…we’d love to learn from and share your knowledge and experience.

Background

Digitalisation affects in many different ways the lives of young people today, whether they are or not digitally active.

Digitalisation has brought many advantages, for example in relation to communication, access to information, education, leisure and fun, activism, economic development, time management and working. At the same time, digitalisation came also with risks, related to working conditions and environments, the digital divide, safety and data protection, health and well-being, media literacy and so on.

When it comes to social inclusion, the situation is similar. Digitalisation can help a lot, for example we can find programmes that use digital tools to improve young people’s skills for community engagement and for the labour market, online platforms for young people experiencing social disadvantage where they can mobilise, or programmes based on the collection of data. Digitalisation can also bring about risks, such as increasing the digital divide and creating also online exclusion, the Internet can be a tool to spread hate speech and increase discriminatory practices.

This year, the partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth is carryout out different activities looking at the links between digitalisation and the social inclusion of young people, notably a symposium and a research process.

One of the activities is this call for practices through which we are seeking to identify Practices of Using Digitalisation to Enhance Social Inclusion of Young People. We are looking for projects, tools, policy changes, research initiatives that had an impact on the social inclusion of young people. We are looking for practices that can inspire others to include digitalisation in their social inclusion work with young people.

Social inclusion – what do we mean?

There are probably hundreds of definitions of social inclusion out there.

Social inclusion is usually associated with the idea of all members of a community having the opportunities and resources necessary to be a full part of that community, so to have a standard of living and well-being in line with their rights.

How are digitalisation and social inclusion linked?

For the purpose of this call, we have conceptualised the links between digitalisation and social inclusion as practices related to:

  •  Access to services, youth-friendly services, services for social inclusion

for example, an online app that supports young people leaving institutional care to access their rights to housing and education

  •  Reaching out to young people and the digital divide;

for example, having user friendly online spaces for youth work activities and encouraging their use at public libraries

  •  Resilience and empowerment for social inclusion;

for example, digital platforms where young people can learn skills for civic engagement and the labour market

  •  Tackling discrimination in the digital space, hate speech, cyber-bullying and harassment

for example, online campaigns to combat hate speech, or information and support platforms against cyber-bullying.

At the same time, we are aiming to take into account developments in at least 3 areas:

  • YOUTH WORK: smart youth work (including digital youth work), competences needed from practitioners; the role of youth work in developing young people’s media literacy; using digitalisation for youth empowerment;
  • YOUTH POLICY: the role of youth policy in taking up the theme of digitalisation as part of different programmes aimed at curbing inequality, using new channels to reach out and involve young people (for example, through gaming or apps), acting as a regulator or as a support; and the role of digitalisation in shaping youth policy in all its phases;
  • YOUTH RESEARCH: the role of youth research, identifying further areas of research and the use of data-driven developments for research. 

The call for practices - what is it all about?

This call for practices aims at collecting examples of using digitalisation for social inclusion purposes.

 We are looking for projects, tools, policy changes, research initiatives that had an impact on the social inclusion of young people. We are looking for practices that can inspire others to include digitalisation in their social inclusion work with young people.

These practices will be collected and edited in a compilation that will inspire those working for and with young people to consider digitalisation approaches in their work on social inclusion.

Sharing your experience – how to contribute

If you have a practice that you’d like to share, please provide fill in the form here by 6 May 2018.

There is no need for your example to be written perfectly - we only need enough information to consider whether it is an example to share to a wider audience. If your submission is accepted for the publication, then we can work together to fine-tune it. We may also come back to you with further questions. After collecting the responses, they will be reviewed in order to decide whether they will be included in the final compendium.

In advance, thank you very much for taking the time to share your insights with the rest of us!!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mara Georgescu at mara.georgescu@partnership-eu.coe.int

 

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