EU Council conclusions on smart youth work

Year of production: 2017

EU Council conclusions on smart youth work were adopted under the Estonian Presidency to the EU Council and built on the expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2016-2018.

The recommendations, first of their kind dedicated to smart or digital youth work, are centred around the potential of new technologies:

“Technological developments open great potential for empowerment of youth by providing access to information and by enriching opportunities for enhancing one’s personal capabilities and competences; providing opportunities for connectivity and interaction with others but also for voicing one’s opinions, for creativity, for self-realisation of one’s rights and active citizenship.”

Among others, the document defines smart youth work as “the innovative development of youth work encompassing digital youth work practice, and including a research, quality and policy component”.


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