EGL coordinator Judit Balogh presented at the TCA Meeting “Roads to Recognition of Youth Work” on the 7th of December. She introduced Europe Goes Local (EGL), the European Charter on Local Youth Work, and our new intranet WorkVivo. This consultancy and brainstorming event about creating new youth work policy took place in Ioannina, Greece.

The second day of this TCA meeting was about  youth work at the local, national, and European level.  Judit called in through Zoom to join the participants online. She introduced EGL in general, and went deeper into the Changemakers Kit and the European Charter on Local Youth Work.

Judit explained how the youth workers can use the Charter to reflect on their local realities and how the Charter can support creating policies and strategies for youth work and help recognition. She also showed the Changemakers Kit. This online toolkit guides municipalities and local organizations in starting a quality development journey, assessing the quality of youth work, creating dialogue with the different stakeholders and making an action plan together. Furthermore, Judit also told the participants about EGL’s new intranet. This will become an online platform and community building tool to bring together all actors involved in EGL.

A young person is walking next to a sea. Above him is the text "Roads to Recognition of Youth Work" and the logos of Erasmus+, European Year of Youth, and Erasmus+ Greece

Around 18 youth workers and representatives of Association of Youth Workers from Greece and Europe joined. They’ve discussed the formal and political recognition of youth work. Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and the Hellenic Association of Youth Workers cooperated to organise this activity.

You can find more information here.

The second Project Lab of Europe Goes Local focuses on rural youth work. This training will take place in Chalkidiki (Greece) from the 14th to the 17th of November 2022. The participants will also join a preparatory webinar and an online meet and greet session in October. If you’re interested in a general Project Lab about local youth work, you can apply for the Project Lab in Bonn.

Project Labs

The Europe Goes Local Project Labs are international training and networking events. They bring officials and practitioners in youth work together to strengthen the usage and exploitation of the possibilities offered by the Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps programmes for youth work at municipal level.

Specifically, the Project Labs aim to:

Find more information about this project lab on rural youth work here, and apply until the 20th of September here.

You can also still apply for the Project Lab in Bonn until the 5th of September. This project lab doesn’t have a specific theme.