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 150 professionals from European youth work, youth policy and research will be held from 14 – 17 May 2024 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.



Key features should include:

  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.


Draft Programme Overview


3rd EAYW Online

Selected sessions of the residential EAYW event will be live-streamed.

In addition, three webinars will be held between March and June 2024 for all who would like to learn more about the topics addressed by the EAYW.


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 will gather actors in the youth field to explore the futures of youth work. This will be an interactive webinar to discuss the future foresight research, which started in September 2023.

You can find more information and register HERE.


Webinar 2: How Future-Ready Are You?

Date: 18 April, 10:00 – 12:00 CET

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

The call for registrations with more information will be open from 4 March.


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

Date: 6 June, 10:00 – 12:00 CET

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.


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.