Alternativi International has implemented the mobility of youth workers Digital Youth Work from 4 th
until 11 th of June in Bansko, Bulgaria.
The Digital Youth work project focused on understanding digital youth work, digital learning and
online activism as concepts for NGOs, presenting innovative tools that can be applied in everyday
youth work, sharing good practices from all over Europe, increasing the knowledge and skills of youth
workers to use digital technologies for better volunteer management, internal communication,
online activism, online communication and also reaching more young people from marginalized
communities through digital tools.
The overall goal of the project was to provide youth workers and NGOs with adequate and up-to-
date tools: digital knowledge, skills, competencies and experience in youth work for more effective
inclusion of young people, especially those who are marginalized.
Through the implementation of the project, we have raised awareness among NGOs and youth
workers about the importance of digital tools to reach todays modern young person in a much
easier and more effective way. Participants were introduced to good practices of digital tools to
support their daily work with young people, to manage volunteers more effectively, to communicate
with team members, partners and volunteers, for online activism and project management.
By introducing concepts for digital youth work, good practices in the field, specific digital tools,
knowledge and information on digitalisation, we have invested in the quality of young workers and
therefore participating NGOs, which has affected the quality of services for young people they offer.
By acquiring digital knowledge, skills and competencies in working with young people, youth
coordinators and workers became more effective in their daily work with young people, began to
communicate more easily online, acquired skills for organizing online campaigns through which they
can reach to young people. In addition, this project has given a boost to some of the NGOs involved
to start transforming their services for young people, thus becoming more effective and able to meet
the needs of todays youth.
Some of the other important results of the project are:
-Strengthening the capacity of youth NGOs by equipping their staff with skills and knowledge so that
they can integrate technologies and digital tools into everyday youth work
-We were able to provide a deeper understanding of the concept of digital youth work, digital
education, online activism and to provoke participants to be more active online
– We also managed to increase the skills and knowledge of volunteer management through digital
tools such as Trelo, Asana, etc., online activism and online communication.
As part of the project a digital guide for youth workers with some useful information, resources, tools
and tips, related to digital education, online activism and digital youth work and will be shared free
online very soon so stay tuned!