Conference on Value and Recognition of Youth Work

4-7 December 2023 | Zagreb, Croatia

Gornji dio fotografije sadrži šarene oblike te su s desne strane na bijeloj pozadini slova "yw". U donjem dijelu fotografije na bijeloj pozadini piše Conference "Value and Recognition od Youthwork"

The European Youth Work Agenda (EYWA) aims to boost youth work by strengthening and further developing youth work practice and policies - one of the specific topics of the EYWA is the value and recognition of youth work.

The conference is part of a strategic cooperation project Strengthening youth work in Europe by supporting the implementation of the European Youth Work Agenda (SNAC EYWA), of 15 National Agencies and SALTO Resource Centres that has the aim to contribute to the EYWA by mobilising the EU youth programmes for youth work development within the Bonn Process and by setting thematic impulses.

The overall aim of the conference is to contribute to creating more recognition of youth work and to provide a platform for further reflection on the different dimensions of recognition. So far, recognition as understood in this way addresses the following four areas:

  • Self-recognition (valuing our own and others work as a field and gathering evidence of the impact of our work).
  • Social recognition (other professions and the public acknowledging and valuing youth work as a professional field contributing to society).
  • Political recognition (young people/youth work are included in policy development, and adequate political, legal and financial framing conditions exist).
  • Formal recognition (‘validation’ of learning outcomes and the ‘certification’ of learning processes in youth work, also the training and education of youth workers - within youth work and in formal education).

Aims of the conference

  • To share and explore good practices and strategies for strengthening recognition and to bring together what is already happening within the youth work sector (from different recognition dimensions and from different countries)
  • To learn about good practices in relation to recognition in other sectors
  • To create an overview of the current state of recognition of youth work (building on a communication campaign prior to the event and a collection of initiatives during the event)
  • To create a common message about the value of youth work that can be communicated to others external to our field with one voice
  • To empower participants and facilitate capacity-building to increase commitment to recognition (by increasing knowledge, tools, resources, networks etc.)
  • To develop strategies and action-planning to further strengthen the recognition of youth work
  • To develop strategies and action-planning to create strategic alliances with other sectors
  • To explore the opportunities of the EU youth programmes for implementing measures to strengthen the recognition of youth work

Target group of the conference

The conference aims at empowering those stakeholders who are already engaged in the professional debate on recognition, and who are looking for additional cross-border exchange and inspiration, resources, and practical tools as well as strategic alliances within and beyond the youth work community of practice.
It mainly targets stakeholders from the youth work community of practice, but representatives of other sectors with the scope of their work having an impact on validation and recognition of youth work are also warmly invited and welcomed.
The selected participants should be motivated to actively participate in the conference and to contribute to the follow-up of the conference.

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

More information about the different dimensions of recognition are explained in the video “What is recognition of youth work?” by the EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership.


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

Accommodation and food
Unless specified otherwise, the hosting NA or SALTO of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

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

Apply now!

Application deadline (24h UTC): 17 September 2023
Date of selection: 16 October 2023
* 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.

Contact for questions:

Sandra Miladin
Phone: 0038515556496

Elke Führer or Alicia Holzschuh, European Service Centre for the Bonn Process at JUGEND für Europa, National Agency for the EU programmes Erasmus+ Youth, Erasmus+ Sport and European Solidarity Corps in Germany;
Phone: + 49 228 9506-289 (Elke Führer) or + 49 228 9506-275 (Alicia Holzschuh).

More information is available at the link.

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