The Digital Youth Work Project aims to build capacity to deliver digital youth work in the youth work sector. It is a transnational Erasmus+ project with seven partners from six different countries across Europe and it is implemented during 2017-2019.
The project produces three outputs:
- Good practice video collection including videos on digital youth work and STEAM in Ireland www.digitalyouthwork.eu/good-practices
- Digital Youth Work Training Resources to be used in youth worker trainings. There are six training materials developed by Camara Ireland and NYCI on STEAM in Youth Work along with training materials in various aspects of Digital Youth Work from around Europe www.digitalyouthwork.eu/training-materials
- European Guidelines for Digital Youth Work
As a partnership, we believe that quality youth work that meets young people’s needs must, in this modern era, include digital considerations. This does not mean that every youth worker should be a technical expert, but that they recognise that young people are growing up in a digital era and that they need support to navigate the online aspects of their lives and critically analyse online information and interaction is becoming increasingly central to youth work.
There is also huge potential within the youth work sector to enhance and innovate practice through the use of digital technology and media and to use non formal and informal learning to help young people to create digital content and shape the digital world of the future.
However, alongside these needs and opportunities there is also a lack of confidence, competence, strategic planning and investment to enable the youth work sector to fully embrace these developments. This project aims to increase capacity of the youth work sector to engage with these two areas by offering training, guidance and best practice sharing to practitioners and managers to help incorporate digital youth work into their planning. It also creates opportunities to raise the profile of and showcase the value of digital youth work.