10.4 Quality and innovation in youth work
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According to the Youth Act 70/2007, the Icelandic Youth Fund provides financial support to youth clubs and organizations in developing and running innovative projects for young people. The primary goal is to assist Icelandic youth organizations and societies in expanding and enhancing their operations. Among the financed activities are:
- Coordination of training initiatives for youth leaders and facilitators, including seminars, conferences, and meetings
- Initiatives for collaboration among youth organizations
- Initiatives for innovation in the field of youth.
The following are the precise aims pursued by the Youth Fund:
- Enhance the participation rate of young individuals in youth organizations.
- Address challenges that jeopardize the integrity of youth organizations, including violence and xenophobia, in addition to various forms of intolerance and discrimination.
- Advocate and bolster sound governance practices within youth societies and organizations.
- Encourage youth organizations to engage in volunteer work in conjunction with social inclusion and equal opportunity.
Research and evidence supporting Youth Work
According to a new Youth Strategy, the long-term goal is to increase the role of research and development on the quality of youth work. The goals related to impactful research in the field of youth work are:
- To ensure open access to publicly funded youth research.
- Ensuring that quality research and research methods form the foundation of progress in the field of youth work.
- Enhancing research related to initiatives and activities for young people.
- Increase measures of cooperation with organizations, municipalities, and higher education institutions.
Participate Youth Work
No direct initiatives are made by the top-level authorities to involve young people in consultation specific to youth work. However, as stated in chapter 5.4 young people can have an impact on legislation through youth councils established at the local level. These may include the area of youth work but are not specifically directed towards it.
Smart youth work: youth work in the digital world
No top-level policies are in place to foster the application of digital technologies to youth work.