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Digital Youth Work under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2016-2018: sharing my recent fin

In February, I shared some of my preliminary data findings during EU Digital Youth Worker's meeting in Finland. The purpose of my video presentation was to contribute to the discussion on impact and evaluation of digital youth work.

The purpose of the Digital Youth Work EU experts group.

Set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth 2016-2018, the expert group on 'Risks, opportunities and implications of digitalisation for youth, youth work and youth policy' provides policy recommendations, training needs and good practice examples in developing digital youth work across the EU. Twenty-one Member States nominated a representative to this expert group from diverse backgrounds, including from ministries, youth organisations and councils, and national agencies working in the digital field. The European Youth Forum was invited as a permanent participant. (Source: European Commission, 2018)

Seminar: Developing Digital Youth work (Finland, February 2018)

The aim of the Developing Digital Youth work seminar was to demystify the idea of digital youth work and identify common challenges. It aimed to support organisations to develop digital youth work practices in their local context. The Developing Digital Youth work seminar brought together people involved with digital youth work to exchange good practices in Finland and elsewhere in Europe - Liz Green from Youth Link Scotland, was representing the Scottish perspective and sharing the work of the Scottish Digital Youth Work Network.

My video presentation: Digital Youth Workers and their perceptions of IMPACT.

The aim of my presentation was to share some of my recent findings in terms of the data gathered from 20 interviews with digital youth workers in the United Kingdom. The video is about 17 minutes long.

EU Digital Youth Work Expert Group: Policy recommendations, training needs and good practice examples.

The group published a final report, covering some of the most important issues related to the digital youth practice in Europe. Whilst, you can access the publication here, I think it would be useful to focus here on some the recommendation which directly influence my research.There are two points in the final recommendations, which emphasise the importance of further research into both social impact of digital youth work as well the lives of young people in the digital age.

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Dr Alicja Pawluczuk

Alicja’s research, art and community education practice focuses on digital inclusion and education, gender digital divide and feminism. She is a founding director of the digital inclusion and digital storytelling collective Digital Beez. Through the use of participatory, critical and multidisciplinary approaches, she aims to examine the power dynamics associated with the digital and data divides.

Alicja’s digital inclusion practice is rooted in the areas of democratic education and community development. She has extensive experience in digital inclusion community projects design, facilitation, and evaluation. Both her community engagement practice and her research are characterised by the use of experimental and interactive methodologies. Over the last 10 years, her work has been responding and changing in accordance with the contexts of digitalization of society. Alicja has a track record of peer-reviewed publications and cross-disciplinary public engagement activities. Both her research and practice are characterised with the use of experimental and creative methods. She has managed and contributed to digital literacy and digital inclusion and learning projects with the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and Erasmus.

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