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How far has youth work gained formal, social and political recognition? Bit by bit resources and actions are having an impact on how we perceive the valuable contribution it has to young people and society as a whole and an ongoing objective.In this episode we introduce the Visible Value library of resources and inspiring stories on youth work recognition developed by the EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership. With Nik, Darko and Tanya we are discussing recognition from grass-root to international level, how recognition is an important layer of youth work processes and an important pre-condition for making youth work a viable career pathway.    Guests: Nik Paddison and Darko MarkovicHosts: Ismael Páez Civico and Tanya BasarabWould you like to know more? Have a look at our resources on recognition of youth work. 
Meet Biliana Sirakova, the newly appointed EU Youth Coordinator. What is the role of EU Youth Coordinator? How does she work on connecting and coordinating different youth initiatives, aimed at achieving EU Youth Goals? What are her daily tasks and challenges? Listen to the podcast to learn more about how EU Youth Coordinator supports co-creation of the European Year of Youth with other stakeholders and  inclusion of young people's voices in policy making.What are her impressions of the European youth sector? For more information, visit the European Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/home_en  Guest: Biliana SirakovaHosts: Ismael Páez Civico and Clotilde Talleu
Participatory democracy does not rely only on elections, but also on a range of other tools and mechanisms which facilitate citizens' participation in decision-making. These tools can help young people to organise, engage with policy-makers at all governance levels and demand policy changes. In this episode we discuss the contemporary youth participation trends, what different tools and methods are used by the Council of Europe and its member states, the European Youth Forum, and youth organisations across Europe, and what is needed to achieve meaningful participation and impact on policy. Guests: Cornelia Perle and Christiana XenofontosHosts: Ismael Páez Civico and Lana PasicWould you like to know more? Have a look at our resources on youth political participation.
It’s been more than a month since Ukraine was attacked by the troops of the Russian Federation. Many people fled Ukraine and found shelter in the neighbouring countries, many also moved to other regions of Ukraine, which are not suffering from heavy bombing. How is the youth sector in Ukraine involved in supporting both civilians and the armed forces? How are young people involved in organising and delivering support to the refugees from Ukraine in Moldova? Guests:  Mariana Țurcan - Adviser to Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova on Education and Youth, Coordinator of the Moldova for Peace platform, Member of EKCYP Vasyl Shatruk - former director and currently a volunteer of the Lviv Regional Youth Centre, head of NGO “Centre of Initiative Youth”, Ukraine.  Hosts: Dariusz Grzemny and Tanya Basarab The transcript is available HERELinks:Background information on the situation of young people and youth sector in Ukraine before and after 24 February Lviv Regional Youth Center is a public  institution, run by the Lviv Regional State Administration. Its mission is to promote socialization and self-fulfillment of young people, including intellectual development and healthy lifestyles, and facilitation of non-formal education. It serves as a platform for communication, cooperation, and development of competencies of active young people and youth organizations in the Lviv region. Currently, the Youth Center has turned into a center of volunteers and humanitarian aid to help and support refugees, armed forces and those who remained in the areas under the war in Ukraine. They collect and distribute medicine, food, clothes, and equipment for the army. Recently, they collected money to buy a vehicle for the armed forces and now proceed with collecting money for drones.dopomoga.gov.md - Moldovan platform run by the government offering services to refugees from Ukrainedopomoha.md - an information and support platform for refugees from Ukraine run by Moldova for Peace
Citizenship education remains a contested term, lacking a universally accepted definition. Both, the understanding and practice of citizenship education have been discussed by educational institutions, the youth sector, political parties, ideologies, cultures and society as a whole. While citizenship education is often understood in relation to democracy, human rights and young people's participation in decision-making processes, some researchers and practitioners argue that we need to go beyond the current practice and consider a radical reform in the way citizenship education is taught.Guests: Nika Bakhsoliani and Sérgio XavierHosts: Ismael Páez Civico and Lana PasicLink to the research paper: Radical Education - A pathway for new utopias and reimagining European democracies
Digital youth work comes, undoubtedly, with many benefits. It was even perceived as a beautiful, pink balloon, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic when all youth work had to be done online. However, very quickly it turned out, it also comes with many costs. In this episode, we are discussing the limits of digital youth work based on the research paper published by the EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership on "Technology and the new power dynamics: limitations of digital youth work" by Alicja Pawluczuk and Adina Marina Serban. We are looking at five areas of these limitations: Digital technologies, mental health, and feelings of disconnectedness Big tech and AI v. meaningful communication and youth empowerment  Digital inequalities in youth work  Strategic digitalisation of youth work  Space in digital youth work Guests: Alicja Pawluczuk and Andrei DobreHosts: Dariusz Grzemny and Tanya BasarabThe transcript of this episode is available HERELink to the research paper: Technology and the new power dynamics: limitations of digital youth work
