Covid-19 has probably changed forever the way young people and youth workers come in contact and do online training activities. As 1 out of 4 young people in Europe are into cultural and creative projects, networking is a fundamental part of their creative process, work, experience making.
Pre-pandemic networking was normally provided by youth mobilities, fairs, events, exhibitions etc. but now as youth organisations we need new ways which go beyond physical access to spaces and make networking easier and more integrated to new competencies that youth workers have to acquire – online facilitation, digital collaboration, digital tools proficiency, capability of online selection of youth, with particular focus on disadvantaged ones etc. Furthermore, as depicted by the CULT Commission of the European Parliament (2021) in the report “Cultural and creative sectors in postcovid19 Europe”, the covid19 had the harshest consequences on young artists and young creatives, and young people which were involved in any creative/artistic activities, mainly due to LACK OF ALTERNATIVES.
In this context, the project ViRALS wants to work alongside the 2019-2027 EU youth policy cooperation strategy, focusing on ENGAGE – CONNECT – EMPOWER to:
- Enhance networking skills in preparation, implementation and follow-up of creative/artistic youth projects;
- Facilitate how to create, manage and disseminate cultural/creative youth projects and personal portfolios of young artists/creatives & youth workers through a app system that allows one to browse for projects or be found according to competencies.