Exploring youth engagement in a digital age
The Youth Work Online network was set up out of our first unConference gathering of people interested in online work with young people. Since then, the youth work online community has grown massively, and across the country (and Europe, and the rest of the world) practice in using social media and the web to engage with young people has really moved on.
But, there are still challenges. Digital & social media skills are rarely part of standard training for practitioners working with young people; policies still often focus on blocking access, rather than promoting positive use of technology; yhe technologies young people use are constantly developing, and it's hard to keep up.
So, in 2011 lets do something different: let's really move youth work online forward.
With some seed funding from UnLtd Better Net Awards, we've got the opportunity to hold a Youth Work Online 'Month of Action'. Here's the basic idea:
Over the four weeks between 14th March and 8th April 2011 members of Youth Work Online are invited to set up local events and activities to promote understanding of digital work with young people, building up to a national unConference on/around the 8th April.
Through an organising group (volunteers wanted!) we'll provide resources to support those local meetings and events - and we'll organise a series of thematic workshops to focus on:
And of course, will help convene the big unConference at the end of the Month. Throughout the month, we'll be encouraging everyone to contribute shared learning to the Youth Work Online website - and we will look to set up some new ways of collecting lists of key resources and support - making it easier for practitioners to find the information they really need.
How can you get involved?
Youth Work Online is made by it's members - so this month will only happen with your help:
I'm really excited to see what we can do in 2011 to take stock of digital youth work, and make new steps forward. I hope you are too!
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