CAAC exchanges with European stakeholders on Youth

Last week of May, the CAAC coordinator, Ms. Tamara Guirao, attended a seminar on “Urban Solutions”, held in Birmingham.  CAAC projects, like TONETA or local actions of the Atlantic Arc Cities concerning youth participation will be enhanced with the results of the training.
This seminar gathered more than 30 youth/social/street workers, youth/social/street workers, policy makers, police – community officers, Youth in Action national agencies’ staff and researchers working on the topic of youth in urban areas.
Eighteen European countries participated in this seminar: Austria, Belgium-FL, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK.
The seminar was organised and hosted by the British Council – the UK National Agency for the Youth in Action programme – in cooperation with the SALTO Inclusion Resource Centre, the Polish National Agency for the Youth in Action programme and the SALTO Cultural Diversity Resource Centre in the framework of the “Youth in Action” programme.
The event aimed to reflect upon the social challenges for young people in disadvantaged (sub)urban areas and inspire youth work to address/prevent these challenges.
  • To inventorise and reflect upon the main issues for young people in disadvantaged (sub)urban areas.
  • To exchange about different (sub)urban realities in Europe and learn from best/worst youth work interventions in cities across Europe.
  • To explore how different stakeholders can cooperate to address urban challenges and get inspiration for future youth work initiatives.
  • To find out how the Youth in Action programme (and other funding sources) can be used for urban youth (work) interventions.
  • To get to know local reality in Birmingham and learn from local best practices (project visits).
  • To analyse the role of youth work in urban areas and raise awareness about the potential and the limits of youth work.
The discussions at the seminar will feed into the SALTO Inclusion research about urban challenges and youth work solutions. The research publication will give an overview of the current situation, best practices and recommendations for successful youth work interventions in (sub)urban areas.
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