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European Youth Work Convention: final declaration

Published 16 December 2020

The third European Youth Work Convention (EYWC) in December 2020 presented a final declaration with guidelines and suggestions for the European Youth Work Agenda.

The EYWC is the largest online event ever in the field of youth work in Europe. Around 1,000 participants from the youth work community of practice from 46 countries gathered on a digital platform 7 -10 December 2020. Youth work stakeholders from local, regional, national and European levels were represented.

On 20 November 2020, the Council of EU Youth Ministers adopted a resolution on the shaping of a European Youth Work Agenda, describing a framework for setting the Agenda and promoting the strengthening and development of youth work across Europe.

The EYWC and its final declaration play a crucial role in establishing the implementation process of the European Youth Work Agenda, known as the Bonn Process, providing a framework to strengthen youth work as a distinctive area of policy and practice in Europe. Building on the conclusions of the EYWC, the declaration proposes seven priority elements:

  • Strengthening youth work policy - by embedding youth work as an essential component of youth policy at all levels, from local to European.
  • Capacity building in youth work - through a coherent youth work education and training strategy and by bringing together non-formal and formal education pathways for youth workers.
  • Developing evidence-based policy practice for and through youth work - through better knowledge gathering and more research.
  • Strengthen partnerships - through transversal and cross-sectoral policy and practice at all levels of governance and implementation.
  • Providing and securing youth work provision - through better anchoring, more resources and wider support, including from the European institutions.
  • Broaden and deepen awareness and recognition of youth work within and beyond the community of practice through transparent information, communication and active advocacy.
  • Strengthening engagement and career opportunities in the community of practice - by addressing working and employment conditions.