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 was 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” was a project of exchange of good practices under Key Action 2 of Erasmus+ Programme. It was co-funded by the Portuguese National Agency – Erasmus+ Juventude em Ação.