10.7 Raising awareness about youth work
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Web portal mlad.si is intended for all young people in the Republic of Slovenia and for youth workers. All the necessary information about youth can be found on the portal, including all the opportunities that are offered to young people outside the education process and the first work experience. The portal connects in substance the three main entry points and sections, meaningfully forming the life cycle of young people, their needs and the desire to actively spend their free time and meet the challenges of the age between 15 and 29.
Talentiran.si, web portal by the Nefiks Institute, the leading system of recording non-formal acquired knowledge in Slovenia, which allows young people to systematically collect all non- formal acquired and certified competences in one place. The portal offers relevant news and upcoming events, where young people and youth workers can participate.
Youth Information and Counselling Centre of Slovenia (Zavod MISSS, Mladinsko informativno svetovalno središče Slovenije) is non-governmental non-profit organization, working as national youth information and counselling service, thus collaborating with 16 regional and local youth information and counselling centres throughout the Slovenia. The local centres disseminate information in their local space and provide counselling in choosing the right information.
L’MIT (Ljubljanska mreža info točk) established in 1998 by the Office for Youth of the City of Ljubljana, unites non-profit organisations active in the field of youth information. It is an important mechanism for informing about youth work and opportunities for young people in Ljubljana.
Two objectives in the National Programme for Youth 2013‒2022 address informing on youth work:
- 6.2.1 objective: “Promoting the participation and representation of young women and men”
Priority subsection 5: “Strengthening information and counselling in the youth sector” includes the following indicators:
- the existence of regular involvement of schools with organisations in the youth sector to inform youth participation opportunities;
- number of organisations in the youth sector providing information and advice in the youth sector;
- the number of visits to the portal mlad.si;
Measure operator is the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth, participant is the youth sector, funding (expected until 2022) is/will be provided within the available budget of the Republic of Slovenia.
- 6.2.2 objective: “Promoting the establishment and development of organisations in the youth sector, developing key areas of the youth sector and ensuring the functioning of disorganized youth”
Priority subsection 8: “Creating capacities for quality youth work and establishing a national training and education system for youth workers and youth leaders”.
- The objective addresses the necessity to ensure the development of a communication strategy for the promotion of organisations in the field of youth work and their activities, and the reputation of youth work and youth activities, among both young people and the rest of the public, with an emphasis on employers.
The most resounding campaigns on the youth work of the last period were:
- “Grow together” (Rastimo skupaj) in 2020: the Youth Council of Slovenia as the main organizer on the initiative of the Office of for Youth implemented the project in cooperation with municipalities and youth organisations with the aim of developing youth local policies.
- Europe Goes Local project, which aims to develop and strengthen quality youth work at the local level, in particular through enhanced cooperation between various stakeholders that are active at the municipal level.
- European Solidarity Corps: Institute for the development of youth mobility (MOVIT) organized regional events where youth work was also indirectly promoted.
- Rules on the Implementation of the Act on the Public Interest in Youth Sector (Pravilnik oizvajanju Zakona o javnem interesu v mladinskem sektorju) provided national awards in the youth sector. National awards are given for the purpose of public recognition and appreciation for outstanding achievements in the youth sector. The awards are given for achievements in the youth sector and their contributions to the youth sector, in the case of good practices and the promotion or popularization of youth work at local, regional, national, European or international level. The criteria for granting national recognition for outstanding achievement are also: compliance with the principles and content of youth work; influencing public awareness of the importance of youth work; contribution to the development of youth work (sector).