Call for Youth Work Campaign Committee members
When you say youth work, what do you mean?
For YEU International youth work has a strong link with non-formal education (NFE) as well as a positive impact on both society and individuals and its purpose is to empower youth that actively contributes to development of democratic societies.
The main purpose of youth work is to support young people in the process of becoming independent. The youth worker plays an important role in giving and providing support and assists in the personal, social and educational development of young people in order to help them to be better prepared to face challenges in life and become active citizens in society.
The main role of youth work is to create a safe environment and opportunities for the active participation of young people. In this way youth work provides learning spaces through programmes that are needs–centred and have a social-constructivist approach. These different processes give young people the opportunity to gain competences, skills, experiences and knowledge that could be important for the success in life.
KEY AREAS OF YOUTH WORK
In order to develop the key responsibilities of youth workers it can be concluded that some of the main aspects of youth work are the following:
It is facilitated by youth workers who can be in paid employment or be unpaid volunteers;
The processes and programmes for young people are mostly taking place in Civil Society Organisations or State Institutions for youth;
Mostly uses non-formal education as a tool to plan and implement activities;
Creates a safe environment for the growth, development and well-being of young people;
Stimulates non-violent responses and approaches and develops conflict transformation skills;
Creates opportunities for young people in different learning programmes;
Provides information and a space for the cooperation amongst young people;
Creates synergies among different stakeholders to enrich and develop the youth field;
Engages young people in the creation and implementation of the policies that affect them;
Many activities are done in local communities, many lives are changed thanks to youth work, but also, many times, these achievements remain invisible. We want to show them – show the faces of youth works, achievements and all those small things that make it so special. During 2015, YEU has created an implementation plan for youth work campaign and now we are looking for people who would like to be part of its organizational committee. Your role would be to:
- Make sure that campaign implementation plan is realized
- Motivate YEU Member Organizations, other interested organizations and stakeholders to get involved and share their stories
- Prepare short videos with stories of youth workers across Europe
- Promote the campaign in social media, YEU website and pass the campaign message
- Through campaign advocate for recognition of youth work and youth workers as profession
- Feed into campaign of European Youth Forum
If you find it exciting, apply here and join YEU team on a mission to promote youth work as a life-changing experience!