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"Eutopia" Diversity in a Changing Europe - Creative lab for Rethinking Diversity in Youth Work

Training Course

6-12 May 2020 | Riga, Latvia

The creative lab is designed for critical thinkers, who work with young people and are not afraid of opening controversial questions and questioning concepts.
  • Have you ever wondered what diversity actually means?
  • Do you work with people who question if diversity has gone too far?
  • Living in times when Europe and the world is undergoing major developments, do you ever wonder how to help young people make sense of it all?
  • Do you think it is time to reconsider the way we (you) work with young people nowadays?
  • Are you curious about the principles and practices of slow youth work in a world that is changing rapidly?
  • Would you like to go on an eight months creative journey with a dynamic community of learners?

“EUtopia? – Diversity in a Changing Europe” is a creative, analytical and critical learning experiment which brings new life to old concepts. It is for the very experienced among us, who sometimes feel tired of thinking, and the very fresh ones, who sometimes feel lost and don't know where to even begin. If you are ready to dive deep in the meaning of diversity and use what you find to reshape the practices of youth work – then this 7th international edition of EUtopia? is for you! The learning process will last eight months. It will result in improved practices for supporting young people in changing Europe, and it will produce tools that will be shared in an online library for youth workers. It will be comprised of four elements:

  • 1st part: Home Lab for Introduction – online learning process consisting of 30 hours of individual guided work from March to May (participants are required to dedicate a minimum of 3 hours a week for online learning throughout the spring)
  • 2nd part: Lab for Critical Analysis – challenging and exploring concepts in Latvia, from 6th to 12th of May 2020
  • 3rd part: Piloting Lab for Creativity and Experimentation – testing it all through local activities implemented by participants in their local communities
  • 4th part: Designing Lab – creating new tools and approaches in Albania, from 6th to 11th of October 2020

The call is open to all professionals working with young people, particularly in non-formal learning settings. The selected participants are requested to take part in all parts of the Lab.

Additional information: https://ej.uz/EUtopia_video 


The aim of the lab is to provide youth field professionals with an opportunity 1) to explore the complex and diverse realities of young people in a changing Europe, 2) to prepare to better respond to those realities by applying values-based perspective of diversity, and 3) to reshape existing youth work practices.

The objectives of the lab are:

  • to create a community of learners ready to engage in a challenging, self-reflective, long term, dynamic learning process;
  • to explore the relevant socio-political and cultural contexts in which young people grow up today, and critically evaluate the current youth work responses to them;
  • to understand reasoning and motivation behind young people’s views and attitudes, discover how opinions are formed and encourage critical thinking;
  • to challenge/ radicalize the concept of diversity, exploring it from a values-based, rather than from a normative policy perspective;
  • to develop the most relevant skillsets for reconsidering and reshaping youth work practices in accordance with current challenges and slow youth work principles;
  • to develop intercultural and political competences, as identified by the ETS Competence Model for Youth Workers, and to pilot them through activist projects;
  • to discover opportunities to incorporate values-based approach to diversity within Erasmus+ activities and to support international cooperation among participants.

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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 25 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Western Balkan countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth coaches

Working language(s):



SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre (SALTO Resource Centre)

The SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre promotes co-operation between the Programme Countries and Western Balkan Partner Countries in the frame of the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme and European Solidarity Corps.


  • Agency for International Programs for Youth (Latvia) (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Suzana Puhar


Phone: + 386 1 430 47 47


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating National Agenciess of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

There is no participation fee for the organisations from the Western Balkan Partner Countries.

Accommodation and food

The host of this activity will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with them again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

The travel costs of participants from the Western Balkan Partner Countries are covered by teh SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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