About Project

We Empower Youth Workers with Digital Tools

In the globalizing world, rapid technological developments are taking place and they dominate all areas of our lives. The environments of people and the way they communicate with each other are changing, and the people of our age are known as technology society, information society. This rapid change and development of technology have led to the inclusion of many innovations in the world of communication, and to the digitalization of communication technologies in every field. Thus, the digitalization process has been entered in every field such as social life, education, and working life

Digital transformation shapes youth work, education, the labor market, social life, and interpersonal relations. With the development of technology, the world is getting smaller and changing our lives. Therefore, individuals need to improve their digital skills

According to the Future of Work 2018 report published by the World Economic Forum, new roles will emerge thanks to technology against professions that will disappear due to the development of technology by 2022. It was stated in the report that the demand for roles such as software and application developers, e-commerce, data analyst and data scientists, social media experts will gradually increase in the period of 2018-2022. Depending on the emergence of new business areas and the change in the distribution of roles, the competencies that employees should have will also differ. It is stated that by 2022, 54% of the global employees need to learn new skills, and 35% of them will need at least 6 months of training in order to gain competencies suitable for their duties. These competencies include skills such as technology design and programming, learning strategies, analytical thinking, leadership, creativity, critical thinking, active learning In today’s digital age, youth workers must also be prepared for and respond to the new opportunities, challenges, and demands of the age. The skills of applying to digital tools, reaching the right information, analyzing information, critical thinking, and effective use of technological systems should be developed.

Based on this, we prepared our training course entitled We Empower Youth Workers with Digital Tools in order to enable youth workers to take an active role in developing and diversifying digital media environments, to create awareness about tools, to make the right meaning of the contents and to increase their digital competence. As stated in th ‘’Young people, youth work and the digital world’ section of the ‘’THINKING SERIOUSLY ABOUT YOUTH WORK And how to prepare people to do it’’’ report by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, ‘there is consensus among actors that the digital competency levels of intermediaries may be insufficient to take full advantage of ICTs in their daily work. Youth workers may experience obstacles in this respect, including personal attitudes towards technology and social media and confidence levels. ‘’ And also as stated in the ‘’Digital youth work: youth workers’ balancing act between digital innovation and digital literacy insecurity’’ research ‘’the Lack of sufficient digital training and confidence, digital technologies can disempower both youth workers and youth workshops participants’’

There is a need for and it is important to implement courses to offer improvement for youth workers in this field. Increasing the competencies of youth workers regarding digitalization can play a vital role in improving their connection to the youngsters that they work with.