Maria Schwille

A PLAN FOR INTERNATIONAL YOUTH WORK: New Project for Municipalities Has Started

The aim is to use youth service planning as a device to support municipalities in embedding international youth work and cross-border mobility within their structure. This is intended to integrate international youth work into the content-related and financial planning and decision-making that provides direction for local child and youth services.

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As part of the project, international youth work activities are to be made accessible especially to those young people that to date have not been able to benefit from them. The project thus takes up the goals of JiVE. Youth Work International - Experiencing Diversity. JiVE promotes equal opportunities and participation for all young people.

Who takes part in this project?

Municipalities were able to apply for participation in the project INTERNATIONALE JUGENDARBEIT IM PLAN (A PLAN FOR INTERNATIONAL YOUTH WORK) until the middle of November 2014, the prerequisite being that they should already have considerable international youth work experience. Selected for participation were cities and districts from all over Germany: Berlin-Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Bremen, Essen, Hamm, Oberspreewald-Lausitz District, Steinfurt District, Wiesbaden. The two-year project opens with a keynote conference on 27 and 28 January 2015 in Bonn. Central to INTERNATIONALE JUGENDARBEIT IM PLAN is a training and qualification process that the participating municipalities will undertake. They will be accompanied by experts from IN/S/O, the Institute for Social Planning and Organisation Development in Essen, in cooperation with IJAB - International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany. Throughout this process, the participating municipalities will acquire new knowledge on establishing a baseline and analysing requirements in youth service planning as well as their applicability in relation to international youth work. The training process takes place alongside the practical implementation of acquired knowledge and provides an opportunity for a mutual exchange of experiences.

Developing transferable models

The overriding aim of the project is the development of individual, municipality-based models for supporting international youth work by youth service planning. Experiences by the municipalities are to be evaluated during 2016, and transferable models are to be developed for establishing a baseline and analysing requirements for international youth work within the context of youth service planning. Experiences gained during INTERNATIONALE JUGENDARBEIT IM PLAN will then be published in 2016 and made available to other interested municipalities.

Project duration is from 1 November 2014 to 31 December 2016 and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as part of the Innovation Fund within the Child and Youth Plan of the Federation.

Contact: Anneke Schlummer, 0228/9506-105,
Maria Schwille, 0228/9506-126,

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