new spaces

Innovation in youth work

Boosting opportunities
Wednesday, 9 December 2020  •  11:15 AM  •  Workshop room 17

Innovative and experimental youth work is crucial for securing and promoting quality development and thus responding to the needs of young people and emerging trends, developments and challenges in society. Exchange and knowledge gathering of creative, transformative and innovative youth work practices is crucial. Participants will discuss which role resources as well as platforms and training play to support innovation in youth work.

Sonja Mitter Škulj

Through her work at SALTO SEE RC, Sonja Mitter-Škulj and her team support European co-operation in the youth field involving Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Partner countries in the Western Balkans as well as the further development of youth work in these countries. Since 2018, Sonja has also co-ordinated the European Youth Work Academy, a long-term co-operation project of several National Agencies and SALTO Resource Centres promoting innovation and quality in youth work. Before moving to Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2000, she worked as educational advisor at the Youth Department of the Council of Europe. Sonja holds an M.A. in history with a focus on history of migration and integration of minorities.

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Dr. Naomi Thompson

I'm a senior lecturer in youth and community work at Goldsmiths where I teach students who are training to be youth workers. I also do research about youth work and young people with a focus on issues of inclusion and exclusion partcularly in faith-based youth work and with young people of faith. I'm currently coordinating a transnational Erasmus+ project to develop training and resources for youth workers about child sexual exploitation and to develop transnational responses. I edit for the open access journal, Youth & Policy, at

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