YOUTH WORK SEAL: Taking youth work to the next level! is a youth participatory project (Key Action 154, Erasmus Plus programme) based on the on the relationship between active participation and youth work. In particular, the project focuses on the sharing and use of best practices in youth work recognition. The project involves 5 youth organization from Malta, Portugal, Serbia, Lithuania and Hungary, plus an international network from Italy as an applicant.
The project focuses on two very important axes: the concept of active participation and the recognition of youth work. While it is true that much progress has been made and good practices are present at the European level; there are many goals to be achieved. The project is based on some priorities listed on the new EU STRATEGY 2019-2027.
First, it relates to the priority of implementation of a YOUTH WORK AGENDA to increase recognition of non-formal learning.
Aim of the project: to recognize youth work and its quality development in this area as a fundamental part of youth policies at the local level, strengthening its European dimension at the local level.
– To contribute to enhancing the European and international dimensions of youth work at the local level.
– To work to improve youth self-determination, autonomy and access to their rights through non-formal and informal learning.
– To develop strategies to support Youth Work with the equal involvement of different actors such as youth, policy makers, stakeholders.
– To create a paper/charter inspired by “The European Charter on Local Youth Work” that can in some way influence youth policy making for the recognition of youth work.
At the end of the project and, after a cycle of local (9 actions) and international activities (3 mobilities), the participants and the NGOs involved, will create a paper/charter inspired by “The European Charter on Local Youth Work” that can in some way influence youth policy making for the recognition of youth work.
They will also create a final video containing interviews with policy makers, youth workers and stakeholders who took part in the project. In this way, the video, in addition to containing proposals and good practices, will be able to inspire others at the European level.