The project Youth Workers United mainstreams the involvement of youth CSOs in policy making and participation in the decision making mechanisms at national level aimed at recognizing the youth work. Moreover, the project will enhance the quality and benefits of youth work that are in line with best practices on regional and European level. This will enable better prospects for recognition of non-formal learning outcomes and skills that will benefit the young people in the country.
Overall objective of the project is to enhance institutional mechanism for cooperation of youth CSO’s with governmental departments as equal partners in tailoring youth policies and decision making regarding youth work.
- To improve the legal framework on youth work and implement effective policies regarding youth work;
- To strengthen the capacity of youth CSO’s for sustainable development and facilitate the networking process of youth workers;
- To initiate the process of national framework of recognition of youth work and to secure quality system of delivery of youth related activities;
- To build on best practice and know how sharing for youth work policy development on the regional level.
Beside youth CSOs and youth workers as the project main target group, a further number of stakeholders are involved in the process of recognition of youth work such as Agency of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education and Science, Vocational and Educational Training Centre, Adult Education Center, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Employment Service Agency.
Youth work in general aims at empowering and supporting young people by offering non-formal learning opportunities. It also provides to young people skills needed for better integration to job market, better performances at the working place and in civic or private life. It provides space and opportunities for young people, especially young people with fewer opportunities, to shape their own future. However, situation in Macedonia as well as in other countries is that it lacks attention and understanding of its role and of its value for an individual and for our societies.
– Youth Association creACTive
– South East European Youth Network (SEEYN)
– National Association of Youth Work Practitioners (NAPOR)
The project “Youth Workers United” is supported by the European Union within the program IPA TAIB 2011 “Further strengthening and financial sustainability of civil society”.