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Different elements make the European Youth Work Agenda. It is characterised by a co-ordinated approach of stakeholders at different levels and in different areas of youth work.

Political commitment

Political documents of both the European Union and the Council of Europe are meant to put the EYWA on a firm basis, confirming commitment from both institutions to establishing it. In addition to the Council of Europe’s Recommendation on youth work adopted in 2017 and Youth sector strategy 2030 adopted in 2020 as well as the European Union’s Youth Strategy 2019-2027, an EU resolution on establishing the European Youth Work Agenda is planned to be adopted in November 2020 during the German EU Council Presidency. Moreover, a mutual agreement on supporting the implementation of the Agenda between both institutions could be one of the achievements.

Engagement of the youth work community of practice

3rd European Youth Work Convention

The 3rd European Youth Work Convention and its surrounding kick-off phase (accompanying preparation and follow-up activities in different formats) are a unique opportunity to bring the political commitment close to the youth work community of practice in Europe. The 3rd EYWC is the time and place for the community to discuss what is in the political documents and to plan how that can be put into practice in their different countries and youth work settings. The event aims to provide guidance and inspiration for implementing the European Youth Work Agenda and to spread a feeling of ownership for that process going beyond the event itself. Networking and community building among the participants in the Convention encourage and sustain engagement in implementing the EYWA. Continuous engagement of these participant delegations from 50 countries is a crucial factor in making the Agenda implementation a success. In their capacity as multipliers, they will have a lasting impact not only beyond the event but also beyond the EU borders. A final declaration for the youth work community of practice to confirm ownership of the process is written during the event. Developments within the youth work community of practice of the member States and at European level are intended to feed into the 3rd EYWC and the kick-off phase.

Bonn Process (implementation of measures and activities)

The Bonn Process is all about making the European Youth Work Agenda happen. This includes developing strategies and planning action, setting priorities for implementation in different settings, and designing measures and activities then to be actioned. It is endeavoured to take place everywhere from the local, regional and national to the European level.

The Bonn Process is intended to be co-ordinated both at European and at member States level. Furthermore, the EU youth programmes and the European Youth Foundation could be crucial instruments for the Bonn Process at European level. To exploit its full potential, making the EYWA happen at national level is planned to be encouraged. Success factors for a beneficial and impactful Bonn Process are collaboration and support from all stakeholders involved. The Bonn Process is meant to be monitored and evaluated; the outcomes from lessons learnt are meant to feed into further development. A continuous Convention series is planned to play a key role in the long-term strategic development of youth work in Europe.

Please also refer to our factsheet on the European Youth Work Agenda (203.90 kB, pdf). It explains the Agenda, also using an infographic.

If you are interested in finding out more about the 3rd European Youth Work Convention, we have a whole section of this website dedicated to it.