The 3rd European Academy on Youth Work focuses on emerging trends and developments and their impact on youth work.

Main questions the EAYW is exploring are:

What will youth work look like in the future?

How can we get ready for futures thinking?

How can we act, plan and envision for a future of youth work we don’t know?


The specific objectives of the 3rd EAYW are to support knowledge-building, peer learning and networking to:

  1. Jointly explore emerging trends and future developments and discuss their possible impact on youth work;
  2. Showcase and mainstream a variety of innovative practices, approaches and strategies developed in response to these developments and
  3. Foster networking and innovative thinking about the futures of youth work within the community.

Main Activities


3rd Residential EAYW Event

The third residential EAYW event for around 180 professionals from European youth work, youth policy and research was held from 14 – 17 May 2024 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.



Key features included:

  1. Workshops based on presentations of innovative practices, which will be selected in the frame of a public call;
  2. Inspiring inputs and discussions of key questions related to innovation, current and future trends and developments, which should help to address the needs of youth work in different environments and build the capacities for innovative approaches of the participants and their organisations;
  3. Presentation of the EAYW research: Futures of Youth Work – Potential Future Scenarios and validation of the research outcomes by the participants;
  4. Inviting spaces for community-building, networking and joint reflection about futures of youth work;
  5. Useful outcomes of the discussions and suggestions for follow up that can help to build the knowledge and capacities of the youth work field to respond to new needs and developments.


Programme overview


3rd European Academy on Youth Work 2024 ONLINE



Webinar 1: Futures of Youth Work

Date: 21 March, 10:00 – 12:00 CET

The first online event of the 3rd European Academy on Youth Work gathered actors in the youth field to hear about and discuss the first outcomes of the EAYW future foresight research, which started in autumn 2023 and explores the Futures of Youth Work.

Visual summary of webinar 1

Video recording of webinar 1

Article about webinar 1


Webinar 2: How Future-Ready Are You?

Date: 18 April, 10:00 – 12:00 CET

In this webinar, we looked into our relationship with the future and our current strategies to deal with the unknown.

Visual summary of webinar 2

Video recording of webinar 2

Article about webinar 2


#EAYW Goes Online!

Streaming is available on our YouTube channel and posted on our Facebook and Instagram.


Creating New Futures

Wednesday, 15th May, 9:30 – 11:00 CEST

Input by Adanna Shallowe about futures foresight. What is futures foresight, how is it being used, and why is this approach important? How can it help us take meaningful decisions and develop strategies in different fields today? Who decides on our future, and how can we get engaged with it?

Adanna Shallowe is an international affairs analyst, a skilled network weaver and facilitator. As a foresight practitioner, Adanna co-authored a research report entitled A Stitch in Time: Realising the value of futures & foresight. She is passionate about employing foresight tools to empower everyone to create more just and equitable futures for their communities and societies. 


Futures of Youth Work

Thursday, 16th May, 11:30 – 13:00 CEST

Presentation by Özgehan Şenyuva and Aleksandra Szymczyk of the outcomes of the Futures of Youth Work research project that was undertaken by the EAYW over the past ten months. You can hear about the different scenarios of youth work in different time horizons until 2050 that have come out of this collaborative research. How will youth work develop in the coming years? What emerging trends and developments can we already see or sense today? The session also offered the opportunity to reflect on the connections between the possible futures and the present realities of youth work.

Özgehan Şenyuva is an Associate Professor in the International Relations Department at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, where he works extensively on youth, public opinion, Turkey-European relations and the politics of European football.
Aleksandra Szymczyk is a Research Associate at Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has been conducting research and co-authored publications on topics related to child and youth well-being.
Gisele Evrard is a professional in Gestalt therapy, systemic and family constellations, with extensive experience in the field of European youth work and training, focusing on teams and organisations development processes, training and coaching and facilitation of learning.


Webinar 3: Meeting the Future – What Can We Do? 

NEW DATE: 12 September, 10:00 – 12:00 CEST

In this webinar, we will look at ways forward, based on the outcomes of the residential EAYW event, the first two webinars and the Futures of Youth Work research project.

Registrations are not open yet. More information will be available here after 10 July. 


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Futures of Youth Work

Futures of Youth Work is an ongoing collaborative research project – An investment of the EAYW into futures thinking using foresight methodology that aims to consider and shape the future of youth work in ways that align with the needs of a fast-changing world. Futures of Youth Work explores emerging and future developments of relevance for young people and youth work and develops scenarios for youth work in the future.


InnovationPlus wants specifically to strengthen the innovative dimension of Erasmus+ projects. The project includes the development of a Toolkit on the topic of innovation throughout the different stages of project development, implementation and evaluation addressed to project organisers as well as a Workshop Module for a one-day workshop on the topic to be implemented in particular by National Agencies in their national context.