The restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic clearly show how quickly social crisis situations are followed by individual crises. Disorientation, loss of confidence, fear of the future and self-doubt harm social cohesion. Socio-economic and democratic exclusion go hand in hand. This makes it particularly difficult for young people with fewer opportunities to find their way and to counter fake news, populism and radicalisation tendencies.

This is where Access comes in. In Berlin, Vienna and Valencia, project tandems are set up – with youth work practitioners on the one hand and experts on inclusion, sustainability and digitalisation on the other hand. On the example of three target groups among disadvantaged young people, they investigate how effective intervention models for them must look like, develop and test offers for learning and participation and define what is needed to be done by research and politics. This shall bring forward a range of improvements in youth work at the individual, institutional and system levels.

Following the concept of social space orientation, the youth work offers have to be embedded in the neighbourhood and pick up the young people in the environment they are familiar with. The intervention models also show that youth work is not only the task of youth welfare services, but of all stakeholder groups in the district.