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Youth Work Recovery Conference



The Youth Work Recovery Conference will bring policy, practice and research together and discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and crisis on the field of youth work (and its respective actors) across Europe.

It aims to explore the evidence on the needs for support of youth work in Europe, on the one hand, and the available support options for youth work in Europe, on the other hand. Therefore, gaps in existing support measures as well as specific and concrete mechanisms needed (in addition to existing ones) should be identified.

Another objective is to discuss the role of the European youth programmes in strengthening post-pandemic support of youth work.

The Youth Work Recovery Conference aims to formulate clear recommendations for action for relevant actors on how to improve, strengthen and widen the post-pandemic support and development of youth work across Europe.



As a follow-up it is planned to coordinate parallel (policy) activities – policy events, social media coverage, panel discussions etc – where the recommendations for the recovery of youth work are disseminated and discussed at European, national and regional level. Furthermore, national delegations and European stakeholders are encouraged to develop strategic approaches and concrete activities within their contexts.

The conference seeks to involve and invite various actors and stakeholders of the European youth work sector from practice, policy and research.



The Youth Work Recovery Conference will take place from 13-16 June 2022 in Helsinki, Finland. It will last approximately two and a half days, with an arrival and start in the late afternoon on 13 June and an end on 15 June in the evening (departure on 16).

The Youth Work Recovery Conference is co-hosted by the National Agencies of the European youth programmes from Finland (host), Croatia, Germany, France, Portugal and Slovenia (co-hosts) as well as co-financed by Movetia (Swiss agency for exchange and mobility). The RAY Network Coordination (at the Finnish National Agency) is leading and coordinating the preparation process and the implementation of the conference in cooperation with the RAY transnational research team.

The conference is part of the European Year of Youth.




The registration process has started!

We are looking for participants of the European youth work sector from practice, policy and research. Please note, that conference participants should be working on designing and developing (or are already involved in the implementation of) recovery programmes for youth work in a capacity that allows them to contribute to the conference meaningfully, whether that be from the perspective of policy, practice, programming and/or research.

The conference will involve around 180 participants. We will ensure a good balance of participants (backgrounds, experiences, countries, …) in the selection process.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE has been EXTENDED until 29 APRIL (date of selection/information to applicants is 17 May).



Further details about the call, the application procedure, requirements, related costs and organisational details as well as the application form itself can be found via the following link:




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