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  • 1. Youth work in Estonia 19th Oct 2007 Lindia, Gerd, Elina, Anneliis, Annika and Aili
  • 2.
    • The main goal of youth work is to create opportunities for young people for activities that facilitate their development and enable them to be active outside their families, formal education and work, to support the young person in the socialization process and promote his/her transition into a well-coping member of society.
  • 3. HOW DO WE DEFINE YOUTH WORK?
  • 4.  
  • 5.
    • The target group of youth work is young people aged between 7-26 years.
    • There are 1 351 069 inhabitants in Estonia, 373 994 of them are at age 7 to 26
  • 6.  
  • 7. ON THE REGIONAL LEVEL WE USUALLY HAVE:
    • One youth work specialist
    • Secretary of the Juvenile Committee
    • Information and Counselling Centre
    • Occasional Youth Councils
  • 8. Youth work is organized by different institutions and in different settings i.e. youth organizations, youth centers, hobby-schools, youth camps, through projects, extra-curriculum activities in school etc.
  • 9.
    • MINDMAP INPUT: Local youth coordinator tries to fulfill all the roles and tasks stated in mind-map as much as the time allows; but is not always able to do it with a strategic approach; also the areas are different (e-g sport, culture) but sometimes there's no time for analysis and for integral an approach
  • 10.
    • MINDMAP INPUT: An additional role for local youth coordinator in Estonia: firefighter ?
  • 11.
    • MINDMAP INPUT: Quality of the local youth work depends on the personality of the LYC – if the person has the proper knowledge base and is enthusiastic, the results are more visible. However it is not the case in many localities.
  • 12.
    • Quality issues in youth work evaluation is in process there is a frame ...
    • ... but no picture inside
  • 13. RECOMMENDATION I
    • R ecognition of the profession of the youth worker/ LYC is needed .
  • 14. RECOMMENDATION II
    • P rovide a coaching system for the local youth coordinator in order to help her to tackle all those roles and help him/her to analyze the situation at hand.
  • 15. RECOMMENDATION III
    • There should be regulat ions ( from the national level ) that if there ’ s a certain amount of youth there should be a mandatory position for a local youth coordinator ( instead of dividing tasks amongst other areas ). Also the geographical conditions should be taken into account.
  • 16. DESPERATE NEED
    • In crease youth participation on the local level!