Innovative Youth work 2.0

Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices.


The project is part of the Eramus+ programme for the period of 1.8.2020 – 31.7.2023.

The goals for this project are to strengthen the employability and employment of young people who are at risk of exclusion by creating services and platforms that can benefit them.

Innovative Youth Work 2.0 project aims at learning from each other and creating a new model that brings together all the strengths of each participant. As the paths to employment become easier, entrepreneurship and orientation will be strengthened.

As a result of the project, a cooperation with actors and the network, practices and models for identifying and meeting the service needs of young people in the target group have been developed and adherence to youth services has been strengthened. Project staff and collaborative networks have developed policies that promote smoother employment paths for the young people.

What was done 

The project consisted of transnational meetings, job shadowing, online meetings, workshops and multiplier events. Transnational meetings, job shadowing and project closing multiplier events were held in each participating country.

Transnational meetings took place first. During the meetings participants learnt about each other’s methods of working, got to know their best practices and held workshops for developing the intellectual outputs.

Job shadowing events strengthened the understanding and made visible each participant’s daily work, best practices and also challenges with the target group.

Workshops were held both during the transnational meetings and online. Most of the planning and check ups were carried out as online meetings.

The project closure was implemented as multiplier events. Each participant organized two events to present the results and achievements of the project for stakeholders and other networks.

Project goals

1) Service platform

Integrated multi-functional service platform – a model combining the best project theme practices from each participant: coaching, peer support, mentoring and volunteering.​

During the project an additional theme was included in the service platform, as non formal education stood out as mutual and important theme for all the participants.

The model brings together each participant’s best practices and streamlines employment pathways for young people in target group. The best practices are introduced in the e-platform.

A map that highlights Vamos Finland, JOHUD Jordan and ARCI Italy. The map describes good practices of following themes: volunteering, mentoring, peer support, coaching and non formal education.

2) E-platform

Electronic multilingual learning environment, a co-development platform which serves for developing local pilots, sharing knowledge and building common understanding.​

E-platform gives an overview about the project. Each participant has their own site with the introduction about the participant, best practices, project themes and mobilities.

Innovative Youth Work 2.0 E-platform is open for everyone. Requests for joining the platform can be addressed to:

Vesa Sarmia,
Aino Bain,
Eeva Piha,


The project is being implemented by three partner organizations. The coordinator of the project is the Deaconess Foundation.


Vamos Deaconess Foundation

Vamos is Deaconess Foundation’s service for NEET youth (not in employment, education or training). Vamos decreases the exclusion of 16 to 29-year-olds and guides them to employment, education and other goals. Vamos services is based on intensive individual and group coaching and youth centered service integration.

The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development 

The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting rights-based, sustainable human development in Jordan. JOHUD provides sustainable support for those living in under-served, poor and remote communities.

Circolo Arci Babilonia

Circolo Arci Babilonia is a social promotion non-profit organisation whose members are mainly young people aged 20–35. The main activity of the organisation is the management of the youth and cultural centre Mistero Buffo. Mistero Buffo offers possibilites for cultural activities organized by volunteers.