Preparing youth workers to engage in digital youth work by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies.
Project Number: 2021-1-CY02-KA2020-YOU-000029051
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 01/01/2022 – 01/01/2024
Digital literacy skills play a crucial role as part of modern-day citizenship, and youth work should be able to encourage this involvement, according to the European Union’s Work Plan for Youth for 2016-2018 report.
Young Europeans spend an increasing amount of their time, consuming digital media and use daily devices such as mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, laptops and computers (Eurostat’s statistics 2016). On the other hand, many youth workers do not yet wholly understand what digital media includes besides social media and as a result a lot of youth work practitioners lack the digital skills to fully benefit from and utilize the opportunities created by digital technologies. Consequently, youth workers lack the competencies needed to design and deliver digitally-oriented interactive and engaging actions and services that will best meet the needs of youth.
Therefore, there is a prevalent need to improve the competencies of youth workers and to further elevate the appreciation and role of youth work in participating countries. Moreover, youth workers themselves need to enhance their digital skills and introduce new activities and ways of learning that will be more effective in this constantly shifting environment.
The Digital Youth project focuses on preparing youth workers to engage in digital youth work by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies. The project aims to promote the importance of digital youth work in the partner countries and Europe; build the competencies of youth workers to use digital tools in youth work; develop quality resources for digital youth work; and improve the overall quality of youth work conducted in the participating countries.