stimulation of young people's activism through empowerment
Finally, some activities presented under the theme of participation aim at stimulating young people’s activism through empowerment. These examples can be considered to be different from those concerned with the representation of young people as they do not necessarily use the formal channels of representation such as youth councils, but aim to stimulate young people to become confident and take action through a variety of types of actions (such as peer-led campaigns); and the activities are fully youth led - from design to implementation. An example of such an approach can be found in the case study BeLonG To from Ireland. This organisation focuses on LGBT young people and empowers them to support social change. Young people are first supported to become confident and to identify issues on which they can act. They then work on developing activities which they can themselves implement. The whole model is peer-led and the role of youth workers is that of facilitators, ‘problem-posers’ or sometimes acting as the ‘devil’s advocate’.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
<BODY>The term "youth work" describes a wide range of activities, themes and actions offered by different actors in different fields and in different forms. However, youth work differs significantly from other policy areas through its three main characteristics, which are its nature: focus on young people, personal development and voluntary participation. In total there are eight fields of action: youth in the world, participation, health and well-being, employment and training, volunteering, social inclusion, creativity and culture.</BODY>
teilnehmende Kinder und Jugendliche
Evaluierung der Aktivität
This report was developed between August 2012 and October 2013. During this period, the research team: • carried out a review of what is already known and what gaps exist in knowledge on the topic of youth work in the EU; • created a typology of different youth work activities across the EU; • mapped the national context of youth work in each Member State through an examination of definitions, legal frameworks, the situation of youth workers, the role and value of youth work and the impact (this was completed in January 2013 and thus reflects the situation as of then); • held a seminar with stakeholders to share knowledge and expertise and discuss the preliminary results of the study; • carried out case studies with youth work initiatives and activities exploring the stories behind their success.
between August 2012 and October 2013