Some examples of youth work activities:
Youth work is based on non-formal learning processes and comprises any form of intentional learning and acquisition of skills and competences in out-of-school setting and is delivered by e.g. youth organisations and other non-governmental organisations, town halls, youth centres or churches. The participation in youth work activities is voluntary and learning is linked to a young person's interests and aspirations. Youth work can help deal with unemployment, school failure, and social exclusion, as well as provide leisure time. It can also increase skills and support the transition from youth to adulthood.
Youth work is managed by professional or voluntary youth workers and youth leaders. The new EU Youth Strategy for the first time addresses youth work as a profession and youth workers as a particular target group.
Hence youth work contributes to achieve the overall objectives of the European cooperation in the field of youth. Therefore there is a strong need to strengthen the efforts for social and formal recognition of non-formal and informal learning in youth work activities.
Youth workers have to be equipped with the necessary knowledge, tools and skills to balance the relevant interests and motivations of young people. Youth workers today are increasingly confronted with the needs of youth with poor career prospects, motivation and marginalisation due to unemployment or any other form of social exclusion.