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10. Youth work

10.1 General context

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  1. Historical developments
  2. National definition or undertanding of Youth Work
  1. Historical developments

The role of open youth work in Lithuanian youth policy has increased over the last 15 years. Open work with young people in Lithuania started to take effect around 2010 (when the ‘Concept of Open Youth Centers and Spaces’ (2010) and the ‘Description of Open Youth Centres’ (2012) were approved by the Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor, although the majority of youth organisations have been involved in youth work before. At the initial period the youth policy framework and its funding mechanism and opportunities did not focus on flexible forms of work, i.e. they were mainly based on project funding and focused on more active youth. However, in 2019 amendments and additions to the Youth Policy Framework Law aimed to improve the conditions for youth work and established the basic principles of youth work and quality requirements for youth workers in open youth centers and open spaces.The role of open youth work in Lithuanian youth policy has increased over the last 15 years. Open work with young people in Lithuania started to take effect around 2010 (when the ‘Concept of Open Youth Centers and Spaces’ (2010) and the ‘Description of Open Youth Centres’ (2012) were approved by the Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor, although the majority of youth organisations have been involved in youth work before. At the initial period the youth policy framework and its funding mechanism and opportunities did not focus on flexible forms of work, i.e. they were mainly based on project funding and focused on more active youth. However, in 2019 amendments and additions to the Youth Policy Framework Law aimed to improve the conditions for youth work and established the basic principles of youth work and quality requirements for youth workers in open youth centers and open spaces.

  1. National definition or undertanding of Youth Work

As stated in ‘Concept of Open Youth Centers and Spaces’ (2010) and Description of Open Youth Centres’ (2012) approved by the Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor ‘youth work’ means activities of a social, informational, educational, cultural or other nature, carried out with young people or groups of young people on the basis of their needs, in order to integrate, integrate young people his social environment and enable him to participate in conscious and active personal and social life. Youth worker in Lithuania is seen as a specialist who implements public policy rather than a representative of a certain profession). Youth worker is an adult who works with young people in their leisure time and encourages their personal and social development through work with individuals, groups or communities. Youth worker should have competences that are recognized in accordance with the procedure set by the Department of Youth Affairs. Youth worker is paid for his qualified work with young people in accordance with the procedure laid down in the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania. 

 The recent 2019 amendments and additions to the Youth Policy Framework Law aimed to improve the conditions for youth work. Amendments and supplements to the law provide definitions of youth work, youth worker, open youth center, open space, non-formal education, establish basic principles of youth work and quality requirements for youth workers in open youth centers and open spaces. These types of youth work are distinguished: a) open youth work - work with young people in open youth centers and / or spaces with the principles of youth work; b) working with youth on the street - working with young people not in an institutional setting but directly in informal gatherings of young people (public spaces, streets, parks, cafes, sports fields, clubs, etc.);  c) mobile youth work - youth work when moving to a residential area where there is no youth work infrastructure, taking into account the individual needs of young people living in the area; d) non-formal youth education is an activity that develops young people's personal, social and educational competences and is not implemented through formal education programs. Youth work instruments in recent years have focused more on the pedagogical objectives of helping to develop active citizenship and ensuring cooperation between different youth policies than on developing infrastructure for youth work.