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Tbilisi, Georgia 27-28 November 2019
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Strengthening the potential of youth work in Eastern Europe

The event will bring together up to 60 participants: youth work practitioners, youth work managers, trainers and related profiles, youth workers’ organisations, youth organisations, policy makers especially from Eastern Europe and from other European countries interested in co-operation in Eastern Europe, working at different levels, researchers, representatives of diverse entities involved in regional co-operation, in particular the SALTO EECA Resource Centre.

This event will reflect on the diverse realities of youth work in Eastern Europe and on how to foster a better matching of its needs and those of the young people, with the reality of youth policy, on a regional level and with consideration for European institutional developments. Thus, it will inform the work of the High Level Task Force on the implementation of the CM Recommendation on youth work and the statutory bodies on Youth. The event will refer to the research on educational pathways of youth workers and on youth work professions and vocations, and facilitate cooperation on developing offers for education and training of youth workers. It will take the form of a peer-learning event and be an opportunity to promote relevant European and national tools.

The country realities have identified the following trends in youth work development across the region with a strong emphasis on quality development of youth work, including

  • Strong infrastructure and youth work services at local and regional level (youth clubs and youth centres with a strong non-formal education component)
  • Recognition of the contribution of youth work for young people’s skills and employability
  • Need to develop formal education offers and promotion of recognition of youth work profession as well as its impact in society
  • Need to connect to European initiatives on youth work.

Expected outcomes

  • Better knowledge on the reality and the needs of youth work providers in the region and on the existing youth policy support measures and structures for youth work at local and regional level across Eastern Europe
  • Reflecting on education and training needs of volunteer and paid youth workers in the countries and support measures that can strengthen the quality of education and training offers but also of the quality of youth work delivery
  • Increased awareness of the support and specific tools available at European and regional level for youth work and for youth work policy as well as closing the gap on knowledge, where possible
  • Deeper reflections on the role of youth work in relation to youth centres and outreach youth work, social inclusion, youth participation and active citizenship, skills and educational development, as well as employability of young people as well as to quality learning mobility and sharing knowledge and examples of good practice initiatives through bilateral and multilateral cooperation including, Quality Label of Youth Centres, Europe Goes Local, Youth Capitals, Education of Youth Workers, MOOC on youth work and other relevant initiatives
  • Better connections among the youth work relevant stakeholders within the region and within individual countries and development of youth work networks to strengthen.
  • Good practices initiated in the region related to youth work being picked up/developed by other countries in the region and across Europe.

Expected output

Background study on the reality of youth work development in Eastern Europe countries with particular focus on case studies and examples of projects related to development of youth work policy, services and infrastructure as well as development of educational offers for youth workers. The study will form the basis for a handbook on youth work development in Eastern Europe to be finalised in 2020 which could include a state of play, a compendium of initiatives and practices and advice on how to develop such systems).

European Youth Capital

Cooperation and commitment to ensuring quality in youth work (Tartu)