Youth sector in 2022

Youth sector in 2022

2022-02-2434:03

The year 2022 is full of new initiatives in the youth sector: the European Year of Youth, announced by the European Commission,  the Council of Europe's campaign Democracy Here, Democracy Now and the 50th anniversary of the youth sector in the Council of Europe. In this episode, we are discussing these initiatives with Antje Rothemund, the Head of the Youth Department in the Council of Europe and Ioannis Malekos, the Head of Unit for Youth, Volunteer Solidarity and Traineeships Office at the Directorate  General of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture at the European Commission. We are also trying to see what role the EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership will play within these initiatives. Hosts: Dariusz Grzemny and Clotilde TalleuLinks:European Youth Portal - European Year of YouthCouncil of Europe - Democracy here. Democracy now. Youth campaign for revitalising democracy
All of us can contribute to the development of the youth work environment! What needs to change? Do I need to be a superhero and do everything on my own? Where do I start? The EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership's upcoming publication can support you in starting a change. In this episode, we are talking with Ajša Hadžibegović and Bastian Küntzel, the two authors of Thinking Together and Levelling Up: a thinking and action kit for the continuous development, improvement and strengthening of the youth work field. Youth work development can start with a dream, followed by a reality check and a plan of where you want to go. The Thinking kit invites you to check the reality of youth work, to think what aspects of it need improvement and seeing how others did it, develop a step-by-step action plan. The Thinking kit will be available soon. Hosts: Ismael Paez Civico and Marietta BalázsLink:The Thinking kit draws on an extensive body of research on education and career pathways of youth workers carried out between 2018-2020, mapping realities and delving into specific aspects of youth work in Europe. The research was published in Youth worker education in Europe: policies, structures, practices by Marti Taru, Ewa Krzaklewska, Tanya Basarab (eds)Visual translations: youth work environment and youth work practice architectures
The EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership has recently published a research paper “European youth work policy goals analysed” written by Ilona-Evelyn Rannala, Jelena Stojanovic and Marko Kovacic. The goal of this analysis is to showcase, examine and compare youth work policy goals/objectives of the European Union and the Council of Europe. Where do they meet? What is different? What tools do they propose to reach the youth work policy goals? In this episode, we are discussing these questions with Babis Papaioannou from the European Commission and Ilona-Evelyn Rannala, a youth researcher from Estonia. We also look into the European Youth Work Agenda and the response it got from the member states and the European Year of Youth.Hosts: Dariusz Grzemny and Tanya BasarabThe transcript of the podcast is available HERELink:European youth work policy goals analysed: The role of the EU-CoE Youth Partnership in the interplay between the European Union and the Council of Europe by Ilona Evelyn-Rannala, Jelena Stojanovic, Marko Kovacic
The impact of learning mobility projects is quite well known, it is well researched, mainly when it comes to the impact on the individual level. We think about it when we develop project ideas - what impact will the project have on the participants. But the impact does not end with the individuals, it also extends to a community - people who are sometimes intentionally or unintentionally affected by the project actions. Recent developments in European youth policies and programmes show that more emphasis is put on understanding the impact not only on the individual level, but also on the local community or wider society.What do we mean when we talk about community? What impact do learning mobility projects have on the community? How to measure it? Why is it important? These are some of the questions we are discussing in this episode with our guests: Alexandra Severino, one of the authors of the research paper on Community Impact Indicators for Learning Mobility done by the youth partnership Susie Nicodemi, one of the authors of the Practical Guide on Community Impact of Learning Mobility Projects, and Romina Matei, for Salto European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre that developed the practical guide.  Link to more materials: European Platform on Learning MobilityThe transcript of this episode is available HERE
About time! is a new reference manual for youth policy from a European perspective published by the Youth Partnership. The manual is a reference tool for initiating youth policy and learning about the diversity of national and international governance and about the infrastructure available for youth policy, its implementation, review and evaluation. Thematically, it focuses very specifically on those areas of youth policy that have been formulated and developed through European consensus-building – participation, information, volunteering, social inclusion, access to rights, youth work, mobility and digitalisation.In this episode, we are talking with the authors of the manual - Howard Williamson, Zara Lavchyan and Max Fras - about who the manual is for, how it was developed and what can be found there. We are also trying to reflect on the state of youth policy nowadays. Hosts: Dariusz Grzemny and Tanya BasarabThe transcript of the podcast is available here: -------Link: ABOUT TIME! A reference manual for youth policy from a European perspective, by Howard Williamson, Max Fras and Zara Lavchyan. Edited by Tanya Basarab and Howard Williamson, ISBN 978-92-871-8663-8 © Council of Europe and European Commission, May 2021. Printed at the Council of Europe: https://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/youth-partnership/youth-policy-manual-2021 
