Mikrokraadi programm "International Youth Policy and Youth Work Management"
This micro-credential programme will develop knowledge of fundamentals of youth work and youth policy, ensuring the skills to manage, organize, and investigate the youth field; provide an overview of different networks in the youth field in Estonia, Europe, etc., and form an understanding of the role of networks and networking at different levels of youth work including limitations; to obtain an overview of basic areas of multicultural youth work to provide students with basic knowledge and skills needed for the youth work in a multicultural environment.
To whom? Youth workers, trainers, youth leaders, youth policy makers, youth field managers, youth researchers, youth service providers and anyone with an interest in youth work and youth policy.
Programme description The micro-credential programme consists of three subjects.
- Intercultural Dialogue and Youth Work in a Multicultural Environment
- Theory and Practice of Comparative Youth Policies
- Practice in Youth Work
Contact learning sessions are held via Zoom video conference. The schedule will be announced in December 2022.
Learning outcomes The student:
- knows the fundamentals of youth work and youth policy and is aware of its diversity based on the example of different countries;
- knows public management and social network theories in the context of the youth field and understands the essence and importance of networking in organising youth work at different levels;
- has obtained the knowledge and skills needed for youth work in a multicultural environment.
Tanja Dibou is an associate professor of youth work management at the Institute of Educational Sciences of Tallinn University. She is the head of the curriculum of applied youth education at Tallinn University. She has a long experience in the field of youth work. Tanja has a Doctor's degree in political science and politics. Her PhD research is about youth policy in Estonia in the context of multilevel governance, where joined up working across different sectors and governmental levels remains challenging. Tanja has been working for a long time as a youth work practitioner in various environments and positions. She started her youth worker career in the youth information centre, after that she worked as a youth project manager of international youth exchanges and trainer of youth and youth workers, then continued as a youth career consultant. Tanja continues to develop youth work at the local level, being an active member of the Association of Estonian youth workers since 2017 and also at the international level as a UNICEF consultant of development youth work curricula in Azerbaijan for the period 2018–2019.
Ilona-Evelyn Rannala is an associate professor of youth work management at the Institute of Educational Sciences of Tallinn University. She has previously worked for a long time in the Sports and Youth Board of the Tallinn City Government, where she was responsible for the management, development, quality and international cooperation of youth work. Ilona-Evelyn Rannala's PhD research is focused on the work with risk-behaving youth. She also actively participates in discussion groups about the general state and development of youth work in Estonia and policy discussions. Ilona is the Chairman of the Association of Estonian youth workers.
Lasse Siurala (Dr, Adjunct Professor) has a long background in managing youth services on local and international levels, he is an experienced youth researcher and an expert in youth policies. He has been the Director of Youth Services in the City of Helsinki (with 400 youth workers and 60 youth centres) and the Director of Youth and Sports at the Council of Europe (with 47 member states in Europe). He has been an Associate Professor at Aalto University, Helsinki (today an Adjunct Professor) and also the Howland Endowed Chair at the University of Minnesota (Extension Center for Youth Development). Currently, he works as a part-time lecturer of youth work at Tallinn University and as a Special Advisor to the Humak University of Applied Sciences (youth worker education in Finland).
Siurala also works as an expert on international projects like ”InterCity Youth”, a European Network of Local Government Youth Work and “Projets innovants en faveur de la jeunesse”, Investment foundation of the Ministry of Finance, France, 2015–2020. Siurala has written articles and publications on youth participation, youth work, youth policy and evaluation. He has audited youth services in the Netherlands (2012) and the cities of Kotka (2019) and Ylöjärvi (2016). Recently he has developed a quality assessment tool for local Family Centres of the Social Services commissioned by the National Health and Welfare Centre (THL) and an evaluation instrument for youth work based on narrative inquiry commissioned by the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.
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