Innovation, Current Trends and Developments in Youth Work in Times of Disruption and Change

The 2nd European Academy on Youth Work follows the successful 1st pilot edition, which was organised in May 2019 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, and brought together around 170 professionals from youth work practice, research and policy, including institutions supporting youth work at different levels. Following a call for proposals, 36 innovative practices in and related to youth work were presented and discussed in relation to current trends and developments identified by the participants. More information and the final report of the 1st EAYW event are available here.

The 2nd edition builds on the experiences of the first EAYW, but also intends to go a step further by putting a stronger emphasis on learning about the mechanisms that can spark, sustain and support innovation in youth work as a response to the challenges and changing realities faced by societies and young people in Europe. It also takes into account the outcomes of current research on innovation in youth work carried out by the EAYW.


The 2nd EAYW offers a space for knowledge-building through peer learning, exchange and networking, in particular:

  • To jointly explore what are the current challenges and trends in and of relevance for youth work that are calling for and leading to new, innovative and creative approaches and developments;
  • To showcase and mainstream innovative practices, approaches, concepts and strategies developed in response to these challenges and trends;
  • To find out more about how innovation evolves in youth work, and which conditions are needed by young people, youth workers, organisations working with young people and other relevant stakeholders to spark and sustain innovative and impactful approaches, practices or strategies and
  • To produce outcomes of the reflections and discussions during the activities, which will help to build knowledge as a field and support further developments related to innovation in youth work.


Main activities include:

  1. Learning in Times of Disruption and Change – series of five interactive webinars, November 2021 – April 2022
  2. 2nd residential European Academy on Youth Work, 31 May – 3 June 2022, Slovenia


The EAYW aims to be inclusive and participatory in its approach and to give a voice to contributions representing the diverse levels, environments and stakeholders in youth work. Furthermore, it promotes cross-sectorial and multi-perspective approaches involving youth work practice, research, and policy, which have proven vital to successfully address identified developments or challenges. Reflection based on different perspectives should help to identify responses to trends that could be taken up by different roles.