“Do Not Digitalize Me” Training


The future of youth work is now! NFE activities are being filmed, live streams are being organized to reach more people, lectures posted online, e-learnings are replacing real meetings and online participation is replacing in-person participation, etc.

This is where the challenges start. Youth workers are going digital to ensure access to information, learning and decision making for young people hoping it will raise participation – if possible the meaningful one. But is it so in real life?

If you are youth worker who participated in the process of policy preparation we would like you to join us in the debate about the positive and negative impacts of growing use of digitalization in youth work by applying to a training “Do (Not) Digitalize Me”.

The training will be held in Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia, from 12th to 18th December, 2021.

Within this event we would especially like to talk with you about all the issues that have surfaced with this fast digitalisation of youth work:

  • Does increasing digital participation influence in-person participation of young people and what is the role of youth work in it?
  • Does an increase of digital participation result with real-life participation increasing and what is the role of youth work in it?

In order to increase the positive impact of digitalization and decrease negative ones we hope to come from this debate with policy recommendations that could become safeguards during the digitalization of youth work. It will also serve as a gathering point for young people working on the policy who will later become part of European awareness and advocacy coalition for responsible digitalisation.



You can apply for participation if:

  • You are a youth worker with experience in policy development
  • You live in one of Council of Europe member states
  • You are 18 to 30 years old
  • You are willing to actively participate in the entire duration of the Training
  • You are ready to strictly follow all COVID19 prevention measures prescribed by the organizers.

Organizers will cover all costs related to seminar materials, lecturers, trainers, accommodation and food. Participants are advised to use the most cost-efficient means of travel. Organisers will cover travel costs in accordance with CONNECT International’s decision on travel expenses reimbursement depending on country of origin.

Date details

Start date: 12.12.2021.
End date: 18.12.2021.
Deadline for applying: 25.11.2021

Organizator info


CONNECT International is a Brussels based international network of organizations formed with a mission to create innovative European projects ensuring mainstreaming of digital rights and digital agenda with young people and other active citizens. Within its innovative European projects and activities, CONNECT bring together individuals and organizations focused on 4 pillars of work with young people: Citizenship – working on strengthening of digital democracy, citizens participation, decision making, freedom of assembly; Rights – educating and fighting for the protection of human rights of internet users and equal application of HR charter in the digital world; Access – supporting free and open access to the internet, education resources, improving digital literacy, skills, bridging the digital divide, etc; Progress – introducing innovative practices and ICT development. Organizations gathered within CONNECT believes that partnerships and networks are an important driver of change and that young people are key to this. The network is run by a young but experienced team, and it gathers members working together in the above-mentioned fields. Based on their point of interest, all organizations are assigned and responsible for implementation of activities in their area of expertise. Even though this is the newly registered organization it has existed as an informal network for already several years with gathered experience and human resources.