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

31 May – 3 June 2022, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia


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Second EAYW – Day-to-day programme


Practice & Reflection Forums – descriptions of all innovative practices presented during the event


The second EAYW event focused on learning about the mechanisms that can spark, sustain and support innovation in youth work as a response to the challenges and fast-changing realities faced by societies and young people in Europe today. It took into account the outcomes of the EAYW Study on Innovation in Youth Work of 2021 and the series of webinars on the topic of “Learning in times of disruption and change” carried out between November 2021 and April 2022.







The second EAYW event brought together over 160 professionals from the European youth work community of practice for knowledge-building, peer learning and and networking:

TRENDS: To jointly explore what are the main challenges and trends in and of relevance for youth work that are calling for and leading to new, innovative and creative approaches and developments;

RESPONSES: To showcase and mainstream over 30 innovative practices, approaches and strategies developed in response to these challenges and trends selected from over 200 expressions of interest;

INNOVATION: 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

FUTURE SUPPORT: To produce outcomes of the reflections and discussions during the event which can help to build knowledge as a field and support further developments related to innovation in youth work.


Pilot initiative: Be part of the European Academy on Youth Work 2022!

While the on-site conference was primarily aimed at professionals in youth work, 4 groups of in total 50 students in youth work and social work or social sciences from identified universities in several European countries were be able to participate online in the plenary session on the topic of “digital youth work – is the core in danger?” and a subsequent reflection & practice seminar for students on 2nd June 2022.

For this pilot initiative, EAYW cooperated with: MU Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University, Ireland; University of Applied Sciences UCLL, Belgium; Humak University of Applied Sciences, Finland; IU International Highschool Dresden, Germany.