The DigiSMARTS project aims to support the EU Youth workforce so that they can design, develop, and implement digital activism projects for youth, thus enhancing youth work across Europe and beyond. Due to Covid-19, there is a need to boost digital activism as face-to-face events are harder to implement. DigiSMARTS addresses the priority of supporting youth workers in the broad European youth workforce through providing online open access, free, educational resources, taking them through the steps required to run a successful online activism project, working with youth in co-producing change in an area such as environmental concerns, employment and skills, crime levels or social inclusion/equality issues.


CARDET – Cyprus

CARDET is one of the leading research and development centers in the Mediterranean region with global expertise in project design and implementation, capacity building, and e-learning. Is independently affiliated with universities and institutions from around the world, such as the Yale University, the University of Nicosia and the International Council of Educational Media. CARDET has completed numerous projects relating to the development of capacity building and planning in education and VET, youth support, adult learning, literacies, digital tools, eLearning, educational technology, and social integration of marginalized groups.

Birmingham City University – United Kingdom
Birmingham City University - United Kingdom

BCU is a publicly funded higher education institution in Birmingham, UK, with around 24,000 students from 80 countries studying on full-time and part-time courses. In this capacity, it provides a wide range of taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, Masters and Doctoral level research and also delivers many Knowledge Transfer, Knowledge Exchange, Community Engagement and Professional Development initiatives. The University has particular strengths in interdisciplinary working and the practical application of knowledge, which underpins our deep commitment to professional relevance and employability. BCU has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a vibrant, professional and friendly environment. BCU is proud of its diverse students and staff, and their civic engagement and positive influence upon urban development, regeneration and community well-being. We welcome over 4,000 international students to BCU each year and invest in building connections internationally and in Europe, as a keen player in supporting global citizenship. Our research centres and knowledge exchange work is rightly focused upon contemporary and applied solutions-focused activity, working in close partnership with the not for profit sectors and with key societal stakeholders to change policy, practice and lives for the better. The BCU staff and student community and all our activities as a learning organisation, are defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other, with external stakeholders, partners, collaborators, beneficiaries and wider society. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates, with 92% of our graduates in employment or further study, six months after graduation. We are proud of the impact our students have in changing the lives of others once graduated and we also support lifelong learning with our continued professional development courses for professionals.

Western Balkans Institute – Serbia
Western Balkans Institute – Serbia

WEBIN is a regional Belgrade-based organization working in the Western Balkans region. It was founded in 2011 to foster a greater degree of cooperation among Western Balkans societies in relation to relevant sectoral policies, including education, employment, social inclusion and public health. WEBIN operates in a highly diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-national and multi-religious region of the Western Balkans and fosters strong partnership with all communities. WEBIN is considered a well-established organization in the region, especially among stakeholders, like the national and regional authorities, ministries, agencies and inter-governmental organizations (WB Fund and Regional Youth Cooperation Office). WEBIN closely collaborates with minority communities across the region, supporting their capacity building and empowerment through institutional cooperation and directly with beneficiaries.

Turun Ammattikorkeakoulou – Finland

Turku University of Applied Sciences is an inspiring community of 10,000 members – an innovative and multidisciplinary higher education institution, located in Southwest Finland but nowadays operating worldwide in various development activities. We offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in the faculties of Business, ICT and Life Sciences; Arts Academy; Technology, Environment and Business; Health and Well-being. Our graduates are practice-oriented professionals with top competencies. Studies at TUAS are working life oriented, combining theoretical studies with professional skills. TUAS is investing in pedagogical modernization. We develop and implement multi-field innovation pedagogy with focus on Research, Development and Innovation (RDI), flexible curricula, entrepreneurship and internationality. When students actively participate in applied RDI activities during their studies it increases their readiness to operate successfully in working life.

Polygonal – Italy

Polygonal is a youth community focused on digital education for social change. We are a dynamic group of educators, developers, designers, activists, and culture enthusiasts and we operate in the Cori area, just an hour south of Rome. Administrative transparency, civic activism, accessible education, digital tools are the keywords of our work. We deal with free digital training, such as coding for children, digital literacy for adults and seniors, and development of digital educational games. We provide free courses on fundraising, association management, digital skills, social media and marketing and much more on our online platform. Plus, we run the public library of our municipality where we manage the local youth information office to provide guidance and support to a transversal audience.

Necmettin Erbakan Üniversitesi – Turkey

The Research Centre for Family and Youth Affairs was founded in 2015 at Necmettin Erbakan University. The centre has carried out various field research, organised seminars and workshops on family and youth since its establishment and cooperated with other institutions and organisations in similar fields. In 2019, research and a panel on “Screen addiction”, digitalisation and digital culture were conducted with the Metropolitan Municipality. The results of the research will be published soon. Moreover, a book titled “Don’t Play with the Screen Play with the Friends” was published, which was a further outcome of the research; the editor of the book is Mehmet Birekul, the director of the centre. A further activity of the centre related to youth was a workshop in 2019, where workshop groups were formed on values, expectations, and self-criticism, thus giving them a voice about various issues affecting them. Outputs of the workshop was disseminated through various panels and seminars held locally. Along with The Europe-Turkey Islamic Culture Society, the centre held an event themed as “mosque pedagogy” and trained religious representatives on pedagogical perspectives to use when interacting with youth. The centre also has been training certified Family Counsellors over 20 periods. Two psychologists and an advisor work full-time for the centre offering the university students assessment and treatment for psychological difficulties they face. The centre also provides internship opportunities and employs students part-time. It regularly hosts various panels, seminars, and conferences on issues relating Family and Youth, and social matters. The Centre for Family and Youth Affairs aims to detect societal issues youth may face, developing sustainable projects to overcome these issues with a scientific rigour and an ethical consideration. For this purpose, the centre establishes and sustains projects and seminars together with international partner university and organisations.

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