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Profession Youth Worker is in it’s infancy. Currently, the first generation of officially recognized youth workers are undergoing 4-month training organized by the Union for Youth Workers, financially supported by the Agency of Youth and Sport.
The Union for Youth Workers is nowadays the main information provider, but beside them, as a program country in Erasmus+, young people from North Macedonia are participating in many training and youth exchanges for youth workers (in the country and abroad). Information about such opportunities are provided by the National Agency for European Educational Programs and Mobilities.
Information are usually provided through social media. Information about opportunities for youth workers can be also found on some specialized websites that are providing different mobility opportunities for young people, like: mladi.mk; mladiinfo.eu, as well on websites on CSOs who are offering such opportunities.
Within the third European Convention on Youth Work, held from 7 to 11 December 2020, an initiative was developed to establish a European network of national associations of youth workers. The process was jointly initiated by the national associations of youth workers from 12 countries, including the Union for Youth Work from North Macedonia.
The European Network of National Associations of Youth Workers will strive for better recognition, certification and validation of youth work as an occupation and profession, and will support the professional development of youth workers by developing systematic international cooperation and exchange opportunities. At the same time, the network will strive to grow into an equal partner with decision-making institutions at European level regarding youth work.