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Youth Research Dialogue

Competences for youth work, with a special focus on mental health

Save the date for our last Youth Research Dialogue before the summer break, taking place on 20 June.

We will talk about competences for youth work, with a special focus on mental health.

Johannes from the RAY transnational research team will join this time and will discuss perspectives from our ongoing research project on competence development for youth work and training in the European Youth Programmes (RAY COMP) with a focus on mental health in youth work.

Our guest speaker will bring in a practical perspective (and good practices) on mental health, skills and needs for youth workers and youth leaders



Competences for youth work, with a special focus on mental health


20 June, 15:00 – 15:45 CEST


>> Elina Marjamäki (M.Soc.Sc.) has been working for MIELI Mental Health Finland since 2007 in the field of mental health promotion. She has co-written a handbook “Child’s Mind – Mental health promotion in early childhood education and child health clinics”. She has created a 10 hour online course “Mental Health Power” for youth workers. She works for MIELI in the Youth Work Competence Center and is training youth workers in mental health promotion of young people. An extensive handbook “Mental Health Power – A Youth Workers’ Guide to Promoting Mental Health” is available at the website.

>> Johannes Eick is a youth and civic engagement researcher working for Youth Policy Labs, a small research agency and think tank in the youth sector. There, he is part of the transnational research team of the RAY Network for the Research-based analysis of European Youth Programmes. Currently, he is also working as a teacher in Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne.


Livestream, which can be followed

Here: (link is not accessible yet)


Moderated by

Tomi Kiilakoski and Domagoj Morić



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What are the Youth Research Dialogues?

The overall aim of the ‘Youth Research Dialogues’ series is to not only to make RAY research findings more accessible but also other European youth research studies and create a dialogue between researchers about their findings. The ‘Youth Research Dialogues’ series  promotes different topics, e.g. inclusion and diversity, pandemic and youth work, digitalisation etc. In addition to researchers from the RAY Network, the ‘Youth Research Dialogues’ series  features research colleagues from different global and European contexts and networks.

What is the RAY research project on competence development and capacity building for youth work and training in the European youth programmes (RAY COMP)?

This research project explores educational approaches to competence development and capacity building in the context of the European youth programmes and their suitability to strengthen the diversity, quality and impact of youth work across Europe in order to provide for the development of the necessary learning and training opportunities for the actors involved in the European youth programmes. More information HERE.

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