Youth Work matters and it deserves proper recognition. The European conference “Value and Recognition of Youth Work” aims at contributing to strengthened recognition of youth work. It will be held in Zagreb, Croatia from 4 to 7 December 2023 with approximately 80 participants.
The conference intends to empower those stakeholders who are already engaged in the professional debate on recognition, and who are looking for additional cross-border exchange and inspiration, resources and practical tools as well as strategic alliances within and beyond the youth work community of practice.
To provide this empowerment, it is intended to build on existing experiences and resources prior to the conference, make them visible via a small communication campaign, bring actors and resources together during the event and prepare paths to step out of the conference into follow-up initiatives within and beyond the youth work sector.
Moving towards better promotion and recognition is at the heart of the European Youth Work Agenda (EYWA) and its implementation within the Bonn Process. The Bonn Process is a joint effort to implement the EYWA, the common strategic framework for strengthening and further developing youth work across Europe.
The overall aim of the conference is to contribute to creating more recognition of youth work and to provide a platform for further reflection on the different dimensions of recognition. So far, recognition as understood in this way addresses the following four areas:
More information about the different dimensions of recognition are explained in the video “What is recognition of youth work?” by the EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership.
Application deadline (24h UTC): 24 September 2023 via http://trainings.salto-youth.net/11511
Date of selection: 16 October 2023
Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.
The conference aims at empowering those stakeholders who are already engaged in the professional debate on recognition, and who are looking for additional cross-border exchange and inspiration, resources, and practical tools as well as strategic alliances within and beyond the youth work community of practice.
It mainly targets stakeholders from the youth work community of practice, but representatives of other sectors with the scope of their work having an impact on validation and recognition of youth work are also warmly invited and welcomed.
The selected participants should be motivated to actively participate in the conference and to contribute to the follow-up of the conference.
This project is financed by the participating National Agencies (NAs) of the Erasmus+ Youth Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.
Unless specified otherwise, the hosting NA will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.
Please contact your NA or SALTO in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.
Sandra Miladin, National Agency Croatia
The conference is part of the European cooperation project of National Agencies and SALTO Resource Centres titled “Strengthening youth work in Europe by supporting the implementation of the European Youth Work Agenda! (SNAC EYWA)”.