YEU in European Youth Conference in Kosice
During the European Youth Conference in Kosice-EYC (Slovakia), Klaudia Zebrowska (Pool of Representatives of YEU) got the chance to participate and now to share with you the recommendations extracted by the working groups.
For your information the Workshops were 8. Namely:
- Workshop 1: “Access to quality and Critical Information”
- Workshop 2: “Young people under pressure: Building Resilience and self-confidence”
- Workshop 3: “Beyond fear and intolerance - Experience diversity”
As Klaudia was part of the Workshop 8 -“The impact of youth work and youth organisations for all”, here are the general conclusions that come out from the Workshop:
In the consultations held this summer, 3 points on youth work were underlined several times:
1) the importance of infrastructures such as youth centers, as well as of networks of youth workers;
2) better funding for youth work;
3) creating “bridges” and dialogue between different youth organisations.
Starting from this, we worked on three recommendations. The first one stated that “ Member States and the European Commission should promote and support a range of virtual and physical spaces dedicated to qualified youth work in order to respond to the needs and interests of all young people” We believed that having a safe space available for all youngsters, which can be a youth center or any other place where youth gathers such as youth clubs, sport centers, cultural centers, skate parks or online places will support and strengthen interaction,responsibility, participation, motivation and creation of dialogue of young people and between young people
The second recommendation focused on the creation of a national programme to fund exchanges between young people involved in the youth work sector in the same country. This recommendation was integrated in the text of the first recommendation of workshop n. 3, as their content was very similar. The third recommendation, which asks for sufficient operational funding for youth organisations at all levels (international included!), was developed after that some participants pointed out that short-term funds such as Erasmus+ are indeed available, while funds that allow youth organisations to have long-term plans are often lacking or problematic to get (ex. INGYOs receiving operational grants from the European Commission very late). A final comment: at the workshop, the number of representatives of national ministries was higher than the one of youth delegates, in our opinion it shows how the issue of youth work has been rising up the agenda in many EU States.
For further info, contact:
YEU Pool of Representatives