ABGESAGT! Youth Work – The lessons from the crisis

Vienna, Austria
28-30 September 2020  



Leider musste die Konferenz aufgrund zu geringer Anmeldungen abgesagt werden. 

Unfortunately the conference has been cancelled due to low registration numbers.  



Our motivation for organising this conference

The Corona pandemic is still full on course! While the number of new infections in Europe has dropped and many countries are reducing the restrictions, uncertainty is still the only constant. What we do know, is that the consequences of the crisis are far-reaching in all areas of life and are especially affecting children and young people. At this point, only a vaguely estimate is possible. Youth work has faced a gigantic challenge in the past months. On the one hand, because the restrictions came very quickly, the situation changed drastically, sometimes even within hours. On the other hand, because the traditional channels for youth work were simply unavailable. With a society in physical isolation, only the digital tools were available: from webinars to online leisure activities, youth work had to rely on the digital world for a continuation of its activities. The flexibility and resilience from everyone in the field have been put on a hard test. On some aspects, the youth work managed remarkably, while on others, there were unexpected limits!  

Many questions arise from this perspective: Which lessons have we learnt out of this challenge? How will youth work function after this crisis? Should we just try to go back to how it was before, or will we see a radical transformation of youth work in our communities and across Europe?


This Conference will bring together about 120 youth workers and experts on the field of youth work in Vienna and in Europe. Together we will exchange our experiences from different cities across Europe during this pandemic. The crisis is not over yet and we are all still evaluating how to move forward, therefore this is just the right moment to exchange our ideas, our best practices and to discuss how to create a sustainable and modern new path for the youth work in our communities and in Europe!

Scroll down for more information on this conference, or download our invitation here, including a draft programme.

A cooperation between IZ - Vielfalt, Dialog, Bildung and the wienXtra institut für freizeitpädagogik.

Our goals

This conference aims to:

  • Provide a platform to reflect and analyse the ways in which this crisis has affected the lives of children and young people, as well as our work.
  • Discuss the new challenges that the crisis has created and the way how we can best approach them.
  • Explore the new possibilities (methods, tools, etc.) that we have developed and/or improved.

  • Exchange best practices examples from methods and projects.
  • Contribute with your own experience to an improvement of youth work in Europe.

  • Provide a space for Networking.

Technical Details

Target Group:

for 120 participants from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries and recommended for Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth work educators, decision makers in the Youth Sector.

Accessibility info:
This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language:

IZ Vielfalt, Dialog, Bildung (National Agency) in cooperation with Wienxtra Institute for Leisure Time Pedagogy
Marco Frimberger
E-Mail: marco.frimberger@iz.or.at      Phone: +43/586 75 44- 38

Aldo Perez 
Email: aldo.perez@wienxtra.at      Phone: +43/1 4000 83417

Participation fee:
This project is financed by the participating NAs of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food:
The hosting National Agencies and SALTO Resource Centres of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food during the event.

Travel reimbursement:
Please contact your National Agency (NA) or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.



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