Union for Youth Work, North Macedonia

is a national network of organizations – providers of youth work services in Macedonia. At the moment, the union consists of 15 member organizations with extensive experience in youth work, youth research, youth policy, youth participation etc. from throughout the country. The Union for Youth Work is active in the field of recognition, affirmation and quality improvement of youth work and its providers, systematization of youth work and support to youth workers in the country through creating a platform for network, cooperation and increasing public recognition about the value of youth work. Organization’s aim is to ensure a recognized youth work nationally and a solidified youth support system. The mission of UYW is to achieve to recognized and standardized youth work, supported youth workers and raised public awareness about the importance of youth work. Its vision is support the recognition of youth work and to build a system for supporting young people and youth workers, its monitoring, assessment, advancement and continuous development in order to ensure quality, efficient and effective support of the young person.

Tallinn University, Estonia

is the largest university of humanities in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and the third biggest public university on Estonia, with more than 7500 students, and over 800 employees, including nearly 400 researchers and lectures.

The five interdisciplinary fields are educational innovation, digital and media culture, cultural competencies, healthy and sustainable lifestyle and society and open governance. School of Educational Sciences is a unit at Tallinn University, which is responsible for coordinating the teaching, research and development activities in education. Under the direction of lifelong learning and non-formal education there are study programmes of youth work at professional higher education studies study level, and youth work management on master’s studies study level. School of Educational Sciences of Tallinn University.

People and Work Unit, Wales

is a voluntary sector organisation that works to address inequalities linked to poverty, ethnicity and/or disability across the life course through: * commissioned research and evaluation for the public and voluntary sectors; * training and capacity building; and * action research projects. There are currently four (paid) members of the research team and three (paid) members of the action research team. As a small, but very effective team, we regularly work with a range of Associates, like Professor Howard Williamson, and partner organisations, to complement and extend the skills, experience and capacity we offer.

Beyond 96 Youth Club, Ireland

Beyond 96 is a voluntary youth group, established in 1996 to provide leadership opportunities for young people at local National and Cross Boarder level. The uniqueness of this group is that is was set up by young people for young people who wanted to play a more active role in their local communities. Since then Beyond 96 has grown to provide European mobility opportunities for young people through the Erasmus programme. While EVS is our main activity, supporting the civic participation of young people is one of our core values. We believe that young people have the potential to bring about social change on issues affecting their lives. Beyond 96 was established by a group of young people with fewer opportunities in 1996. Since then we have trained more than 70 young people to become actively involved in their communities as leaders. A number of these young people have went on to University to become professional youth & community workers, inspired by our shared vision to create a better world. Our mission is to support civic participation of young people in their own communities. We have 20 years experience working with young leaders at local, National, Cross border and international level. These young people come from some of the most marginalized areas in Ireland.

Associated partners

Faculty of Philisophy Skopje

The Faculty of Philosophy has its roots in 1920, when it was established as the first and the only higher education and scientific institution in Macedonia. In 1946, the Faculty of Philosophy was established as the first unit of the first University in Macedonia – The Saints Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Currently, the Faculty of Philosophy offers 13 undergraduate and 18 graduate study programs and it is one of the largest faculties of the University. It has 11 institutes and successfully cooperates with about 40 universities from other countries.

One of the institutes that functions as part of the Faculty of Philosophy is the Institute for Social Work and Social Policy “Mother Theresa”, which is the only higher education institution in Macedonia that prepares social workers. The education of social workers is aimed at discovering the social needs and policies in the country, creating social equality, establishing and upkeeping social protection and security for the citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia. Social workers are education for providing services to all citizens and especialy to marginalized groups, and to individuals under social risk as a result of their social and economic status, ethnicity, sex etc. The Institute for Social Work and Social Policy is the higher education institution in North Macedonia that works in the closest area to youth work.

The University of South Wales

The University of South Wales is a public university in Wales, with campuses in Cardiff, Newport, Pontypridd and Dubai. It was formed on 11 April 2013 from the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. The university is the second largest university in Wales in terms of its student numbers, and offers around 200 courses. The university has four main faculties across its campuses in South Wales.

The University of South Wales Youth & Community work courses sit within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Youth work team at USW deliver a number of professionally (JNC) recognized courses. The BA Youth & Community Work professional qualification at City Campus has become a highly reputable and well-established course, recognised throughout Wales, the UK and Europe.

Maynooth University

Maynooth University (National University of Ireland Maynooth – NUIM) is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland and traces its origins to 1795. It has c. 13,000 students, approximately 20% of them postgraduate. Its three faculties are: Arts, Philosophy and Celtic Studies; Science and Engineering; Social Sciences.

Maynooth University is recognised as one of the leading new universities in the world, ranked #50 in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Top 100 under 50’ list. This success follows on from MU’s extremely strong performances in other recent THE rankings, including being recognised as one of the top 200 universities for international connections and outlook.

The Department of Applied Social Studies (DAPPSS) in the Faculty of Social Sciences is the longest established provider of professional programmes in youth work and community development in Ireland (since 1981) as well as the largest. It also offers programmes of teaching and research in social policy and social work. Its staff are highly active in the fields of social justice, equality and human rights, both as scholars and in terms of civic engagement. Its youth work programmes operate at Bachelors and Masters levels; both full-time and part-time in-service. It also has an active programme of research degrees at Masters and Doctoral/PhD level. In addi-tion to teaching, DAPPSS has an extensive programme of youth work research and publication at national and international levels, led by its Centre for Youth Research and Development [CYRD].