The Convention was a unique opportunity to give a new impetus to the political and institutional debate around youth work in Europe. The Convention gathered stakeholders from all over Europe bringing together complementary knowledge, perspectives and experiences on youth work.
A space to get inspired
During the four days, several plenary sessions will be the opportunity to get together and tune in to work towards common ground in the diversity of youth work in Europe.
On Monday afternoon, the opening plenary will set the context, objectives and themes of the Convention. Representatives from the Belgian Chairmanship, the main European institutions and youth NGOs will highlight the relevance and importance of the work ahead of us during this 2nd Convention.
On Thursday morning, the closing plenary will look back at the achievements of the previous days and conclude the Convention with the presentation of the final Declaration . High-level representatives from the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations will react to the content of the Declaration and highlight the next steps.
'Food for though'
Scheduled at key moments of the programme, inspiring speakers with different background (politician, economist, journalist, community worker, grassroots youth worker) will get on stage and share their insight and expertise on topics related to youth work and the seven themes of the Convention.
'In the spotlight'
Kick-off each morning with a stimulating personal story (told 'live' or digitally) from youth workers who will explain the reasons behind their commitment and look back at how youth work had an impact on their lives. Make sure not to miss these powerful testimonies that will provide evidence on the value and impact of youth work! Contributions have been collected by the Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth, and the European Youth Forum.
A space to discover and debate
'Towards common ground'
Pick you topic and join some of the 24 to 30 workshops that will explore the seven themes of the Convention. Thematic workshops will include sessions accessible to all participants and sessions requiring some prior knowledge and preparation. Contributions and reactions from all participants will feed into the final Declaration of the Convention. Join in and make your voice count!
'Under the hood'
Go for a trip throughout Brussels and discover inspiring local youth projects linked to leisure activities, sports, culture, media, training, volunteering and much more! Belgian youth workers from the three Communities will present their practice, share their experience and discuss common ground.
'Under the lens'
We will give the floor to you to present tools, methodologies, innovative or long-established practice. Let's make full use of the expertise, knowledge and experience of participants present at the Convention to share, question, inspire and innovate! A call will be launched among registered delegates early March to select relevant and diverse practice.
A space to meet and celebrate
After a long day of debate and discovery, the evening programme will offer opportunity to network during coktail. Dinner will be served from 19:00. After dinner make sure to stick around to enjoy entertaining and cultural animations throughout the venue. A bar will be open at the venue from 21:00 serving hot and cold drinks, wine and a selection of the finest Belgian beers.
'YWW - Youth Work Web'
Make sure to check out the stands of institutional and civil society partners of the Convention! You will have the opportunity to test your knowledge of EU youth policy, get tailor-made support for your project or collect information about funding opportunities. Partners present include: the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Youth Foundation, the Network of National Agencies for the Erasmus+ : Youth in Action programme, SALTO Resource Centres, the European Youth Forum, the European Youth Card Association (EYCA), and the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA).
Are you looking for partners for your new project? Do you have some tips to share about funding? Do you want to get peer feedback on your idea? Use the opportunity of the Networking Points to propose self-managed and self-facilitated activities on the basis of the 'Open Space' method. Specific spaces with cosy and intimate settings will be at your disposal. Activities will be advertised directly at the venue.
'Behind the scenes'
On the evening of Monday 26th, jump into the themes of the Convention by taking part in fun and challenging animations organised throughout the venue.
On the evening of Tuesday 28th, you will have the chance to showcase your artisitc talents alongside local cultural youth projects.
'Under the disco ball'
On the evening of Wednesday 29th, live bands and DJs will perform and we will celebrate together on youth work beats!
Browse through the list of activities
Towards common ground - 1st round
- Towards common ground – 1st round
- 01. Different perspectives in/of youth work
- 02. The different target groups of youth work (diversity)
- 03. The impact, outcomes and value of youth work
- 04. The different purposes and approaches of youth work
- 05. Youth work at local, regional, national, European and other transnational levels: all different – all equals?
