth workers’ entrepreneurial spirit and to support them to transform their ideas into actions. Diana has academic studies in Communications with a focus on intercultural discourse (BA and MA) and
complementary training in Advanced Facilitation, Psycho-pedagogy, Global Education, or Education for Development in a multicultural environment.
> to foster interaction between participants;
> stimulate individual reflection on expectations, fears & contributions to the project
Structure of the process:
The tool was initiated and then refined through several youth mobility projects (training courses and youth exchanges).
Materials needed: Each participant received an A4/A3 paper with a template of a Facebook account. (see the template here)
Each participant received an A4/A3 paper with a template of a Facebook account. They have to fill in the name, update their status and info (hobbies, location, work & studies, etc.). In order to add friends, they will have to walk around the room and meet the other participants, sharing info of their profile. Also, they can draw each other profile photos. Depending on the size of the group, this activity can take up from 20 to 40 minutes. The „profiles” will remain on a wall and they can use it during the project to send messages, give likes, add more friends, etc.
This part, including the discussion, can take up to 30 minutes. Due to the fact that the „profiles” remain visible during the whole project, trainers can invite pax to go back to these sections during daily/mid-term/final evaluation and update their status.
Face2Facebook can be, additionally, used for reflection. The template can also contain 3 empty posts, stating only „feeling hopeful”, „feeling scared” and „feeling confident”, where pax are supposed to write their expectations, fears and contributions, individually, which can be later discussed in the group.
It best suits a project linked to: communication, digital tools, social media, no hate speech online, cyberbullying and other related issues.
Personalise the template with the project’s
identity (logo, name of the project, etc.), but let enough space to be filled in by pax.
Be eco-friendly, you do not have to colour print it. Encourage participants to paint it and make it look nice.
If you have a photo camera that prints on the spot, you can take pics of pax and hand them.
Make sure you have a visible place to put them until the end of the project and encourage pax to use them regularly.
Written by: Gabriel Brezoiu & Diana-Adela Ionita, GEYC, Romania