What is the Digital Youth project about?
The Digital Youth project aims to prepare youth workers to engage in digital youth work by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to thrive in today’s digital world. In particular, the specific objectives of the project are to:
- Promote the importance of Digital Youth Work in the Digital Youth partner countries (Greece, Cyprus, Ireland and Spain) and in Europe
- Build the competencies of youth workers to use digital tools in youth work
- Develop quality resources for digital youth work
- Improve the overall quality of youth work conducted in the participating partner countries
What have we done so far?
To date, the Digital Youth partners have organised focus group interviews involving youth workers, trainers, and volunteers from the partner countries of the Digital Youth project. The primary objective of these focus groups was to identify and assess the gaps and needs within the field of youth work concerning digital youth work. Specifically, we aimed to understand the participants’ existing knowledge, skills, and competencies related to digital youth work in order to ultimately inform the development of appropriate interventions and resources in this field. The information received was further analysed and led to the creation of the Digital Youth Handbook. The Youth Worker’s Handbook focuses on the following topics:
- Digital Skills
- Overview of the Digital Competences Framework
- Digital Tools and Platforms
- Creating Digital Resources
- Competences, Validation and Recognition
The content of the Handbook was also tested in all partner countries by experienced youth workers and received positive feedback. You can access the Handbook here.
What are we working on now?
A set of three blended learning modules has been created to cater to the requirements of youth workers, trainers, and volunteers engaged in the field of youth work. These modules have been specifically designed to meet the diverse learning needs of individuals involved in youth-related activities. The modules encompass a combination of online and offline learning approaches, ensuring a well-rounded learning experience that accommodates different learning styles and preferences. They aim to enhance the knowledge, skills, and competencies of participants, empowering them to excel in their roles and contribute effectively to youth development.
The three Blended Learning Modules address the following themes:
- Introduction to the Digital Youth Work
- Digital Youth Work in practice
- Digital Youth Work Validation and Impact
Currently, the Digital Youth team is working on the development of the e-learning portal that will host the blended learning modules, as well as other useful resources for youth workers, volunteers and trainers. To stay up-to-date on the progress of the Digital Youth project, take a look at our news here.
Why not also join our project Facebook page here, to find useful tips and resources on Digital Youth Work!