Project Description

THE PROJECT

Nowadays, the nature in which digital youth work is done varies largely between organizations and depends many times on individual youth workers and their skill level. This means there is no unified approach to new media and how to make the most of it for achieving youth goals and addressing youth’s need for improved media literacy.

Among our partners we identified that most of the time the implementation of internet and social media tools is used basely for communication purposes: communication with young people, spread of information, supporting youth’s activities and not so much for media education.

However, in a fast paced world of new media and the insanely rapid development of technologies and new media forms, that is not enough.

Youth workers need to be able to adapt to rapid changes and technologies, have a positive mindset and the necessary skill set to apply all this development to youth work.

The goal of this project is to increase media literacy and digital competences of youth workers and young volunteers and integrate new media into the practices of youth workers.

“New Media in Youth Work” is a project of exchange of good practices under Key Action 2 of Erasmus+ Programme. It is funded by the Portuguese National Agency – Erasmus+ Juventude em Ação.

OBJECTIVES

  • Raise media literacy and digital competences of youth workers, volunteers and young people to tackle such issues as fake news and press freedom, media and politics/decision making, internet safety, hate speech, cyber-bullying and trolling.

  • Identify useful tools, channels and means of new media to promote and add value to existing youth work.

  • Create common approach of integrating new media tools into youth work activities and how to make the most of them for achieving NGOs goals.

IMPACT

Because of this project, partner organizations and their youth workers will develop a systematic approach to the use of new media in their youth work. This will increase their capacity to operate at an international level and address common local needs.

Moreover, the project will capacitate youth workers to addres new media challenges, such as fake news, politics, hate speech, cyber-bullying etc. by increasing their media literacy, critical thinking and digital competences.

Young people from partner’s communities will also increase their media literacy, critical thinking and digital competences, which will enable them to be safer users of new technologies. They will raise the awareness of these topics inside their community and improve their sense of initiative, self-confidence and acception as well as boost social inclusion, unity and tolerance.

PARTNERS

Collaboration was formed by 5 partners from PT, HU, CZ, LT and SK who face similar problems and needs.

ACTIVITIES

Our project counts with two short-term joint staff training events taking place in Hungary and Slovakia as well as a blended mobility of youth taking place in Portugal.

Moreover, there will be 4 transnational project meetings in Hungary, Portugal, Lithuania and Czech Republic.

C1 | HUNGARY

C2 | SLOVAKIA

C3 | PORTUGAL

RESULTS

Our project will include a series of video guidelines on how to create content for new media, focusing on youth work.

These videos will be available here and in our YouTube Channel. Stay tuned.