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The importance of digital competences has been magnified in current times. For many young people life is fundamentally digital, while some of them are on the other side of the digital divide. However, digital youth work has a lot to offer for all. Digitality is a convenient tool, an appealing activity and important content in youth work.

 

A long-term project

Digital Youth Work is a long term project of the National Agencies of Erasmus+ Youth and the European Solidarity Corps. The project is a part of the continuing development of digital youth work in Europe, and it builds on the Council Conclusions on Digital Youth Work (2019).

 

Five targets

The project is divided into 5 targets, so called work packages, which are led by different partners. The active working periods of the work packages vary during 2021 – 2022.

1. National strategies for digital youth work

  • Makes suggestions on how to develop youth strategies to have a stronger link to digitalisation
  • 04/2021 – 12/2021
  • Finland in charge

2. Digital competences and digital capacity in youth work

  • Creates an international and virtual self-assessment tool for digital youth work for youth workers and trainers
  • Gathers existing frameworks for digital youth work competencies 
  • Gathers all current digital youth work training materials published after 2018
  • 01/2021 – 12/2022
  • Estonia in charge

3. Enhancing young people´s digital competences

  • Analyses and promotes science, technology, art, engineering and mathematics (STEAM) activities in youth work
  • 01/2022 – 12/2022
  • Ireland in charge 

4. New practices for online youth work 

  • Innovates new, appealing, inclusive and engaging practices for online youth work
  • 01/2022 – 12/2022
  • Germany in charge

5. Quality requirements for virtual and blended mobilities

  • Innovates new practices for virtual and blended mobilities in the framework of EU Youth  Programmes
  • 10/2020 – 12/2021
  • Belgium Flanders in charge

 

Partners

The partners in this strategic cooperation are the national agencies of Erasmus+ Youth and the European Solidarity Corps in Belgium Flanders, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland (coordinators) and Cyprus, France, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, and Turkey as well as the National Youth Council of Ireland, SALTO Inclusion & Diversity, SALTO South East Europe, SALTO Training and Co-operation and Verke the Centre of Expertise for Digital Youth Work in Finland.

Reports and materials

The materials produced during the project are available for all.
1. National Strategies for Digital Youth Work
2. Digital Competences and Digital Capacity in Youth Work
3. Enhancing young people´s digital competences
To be announced
4. New practices for online youth work
To be announced

Events

Dissemination seminars will be held in March 2022 online and in March 2023 in Ireland.
Live Stearm - State of Play 16.-18.3.2022.
Online on the 16th – 18th of March 2022
The seminar focus on presenting the process and key findings, policy recommendations and research findings of the project.

Take a look of the session recordings and the infographics.
Logo of digital youth work strategic national agency co-operation
Ireland, March 2023
To be announced

The Digital Youth Work project is linked with the following European documents and initiatives:

Contact us


The project is coordinated by the Finnish National Agency, EDUFI in co-operation with VERKE, the Centre of Expertise for Digital Youth Work in Finland, and supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

Project coordinator Jutta Kivimäki