ToDAY: Developing digitAl Youth work

Program: Erasmus+ Key Action 1, Training Course
Title: ToDAY: Developing digitAl Youth work
Partners: I Participate – Συμμετέχω – hosting organization (Greece)
PVN: Projekte Vullnetare Nderkombetare (Albania) – YAN: Youth Alliance via Networking (Armenia) – ABS: Active Bulgarian Society (Bulgaria) – Planbe Plan It Be It (Cyprus) – YSRN: Youth Social Rights Network (Denmark) – Youth Workers’ Association of Georgia (Georgia) – Elios (Italy) – Pozitiva Doma (Latvia) – Youthopolis (Romania) – Opportunity Global (UK) – A.D.E.L: Association for Development, Education and Labour (Slovakia) – Monitores Para El Tiempo Libre Mar Antiguo (Spain) – Stichting CAAT Projects (The Netherlands)

Duration: July 2019-June 2020

Social media sites, online games, video-sharing sites and gadgets such as iPods, iPads and mobile phones are now part of the culture of young people. They have permeated young lives in such a degree, that it is hard to believe that these technologies hardly existed less than a decade ago.

Today, young people may come of age and struggle for autonomy and identity, as their predecessors did. However, they do so in the midst of new worlds of communication, friendship and self-expression and it is based on the use of digital media. Digital Media and Technology has transformed how we teach and learn. The learning and self-development process do not always begin with teachers, they are also initiated by the learner, or supported by a youth worker. Digital media and technology it can’t be anything but part of youth workers’ training and capacity.

Young people in Europe spend an increasing amount of their time consuming digital media and (video streaming, messaging, networking, blogging, gaming, etc.). Some of the problems that young people are facing today are directly connected to digital media and especially social media, such as pressures of 24/7 social networking, hate speech online, cyber-bullying, internet and online games addiction. Unfortunately in almost all European countries, there are cases that young people were even led to suicide because of cyber-bullying or hate speech online or various, serious internet addictions. All young people today need technological skills, social media literacy and an agile attitude towards technology in their future work and daily life, and this should be encouraged by youth workers.

“ToDAY: Developing digitAl Youth work” project aims to promote quality youth work through supporting open and innovative practices and by helping youth workers understand digital youth work and develop their capacity on digital youth work. It will support digital youth work in a local, national, regional and European level.

The main activity of this project is the Training Course, which will take place in Larissa, Greece. 30 participants from 14 countries (Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Romania, UK, Slovakia, Spain, and The Netherlands) will participate at the TC. The working team of the TC consists of 2 experienced trainers and 1 facilitator.

The project’s objectives are:

  • To familiarise with and better understand digital youth work approaches and to be prepared to introduce digital approaches to their youth work practice. Youth workers will be able to support young people to develop the skills, competences and courage to actively shape digital technologies
  • To identify innovative practices in both delivering digital youth work and upskilling youth workers’ digital competences and to exchange good examples of how digital tools are used in youth work in Europe
  • To develop youth workers’ skills, competences and knowledge on digitalization through training that meets their needs and the needs of their communities and young people they work with
  • To create a network of youth workers from several European countries and support participating organisations to provide youth workers with tools, methods and practices for understanding digital youth work
  • To practice and be able to use in their daily work with young people the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project of the EU
  • To create space for making new contacts, creating new networks and exploring Erasmus+ Youth opportunities to develop digital youth work in future

The partners’ consortium designed this training course for youth workers and leaders, trainers, NGO members, legal representatives of organizations, youth mentors, project managers and coordinators, educators and facilitators, who:

  • are at least 18 years old
  • want to deepen their understanding on the topic of digital youth work
  • want to stimulate active citizenship and digital youth work
  • are ready to explore and reflect in an experiential training course and in a community setting
  • are able and ready to work in English
  • are motivated and willing to commit to work on the objectives of the training
  • are able to act as multipliers after the end of the educational activity and transfer the obtained knowledge back to their organizations and other young people