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Suvi's presentation in the workshop "Youth work responding to social, political and digital challenges"

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  1. 1. Youth Workers’ Digital Competencies Suvi Tuominen, Verke, Finland @suvimt European Youth Work Convention 2020
  2. 2. ”There is a need to support the capacity of youth work to respond to new challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies and digital media.” The 2nd European Youth Work Declaration
  3. 3. Youth Work & Digitalisation on European agenda - European Union Work Plan for Youth 2016–2018 - Council Conclusions on Smart Youth Work (2017) - Council Conclusions on Digital Youth Work (2019) Digital youth work has seen sporadic political attention, but that these policy discourses and the resulting declarations at policy level have not yet been translated into the professional documents framing youth work practice. Hofmann-van de Poll, F., Pelzer, M., Riedle, S. & Rottach, A. (2020). The European Discussion on Youth Work 2015-2020. Munich, German Youth Institute.
  4. 4. • Definition of digital youth work • List of relevant training needs for youth workers • Policy Recommendations for developing digital youth work • Examples of innovative good practices • List of online available training material • Can be found at https://publications.europa.eu/s/fouj Expert group on digitalisation & youth
  5. 5. 1) Definition of digital youth work • Digital youth work means proactively using and/or addressing digital media and technology in youth work. • Digital youth work is not a youth work method - digital youth work can be included in any youth work setting (open youth work, youth information and counselling, youth clubs, detached youth work…). • Digital youth work has the same goals as youth work in general, and using digital media and technology in youth work should always support these goals. • Digital youth work can happen in face-to-face situations as well as in online environments - or in a mixture of these two. Digital media and technology can be used either as a tool, an activity or a content in youth work. • Digital youth work is underpinned by the same ethics, values and principles as youth work. Developing digital youth work. 2018.
  6. 6. www.digitalyouthwork.eu
  7. 7. 2) Training needs for digital youth work 1. Understanding digitalisation of society 2. Knowing how to plan, design and evaluate digital youth work 3. Supporting young people in information and data literacy 4. Supporting young people in communication skills 5. Supporting young people in digital creativity 6. Supporting young people in safety skills 7. Knowing how to reflect and evaluate own work & skills Developing digital youth work. 2018.
  8. 8. 2) Training needs for digital youth work Key messages from the expert group: - Every youth worker must understand the importance of digitalisation - Youth workers do not need to be tech experts - Most important thing is to know how to include digital elements in one’s own work - Interest towards technology is more important than skills, as skills outdate very quickly
  9. 9. What we have learned over the years about training? • Justifying the need of digital youth work is still needed • Youth workers need practical examples • It is more effective to train small groups of working communities than give mass trainings to 100 people • Youth workers need peer support from other digi enthusiastics • Not all youth workers can come to trainings: they need videos, podcasts etc • Most important is to talk about how digital links to youth work
  10. 10. High-quality youth work requires competent youth workers. Having competent youth workers does not automatically lead to high-quality youth work.
  11. 11. www.verke.org/materials
  12. 12. Learnings from the pandemic • Existing digital youth work strategies and local action plans helped the shift to new normal • New young people found their way to online youth work services • It is important to keep up the services that have been created • Youth workers have now very positive experiences about online work
  13. 13. www.verke.org/innobox
  14. 14. Kiitos!

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Suvi's presentation in the workshop "Youth work responding to social, political and digital challenges"

Transcript

  1. 1. Youth Workers’ Digital Competencies Suvi Tuominen, Verke, Finland @suvimt European Youth Work Convention 2020
  2. 2. ”There is a need to support the capacity of youth work to respond to new challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies and digital media.” The 2nd European Youth Work Declaration
  3. 3. Youth Work & Digitalisation on European agenda - European Union Work Plan for Youth 2016–2018 - Council Conclusions on Smart Youth Work (2017) - Council Conclusions on Digital Youth Work (2019) Digital youth work has seen sporadic political attention, but that these policy discourses and the resulting declarations at policy level have not yet been translated into the professional documents framing youth work practice. Hofmann-van de Poll, F., Pelzer, M., Riedle, S. & Rottach, A. (2020). The European Discussion on Youth Work 2015-2020. Munich, German Youth Institute.
  4. 4. • Definition of digital youth work • List of relevant training needs for youth workers • Policy Recommendations for developing digital youth work • Examples of innovative good practices • List of online available training material • Can be found at https://publications.europa.eu/s/fouj Expert group on digitalisation & youth
  5. 5. 1) Definition of digital youth work • Digital youth work means proactively using and/or addressing digital media and technology in youth work. • Digital youth work is not a youth work method - digital youth work can be included in any youth work setting (open youth work, youth information and counselling, youth clubs, detached youth work…). • Digital youth work has the same goals as youth work in general, and using digital media and technology in youth work should always support these goals. • Digital youth work can happen in face-to-face situations as well as in online environments - or in a mixture of these two. Digital media and technology can be used either as a tool, an activity or a content in youth work. • Digital youth work is underpinned by the same ethics, values and principles as youth work. Developing digital youth work. 2018.
  6. 6. www.digitalyouthwork.eu
  7. 7. 2) Training needs for digital youth work 1. Understanding digitalisation of society 2. Knowing how to plan, design and evaluate digital youth work 3. Supporting young people in information and data literacy 4. Supporting young people in communication skills 5. Supporting young people in digital creativity 6. Supporting young people in safety skills 7. Knowing how to reflect and evaluate own work & skills Developing digital youth work. 2018.
  8. 8. 2) Training needs for digital youth work Key messages from the expert group: - Every youth worker must understand the importance of digitalisation - Youth workers do not need to be tech experts - Most important thing is to know how to include digital elements in one’s own work - Interest towards technology is more important than skills, as skills outdate very quickly
  9. 9. What we have learned over the years about training? • Justifying the need of digital youth work is still needed • Youth workers need practical examples • It is more effective to train small groups of working communities than give mass trainings to 100 people • Youth workers need peer support from other digi enthusiastics • Not all youth workers can come to trainings: they need videos, podcasts etc • Most important is to talk about how digital links to youth work
  10. 10. High-quality youth work requires competent youth workers. Having competent youth workers does not automatically lead to high-quality youth work.
  11. 11. www.verke.org/materials
  12. 12. Learnings from the pandemic • Existing digital youth work strategies and local action plans helped the shift to new normal • New young people found their way to online youth work services • It is important to keep up the services that have been created • Youth workers have now very positive experiences about online work
  13. 13. www.verke.org/innobox
  14. 14. Kiitos!

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