In this podcast series, we have discussed many times the impact of the pandemic and all related restrictions on the lives of young people. Some time ago, we also had an episode on the Covid-19 Knowledge Hub developed by the Youth Partnership. The Hub has been there for a year now, and since it was officially launched at the Youth Knowledge Forum in October 2021 it has been filled with new information, research papers and other relevant materials. In this episode, we take a closer look at how the Hub functions today, what are the new findings from surveys and briefings, and what are the key priority themes. Our guests today, Irina Lonean and James O'Donnovan, researchers involved in the development of briefings and surveys, will provide us with some insights into what’s new on the Covid-19 Knowledge Hub. Hosts: Dariusz Grzemny and Lana Pasic.The transcript is available here: https://share.transistor.fm/s/9177776b/transcriptLinks:The Knowledge Hub: COVID-19 impact on the youth sector - https://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/youth-partnership/covid-19 
In today’s episode we are discussing two European Youth Strategies, the EU youth Strategy and the Council of Europe youth sector strategy, looking at what they have in common and where they differ but also how relevant they are now in the COVID or post-COVID period. Both strategies are institutional reactions to the situation of young people in Europe.The reason for our discussion is the paper written by Frederike Hofmann-van de Poll and Howard Williamson who are reflecting on and analysing both strategies. Today we are discussing this paper and both strategies together with Frederike Hofmann-van de Poll, a Senior Researcher at German Youth Institute and Miriam Teuma, Chief Executive of Malta’s national youth agency and also the chair of European Steering Committee for Youth in the Council of Europe. Hosts: Dariusz Grzemny and Tanya BasarabThe transcript of this episode can be found here: https://eu-coe-youth-partnership.transistor.fm/episodes/european-youth-strategies/transcriptLinks:Frederike Hofmann-van de Poll and Howard Williamson, European Youth Strategies - A reflection and analysis: https://pjp-eu.coe.int/documents/42128013/101043895/European+Youth+Strategies+-+reflection+paper.pdf/ba2cb002-9705-620d-3ddb-bc4939c6d3b4
The EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership has recently published a study “Young people in rural areas: diverse, ignored and unfulfilled” co-authored by Adina Marina Șerban and Rūta Brazienė. One of the most striking findings is that rural policies ignore young people and youth policies ignore rural youth. Generally, there is little understanding and acceptance in policy that young people in rural areas represent a diversity of groups, interests, needs and aspirations. Hosts: Dariusz Grzemny and Tanya Basarab Guests: Adina Marina Șerban, one of the authors of the publication, and Karen Ayvazyan from the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe. Enjoy listening!    The transcript of the episode is available here: https://eu-coe-youth-partnership.transistor.fm/episodes/rural-youth-diverse-ignored-and-unfulfilled/transcript Links:Young people in rural areas: diverse, ignored and unfulfilled, by Adina Marina Șerban and Rūta Brazienė: https://pjp-eu.coe.int/documents/42128013/106317733/Rural-youth-study.pdf/1fde9ee6-48ce-a2f7-2985-124b44ae46e7     
The issue of climate change and its impact on all of us has been discussed in many activities implemented both by the European Union and the Council of Europe. It also appears in many policy papers issued by both institutions. It is also present in many initiatives undertaken by youth organisations and youth movements. How can we, in the youth sector, be more environmentally conscious? How can we mainstream environmentally responsible practices? How can we make the youth sector greener?Recently, the EU-CoE youth partnership, in cooperation with the Task Force on greening the youth sector, and in consultation with youth organisations has developed the sustainability checklist, which will serve as guidelines for youth initiatives across Europe.In this episode, we are talking to two people this time: Pegah MOULANA and Neringa TUMĖNAITĖ. Pegah is a human rights activist based in Europe, mostly focusing on mainstreaming and recognition of the impact that climate change will and already plays on young people. She started her lobbying work from the age of 11 and since then, has worked towards voicing the concerns of young people to decision-making bodies, including governmental authorities and institutions. She is the current Chairperson of the Climate Change task force at the Youth Department of Council of Europe. Her recent work focuses on the role the environment plays towards maintenance of peace and establishment of democracy; especially on introducing a sustainability framework which can be used by all sections of the institution. At the moment she is Chairperson of the Programming Committee on Youth, a section that is in charge of funding activities organised by youth organisations across Europe who have the aim of mobilising and educating young people on their access to rights.Neringa is a Lithuanian Human Rights & Environmental activist, researcher and academic interested in development