- 06. Forms and patterns in the field of youth work defined and recognised - Theories and approaches of youth work in Europe
- 07. Youth work and the right to play
- 08. Online practices
- 09. Diverse educational and training systems for youth workers
- 10. How to ensure the quality of youth work at large?
- 11. Which elements are needed to further develop the practice of youth work?
- 12. The role of training of youth workers to support participation in democratic life
Towards common ground - 2nd round
- Towards common ground – 2nd round
- 33. The connection between youth work and the employment sector
- 34. The connection between formal and non-formal learning/education
- 35. Democratic participation - participation in democratic society
- 36. The specific contribution and influence of youth work
- 37.A.B. The validation of youth work - The influence of the National Qualification Framework (NQF)
- 38. Recognition of youth work
- 39. Quality systems
- 40. Promotion of youth work
- 41. Public support for youth work on all levels
- 42. Community building and development
- 43. Youth work for whom? Who are the intended beneficiaries?
- 44. Should youth work have a role in ‘replacing’ public services? Why (not)?
Under the hood
- Under the hood
- 13. Chirojeugd Vlaanderen
- 14. Foyer
- 15. Javva and Compagnons Bâtisseurs
- 16. Toestand - ‘Alleedukaai’
- 17. Les Trixhosaures - ‘Skatepark à Flemalle’
- 18. Scouts en Gidsen Vlaanderen
- 19. Obessu
- 20. Karuur – Youth Council of Molenbeek
- 21. ECYC
- 22. Circus zonder handen
- 23. European Volunteer Centre
- 24. Centre de Jeunesse Liège
- 25. JES - ‘Lomap’
- 26. Maisons des Jeunes de Marolles and Le Bazar
- 27. ‘Belgian’ training and quality perspective: Bagic, Jugendkommission and Werkgroep Attestering
- 28. Education Globale et Développement
- 29. Young people and Europe: Youth & Brussels based region and Raise Youth
- 30. D’Broej – ‘Het werkt/ça marche’
- 31. Youth Baraka & Tracé Brussel
- 32. Cultureghem
Under the lens – 1st round
- Under the lens – 1st round
- 45. Youth Work in South Mediterranean countries
- 46. Bonding & Bridging: 10 principles to support the positive development of young people
- 47. Youth Work Portfolio
- 48. ‘TED’ talks on four inclusion projects
- 49. ‘Coming of age’ in Malta and ‘From state authorities to youth NGOs’ in Russia
- 50. Strengthening learning mobility as an instrument for youth work
- 51. Two approaches to storytelling
- 52. Visual stories on community development, youth activism and art
- 53. RECONOCE - National Network of organisations for recognition of competences and skills gained through voluntary action
- 54. European Citizenship Trimester Programme
- 55. Influence and contribution of National Youth Work Policies to wider government agendas
- 56. Entrepreneurship and artistic expression
Under the lens – 2nd round
- Under the lens – 2nd round
- 57. CityLAB2014: Involving youth in democratic processes
- 58. Caring Class: cooperation between schools and youth
- 59. Journey with the European Youth Foundation Express
- 60. Learning with emotions
- 61. Instruments and models to assess youth work and project results
- 62. Supporting young people with online tools
- 63. Framework for Quality Assurance of Non-Formal Education
- 64. Recognition of youth work in international and national contexts
- 65. Interactive methods: what are young people’s needs for qualitative youth work development
- 66. TED talks on inclusion and learning mobility
- 67. Building networks in the youth work field
- 68. The European Training Strategy Competence Model
- In tune – Official opening
- In the spotlight – Live testimonies on the impact of youth work
- Food for thought – Through the eyes of a community youth worker
- In the spotlight – Digital testimonies on the impact of youth work
- Food for thought – A more 'caring Europe'?
- Food for thought – Youth rising?
- In the spotlight – A major tool towards recognition
- In the spotlight – Convention headlines
- Looking ahead – Official closing
Download the full programme!
Need to browse through the programme to pick your workshops? You can download the full PDF version of the progrmme with the detailed list of workshops!