Youth Work under pressure
During the 2nd European Youth Work Convention in 2015 in Brussels, 500 youth workers and youth policy stakeholders came together to discuss the "common ground" of youth work and highlight the relevance of youth work as a contributor to a more democratic Europe. The youth work community in Europe is called upon to support the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities and reach out to those young people who do not fit in with the mainstream system.
The European programme Erasmus+ Youth in Action has been recognised as a strong factor in creating more cohesive societies and supporting the development of youth work. After the terrorist attacks of Paris and Copenhagen, combatting violent radicalisation and extremism and promoting tolerance among young people has entered the political agenda, which is where youth work comes in.
In the meantime, however, youth work structures are closing down in countries such as the UK, and budget cuts are threatening youth work in countries such as Greece, Spain and others, leading to an erosion of youth work structures. How does this make sense? What can youth policy and youth work do? Meet European youth work experts and discuss with them the future of youth work!
- Howard Williamson,University of South Wales (UK)
- Panos Poulos, Board of the European Youth Centres Network – ENYC (GR)
- Przemysław Sadura, Instytut Socjologii Uniwersytet Warszawski (PL)
- Fréderique Loones, De Ambrassade (BE)
Moderation: Wout van Caimere