Is 2019 the year you’ll get to grips with Digital Youth Work?

Last year we talked about digital transformation and digital youth work quite a lot. Why? It’s well documented that organisations that don’t adopt digital practices and ways of working, will fall behind and that applies to youth work too.  In this two-part blog series, we’ll look at Digital Youth Work and digital transformation and highlight things you can do this year to help increase your and your organisation’s digital skills.

In case you still need some convincing when it comes to digital youth work, did you know that:

  • Three quarters of 12 – 15 year olds on social media (Ofcom 2017)?
  • Over a third of fifteen year olds spend more than 6 hours a day online(EPI 2017)?
  • Nearly one third of young people in the UK started using the internet when they were six years or younger (EPI 2017)?
  • Within two decades, 90% of jobs will require some digital proficiency (Industrial Strategy) and Nesta predict that the future workforce will need a range of digital skills especially in creativity?

It’s vital that youth work organisations keep up to date with digital trends, help young people navigate their online lives and harness the opportunities that being online offers. If we don’t, youth work faces a very real risk of becoming dated and irrelevant. But this doesn’t mean you need to be a digital expert! And although there are risks of being online, there are also tonnes of fantastic opportunities. 

Last year, we blogged about what digital youth work is, we held a Policy Seminar on Digital Youth Work & Cyber Resilience and launched, alongside European partners, the DigitalYouthWork.Eu website which is a good practice collection of digital youth work projects from across Europe. Our determination to keep promoting digital youth work hasn’t stopped and there’s plenty you can be doing in 2019!

So, what’s happening in 2019 that can help you get to grips with digital youth work?

Have a question about digital youth work? Get in touch with Liz Green or Claire Dunn.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, keep an eye out for the Digital Youth Work Award finalists which will be launched the week commencing 14th January.

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