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Training Course

19-22 May 2014 | Copenhagen , Denmark

How to reach the majority of young people who don't frequent traditional youth work? Why not go "out of our box", directly towards young people face to face (in the place they live) or virtually?
Traditional youth work is nowadays challenged, because not all young people will go to the youth centre or can be reached through traditional youth work, where young people 'expectedly' meet up in a youth centre and participate in person.Young people spend more and more time online and in the virtual world with friends or on their own. Taking into account that the average age of first-time users of the Internet is approximately the age of two, that challenge will not diminish in the coming years. Therefore, it is time to move youth work into the future, and this training is a first step Focus The training will consist of several elements. During the training the participants will be introduced to different innovative approaches on how to gain contact to young people “who are hard” to reach. This will be explore through different ways to approach young people virtually or face to face, not waiting for them to come by themselves, but being present in the settings where they already are. There will be a clear focus on creativity and innovation in order to promote these new approaches. Researching the context The participants will also experience youth work in action – and work and talk with youth workers working with young people on the street. In this setting youth workers are constantly developing new ways to engage young people, once they are not attached to a place or a group. The participants will also get a chance to talk to the young people with whom they work. To complete the picture, a researcher from EU Kids Online, will outline the context of this issue and identify some of the risks and trends in how young people behave and use the internet on a European level. Creating awareness Another important element will also be to create awareness on how to support young people in recognising and developing their own “virtual skills”. The increased recognition will make it easier for young people to “translate” these competences (like self-organisation, networking, graphic skills etc.) into something they can use to increase their employability and entrepreneurial skills. Risk and safety If youth workers are “virtually skilled and present” on the Internet, they will also be able to more efficiently support young people to avoid and identify potential risks and also discover potential problems like (loneliness, bulling, extremism etc.) Learning goals • Developing new approaches within your own youth work •To explore innovative approaches to engage "hard to reach” young people •To understand safety and risk elements •To increase strategic use of online tools in youth work •To develop methods to support and recognise young people’s online-skills and translate them into concrete skills that they can build on and use in employment and education. Target group Experienced and inexperienced youth workers, ICT (Information and and Communication Technology) skills are not a precondition for applying. (Info for NAs - this TC is financed from the TCP budget)

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This Training Course is

for 35 participants

from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, young people

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Danish Agency for Higher Education (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Melissa Kousgaard


Phone: 0045- 72318900

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


This project is financed by the Youth in Action Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. If you come from a country other than Programme Countries, please contact the host NA for further information about the financial details. (Info for NAs - this TC is financed from the TCP budget)
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