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๐Ÿš€ Youth work makes a difference! It's a fact. KEKS Conference 2023

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

KEKS annual conference 2023 took place on 31 May - 2 June in Gothenburg. Imagine yourself: three full days of workshops, study visits and seminars on youth work! We met new and old colleagues from all over Sweden and Europe, had long "Fika"-s of course (coffee break), mingled, and got new inspiring ideas and knowledge. ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ’ผ

KEKS had lots of interesting things to offer. There were two keynote speeches and lots of parallel seminars in English And Swedish, study visits and much more. In total, there were more than 600 participants!!! (imagine), both youth workers, managers and local politicians.

The conference offered excellent opportunities for mingling and making

new contacts for future cooperation. This extraordinary gathering brought together passionate individuals, organizations, and stakeholders who are committed to empowering young people and promoting positive change in their lives. Let's delve into the remarkable highlights and key insights from this inspiring conference. ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Empowering Youth Work: Building a Strong Foundation for the Future:

KEKS Conference 2023 focused on empowering youth work as a critical force in shaping the future of societies. Youth workers play a pivotal role in supporting, mentoring, and advocating for young people, enabling them to develop essential skills, engage with their communities, and become active participants in society. The conference provided a platform to discuss various approaches, best practices, and strategies for strengthening the impact of youth work. ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ผ

Keynote Presentations and Dynamic Panel Discussions:

Blerta Hoti, Deputy Mayor in Gothenburg, responsible for children and culture, welcomed participants to Gothenburg. Experts, seasoned practitioners, and inspiring youth advocates delivered thought-provoking keynote presentations, shedding light on the evolving landscape of youth work. Attendees gained insights into the challenges faced by young people today in Sweden and around Europe, explored effective strategies for engagement and empowerment, and discovered ways to foster inclusive and supportive environments. Engaging panel discussions further enriched the dialogue, bringing together diverse perspectives and experiences. ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒŸ

Sharing Best Practices and Collaborative Learning:

KEKS Conference 2023 served as a hub for sharing best practices and fostering collaborative learning among youth workers. Participants had the opportunity to showcase successful initiatives, innovative programs, and impactful projects that have transformed the lives of young people. The conference facilitated peer-to-peer exchange, allowing youth workers to learn from one another, gain new perspectives, and build networks of support and collaboration. ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ“š In this context, INEDNET had a chance to deliver a session about "Youth Work in Eastern Europe on the example of Armenia and Georgia". This was an eye-opening session for many of municipal youth workers in Sweden, who witnessed the opposite reality of other countries and had a chance to ask questions. ๐Ÿ“š

Celebrating Youth Workers' Impact:

KEKS Conference 2023 also celebrated the exceptional contributions and achievements of youth workers. Some fun ceremonies were held to honor youth workers' dedication, creativity, and effectiveness in their youth work endeavors. These moments of networking, fun and celebration served as inspiration and encouragement for youth workers to continue their vital work in empowering and supporting young people. ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‘

KEKS Conference 2023 was an extraordinary gathering that celebrated the profound impact of youth work and highlighted the crucial role of youth workers in shaping the future. Through engaging discussions, sharing of best practices, and collaborative learning, participants left the conference with renewed inspiration, practical tools, and a strengthened commitment to empowering young people. This conference served as a catalyst for fostering collaboration, innovation, and excellence in youth work, ultimately creating a positive and transformative impact on the lives of young individuals around the Europe. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’ซ

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