justice, youth empowerment and civic society cooperation. She is a member of the Pool of European Youth Researchers at the EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership, an MPhil/PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London and the Director of Humanity Consulting. Neringa has led several forums in Asia, MENA and Eastern Africa, bringing together CSOs, entrepreneurs, activists and institutions (EU, AUC, UfM, ASEAN, Ministries) to facilitate youth-led policy recommendations (e.g. “Building Youth Partnership Opportunities to Advance UN Sustainable Development Goals for Education, Peace & Innovation.”) She has also collaborated with the World Social Forum, where she co-facilitated discussions on Environmental action and global civic society cooperation. Neringa's most recent research paper "Greening the youth sector: checklist for youth activities" focuses on the role youth organisations can play in mitigating the Climate Change.    Hosts: Dariusz GRZEMNY and Lana PASIC. The transcript of this episode is available HERE (https://eu-coe-youth-partnership.transistor.fm/episodes/greening-the-youth-sector/transcript)Links:Webinar: "Greening the youth sector: sustainability checklist"
In previous episodes of our podcast, we have explored different topics covered in the latest Youth Knowledge Book on Young People, social inclusion and digitalisation. With this episode, we would like to focus on another topic you can find in the Knowledge book - digitalisation and social inclusion of youth people with disabilities. This topic is explored in two articles, which you can find in chapter 3 and 4 of the book. Today we are having two authors of these chapters: Roman Banari who wrote an article in which he presents the challenges for youth with disabilities related to accessible technology and provides an insight into how they can benefit from ICT in order to be included in participatory processes, education and the labour market. and Judit Gombás, who is a co-author of the article on digitalisation for the empowerment of individuals with visual impairment or blindness. Hosts: Dariusz Grzemny, and Lana Pasic from the EU-Council of Europe youth partnership.The transcript of this episode is available HERE.You can find Roman's and Judit's articles in the Youth Knowledge Book on Young people, social inclusion and digitalisation.
This is another episode, in which we do deeper into different topics explored in the Youth Knowledge Book on Young People, social inclusion and digitalisation. This time we look into two chapters that discuss how digitalisation is affecting young people’s mental health and well-being.Our guest, Cathy Street wrote a chapter, in which she looks into young people’s digital well-being outlining current research findings about both positive and negative effects of digitalisation, including problematic or excessive use of technology and some theories behind these findings.Ursula Curven, our second guest,  wrote an article, in which she explores how young people who are marginalised and isolated can feel supported through the use of peer chat media such as Yik Yak, social media app that enabled people to post anonymously in short message format, similar to a text or Twitter. My name is Dariusz Grzemny and together with Lana Pasic from the EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership, we will be discussing the topic of young people’s mental health and well-being with our guests. Enjoy listening!----Transcript of this episode is available HERE.----You can find Ursula's and Cathy's articles in the Youth Knowledge Book on Young people, social inclusion and digitalisation.
This time we are talking with two guests - Daniel Briggs, who wrote an article on the use of WhatsApp by newly arrived refugees in Europe and Antía Pérez-Caramés, who reflected on the virtual communities created and used by young Spanish migrants in Europe. Both articles were published in the Youth Knowledge Book on Young people, social inclusion and digitalisation [LINK].Hosts: Dariusz Grzemny and Lana Pasic. The transcript is available HERE
This episode is one of the few ones, in which we will talk with different authors who contributed to the latest Youth Knowledge Book on Young people, social inclusion and digitalisation. Dariusz Grzemny and Lana Pasic are talking with two guests who wrote the chapter on Power, participation and geographical isolation exploring the impact of a digital project run with young people in the Scottish Highlands: John Taylor - Area Youth Officer from High Life Highland and Anja Johnston - an assistant youth worker in the far North of Scotland, who took part in the co-design and development of the Highland project as a young person. Young people who were involved in the project live mainly in rural areas, located sometimes tens or hundreds kilometres from the nearest town. They often do not have access to a broadband internet. Many of the villages and small settlements are not served by public transport and the only access is by car or, in some cases, by boat. Young people who live outside the main residential areas and attend school have long journey times to get there. Until summer 2018, John had never understood the term digitalisation, nor the concept of digital youth work. However, together with young people they managed to develop and run an interesting digital project. Enjoy this episode!The transcript is available here [LINK]Young people, social inclusion and digitalisation. Emerging knowledge for practice and policy [LINK]
Guests: Adina Serban, Ekaterina Sherer, Snezana Baclija Knoch and Dariusz GrzemnyHost: Marietta Balazs, project officer, EU-Council of Europe youth partnershipJoin the MOOC on Essentials of Youth Work here: [LINK]More information about the course: [LINK] The transcript of this episode [LINK]
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