For youth work practices to advance, co-operation and synergies between member states' public authorities, youth organisations and the Council of Europe youth department are essential.
For their part, youth organisations can:
- Support the dissemination of the Recommendation among youth workers;
- Advocate the establishment or further development of quality youth work within local, regional, national or international youth policies;
- Actively engage in any planned measures for the implementation of the Recommendation;
- Implement capacity-building and awareness-raising activities with youth workers in order to further support the exchange of youth work practices, peer learning and the creation of sustainable networks and partnerships, for example through study sessions in the European Youth Centres and activities supported by the European Youth Foundation;
- Promote the sharing of practices and exchange of experiences among partners and stakeholders at both national and European levels.
Examples of good practice from youth organisations
Training to gain skills and confidence
In partnership with its member organisations, IGLYO organises an annual Activist Academy. This is a six-day intensive training course, aimed at young people at the start of their activist journey to provide a starting point for young people interested in LGBTQ rights to become activists. Split into three distinct stages – team building, skills acquisition and action learning – the course not only teaches young people practical skills, but gives them opportunities to put their learning into practice straight away through a series of group challenges. Through skills-based workshops and team challenges, this intensive training programme builds the confidence and skills of participants to become leaders.