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

31 May – 3 June 2022, Portorož, Slovenia

The 2nd EAYW will offer a space for around 150 professionals from youth work practice, research and policy to:

  •  explore what are the current challenges and trends that are calling for and leading to new, innovative and creative approaches and developments;
  • learn from examples of new and innovative approaches undertaken in response to current needs and developments;
  • 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.

Concretely, participants will be able to participate in several workshops of their choice where they will have the opportunity to explore the development (looking at the process behind the product) of innovative examples of practice from different fields and contexts of youth work, research and policy and addressing a variety of themes and target groups. The learning from these workshops and from inspiring inputs will be taken further in other discussion spaces and should contribute to the learning of the youth work field about how innovation can be understood and what actions might be needed to further support it.

The 2nd EAYW will further build on outcomes of current research on innovation in youth work undertaken in the framework of the EAYW and on the outcomes of the webinars Learning in Times of disruption and change.

Selected parts of the EAYW will be opened for online participation.

Insights gained from reflections and discussions during the 2nd edition of the EAYW will be coordinated and channeled into outcomes in a way to further support innovative approaches in youth work.

Originally planned for November 2021, the event has been postponed to 31.5. – 3.6.2022 due to the ongoing risks and uncertainties linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Participants for the 2nd EAYW have already been selected. The call for participants will be reopened in the beginning of 2022 for additional applications.