COVID-19 als grenzüberschreitende Herausforderung: Europäische und internationale Impulse für digitale Formate der Jugendarbeit

Elena Neu und Daniel Poli (IJAB)


Angesicht der aktuellen Krise werden derzeit verstärkt digitale Formate in der Jugendarbeit erprobt. Im Austausch mit Partnern aus anderen Ländern wollen wir innovative Praxisbeispiele vorstellen und diskutieren, wie Jugendarbeit mit virtuellen Methoden gelingen kann und welche internationalen Impulse wir für die Weiterentwicklung digitaler Formate generieren können. Mit der Session knüpfen wir an die Livestreamserie "at home around the world" an und laden zu virtuellem Austausch und Begegnung ein. Als Gäste begrüßen wir:
Miriam Teuma (Geschäftsführerin von Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, Maltas nationaler Jugendagentur)
Andriy Kolobov (Nationaler Koordinator von #EurodeskUkraine)
Sif Vik (Planungs- und Entwicklungsmanager bei Tvibit, einem kreativen Zentrum für junge Menschen in Tromsø, Norwegen)
Edgar Schlümmer (ehemaliger Direktor des Estonian Youth Work Centre und Verfasser des smart youth work Konzepts)

Dokumentation/Zusammenfassung aus dem YoPad

Miriam from Malta

Session is about covid 19 as cross-border challenge

  • What have you done in the last month and share good examples of your work?
  • Uncertainty makes people anxious
  • Look at pandemic from positive point of view – despite of being stuck on an Island
  • Be creative and develop the field
  • Youth work was ever face to face relationship – now digital?
  • In reality now has become a virtual relationship with a face 
  • Came up with new online space: think, be, feel positive, Chat in groups, online youth café (beat the boredom, fun activities) #youthworkonline
  • Zoom as platform of choice

Good side of pandemic: Now have to implement digital youth work

Andrij from Ukraine:

  • Insights in work during last months
  • Tool to distribute online events
  • Became complicates to create unique content
  • Try to focus on already established networks 
  • For Eurodesk important to keep up international cooperations – but borders were closed
  • Hope that volunteering does come back
  • IJAB: really hard, as they promote international exchange programs

really hard, as they promote international exchange programs

Siv, Norway:

  • Comes from the far north, the top of the world, cover large area, were forced before Corona to do a lot online
  • Focus on keeping young people active an positive
  • Snapchat, Facebook, Zoom, Teams, but “discord” platform they further developed – well known from gaming world
  • Used for livestream workshops and acitivities
  • Important: discord rules have to be obliged
  • Worked well for them
  • Used it for international youth film festival  - 20 participants – making films together
  • Need a reason to enter discord (regular activity)

Edgar, Estonia

  • At national agency also responsible for implantation of smart youth work concept
  • Pandemic positive push to complete some services (e.g. authorization)
  • Run national youth information service – pandemic gave new level of usage  - youth sector was very much appreciated 
  • Local level: also went online (discord, Facebook) and started to use places where young people are (gaming environment)
  • Music teachers started online classes
  • For the youth field it was a positive crises – but for vulnerable young people not
  • Example of virtual youth center: RVK Roblox Virtual Center

Discussion and Comments

What lasts, what have you learned? 

Miriam: Ideas can be challenged – you can also reach young people online – have reached young people we haven’t reached before – didn’t think that a couple of months before – it is good to challenge the ways we have worked before

Question: Has the feeling that using youth work in virtual space the differences between countries are disappearing. Is that right?

Andrij: Level of preparedness in schools is not clear – there are big differences - Need more equal access to tools and digital opportunities (infrastructure)

Edgar: differences mainly in process of organization and money and rhetoric of politicians concerning young people – big differences in accessibility to digital tools 

How was the process of inviting people to digital platforms?

Siv: was a lot of work to transport activities to digital platforms and promote them – time, imagination and money needed to promote content – reached people from all over Norway (not just their region) – learned that young people have very short attention spans in digital formats – difficult to be creative without personal contact in developing new ideas - did not have extra money, budget from cancelled activities transferred to digital formats