Shrinking spaces: Youth work under pressure
Europe at the 17th German Child and Youth Welfare Congress
In many ways, the current financial, legal and social developments pose a great challenge for civil society organisations and youth work providers. Public budgets for youth work are being slashed, legal obstacles (e. g., non-profit status) are hampering civic engagement and social development, and general societal trends such as isolationism, (right-wing) populism and increasingly hostile polarisation are spreading across Europe.
On the one hand, these developments are limiting civil society groups’ (and in turn, youth work’s) scope for action; on the other, they require that the youth work community take a clear and confident stance when faced with these threats. What role can and should youth work occupy in this situation? How can youth work reconcile its societal mission to empower young people to live an independent life with the strained financial and political situation in which it operates? The presentations and workshops in this expert forum were an opportunity to discuss these matters, exchange good practices, and find responses to these questions.
Expert forum at the 17th German Child and Youth Welfare Congress
The expert forum took place at the virtual 17th German Child and Youth Welfare Congress (in German Deutscher Kinder und Jugendhilfetag or DJHT) from 18 to 20 May 2021, whose motto was “We create future - now!”, as part of the European workshop programme.
PDF document: Report and documentation - Hanjo Schild
Workshops at the 17th German Child and Youth Welfare Congress, 19 May 2021
YOUTH WORK UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE RIGHT
The rise of the political right, increasing state-sponsored restrictions and social division are a major challenge for the youth work community in many countries. In this situation, how can youth work maintain its scope for action?
SHRINKING BUDGETS: POST CORONA, WHAT WILL BE LEFT?
The youth work sector is no stranger to tight budgets. But to what extent have the coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences made things even worse? How can youth work maintain its scope for action in this situation?
PDF document: Impact of Corona - Andreas Karsten
WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES SHIFT: YOUTH WORK’S RESPONSE TO SOCIAL CHANGE
At this event we want to discuss how youth work can maintain its scope for action in light of demographic change, rising social inequalities and rural flight among young people.
PDF document: Youth Centre Grabrik - Aleksandra Podrebarac
PDF document: A critical return - Cristina Bacalso
PDF document: When circumstances shift - Siri Hummel
NEW SPACES FOR YOUTH WORK – OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF DIGITALISATION
Digitalisation has opened up new spaces for youth work to use in their activities for young people. On the one hand, this is resulting in entirely new opportunities; on the other, there are also major challenges. How is the youth work community responding to digitalisation? And how could it do better?
PDF document: LGBT-free zones - Justyna Nakielska