Context and background for this seminar

Youth work wants to be inclusive and to bring equal opportunities to all young people. Everyone matters, no youngster should be excluded from participating in youth work activities. Youth work wants to be a safe space where each youngster can feel at home together with other peers, experiment and learn through trial and error and explore own interests and talents, supported by youth workers in this personal and social development.

It should not be taken for granted that youth work is always inclusive. Often special efforts are needed to create access to youth opportunities for young people that would otherwise remain excluded. This is in particular the case for young people with a migrant background (i.e. those who are born abroad, or whose parents are). Often they are not participating in youth work. And this for many reasons:  they are not familiar with youth work, don’t have information about the existing local youth offer (e.g. youth centers, youth movements, cultural and art initiatives, sports, …), face financial or language obstacles, are newcomers in the local community, …

In addition youth organisations are not always aware of or prepared for the specific needs, concerns and obstacles these youngsters and their environment (eg. parents) might have.

Aims and objectives

This seminar brings together 20 people from all over Europe who foster the inclusion of young people with a migrant background in local communities through youth work activities. We aim to create a space for learning about approaches that youth work and youth policy use for supporting young people with a migrant background to participate in youth work.

More specifically we want:

  • To develop a common understanding of the role and value of youth work for social inclusion of young people with a migrant background.
  • To explore challenges and needs for social inclusion of young people with a migrant background in the local contexts and identify good practices and approaches for responding to these challenges in a youth work context.
  • To share and support own practices, expertise and projects that build bridges between young people with a migrant background and youth work, as an inspiration for future local and European youth projects.

Who are we looking for? 

We are looking for 20 participants. Join us if you …

  • are working, directly or indirectly, on the social inclusion of young people with a migrant background (e.g. in a youth organisation, local municipality, asylum center, …);
  • are motivated to build bridges between young people with a migrant background and youth work organisations;
  • are minimum 18 years old;
  • are able to work in English in order to establish effective communication during the seminar;
  • optional: have own experience to share on navigating young people with a migrant background towards youth work and youth activities.

Dates: 8-12 November 2021

Country: Belgium

Application Deadline: 10 September 2021

More information, as well as the online application form can be found at https://www.salto-youth.net/tools/european-training-calendar/training/seminar-navigate-you-th-building-bridges-for-the-inclusion-of-young-people-with-a-migrant-background-in-local-communities.9453/