Tools to Explore


Tools-to-Explore sessions are an opportunity for participants to go deeper into understanding and developing tools/approaches around a particular theme or sub-theme. Unlike a normal Tools Workshop session, Tools-to-Explore is a pathway composed by multiple sessions and addressed to the same group of participants, sized between 12 and 20. The participants sign-up to attend 3 x 1.5 hours consecutive sessions with the same facilitator:

  • Wednesday 6th November from 15.00 to 16.30
  • Wednesday 6th November from 17.00 to 18.30
  • Thursday 7th November from 10.00 to 11.30

The facilitator will prepare a programme of activities which builds up overall 3 sessions. One important aspect of Tools-to-Explore is that transferability of the tool/approach needs to be very clearly addressed and participants should be engaged in creating something applicable for their reality, as part of the whole process of 3 sessions. 

In Tool Fair XIV, we will propose a range of 5 Tools-to-Explore groups to join. Participants will have the possibility to choose their favourite one among the available proposals, directly from the agenda of the event in this website, one time that the online booking system will be opened.


Tool-to-Explore 1

Exploring maker activities with micro:bit

Did you ever want to take apart technology as a kid to see how it works? Better yet, are you keen to repurpose old technology and make it do your bidding? What does this have to do with youth work? Join us in exploring the possibilities of combining old technology with the new, all in the context of youth work and nonformal learning. No previous experience or expertise required!


Juha Kiviniemi is a digital youth work expert from Verke, the national centre for expertise on Digital youth work in Finland. Juha has been in the forefront of developing the Maker competencies of the youth workers in Finland for the last two years and was the editor of “Maker activities in youth work” published by Verke in early 2019. Juha is a youth worker by trade with 15 years of experience and several international trainings / projects behind him.

Olli Kaukiainen is youth worker at Rovaniemi City Youth Department. Olli´s area of responsibility is digital gaming house “Montendo”, which was established at 2015. Activities at gaming house are related to gaming and technology widely, for example LAN-parties, esports, different kind of game groups and many other happenings which are connected to gaming or gaming culture. Olli has seven years of experience at field of youth work.


Tool-to-Explore 2

Participatory Action Research (PAR): Bridging Practice and Research

Youth work is increasingly required to base its activities, funding requests and advocacy on evidence. There is merit for the practitioners acting as researchers, as they are the integral part of youth work. The best way to learn is to do, and the best way to do is to learn. In PAR the learning and the doing inform each other. Those affected by the issue are involved in both asking and answering questions. The proposed activity, will introduce the participants with the main idea and approach of PAR, as well as giving them the basic skills on designing and implementing PAR.


Derya Göçer is an assistant professor in Middle East Technical University teaching research design and methods to interdisciplinary graduate programs. She is also engaged in her own participant action research in the realm of education in Turkey. She studies the youth in social movements in the Middle East. She is one of the trainers of the Civil Society Academy Project, which is a special long term training course designed and implemented for the representatives of different active civil society organizations in Turkey. She gives the module on Practitioner Research, PAR and basic Research Methods for workers of CSOs, including youth organizations.

Özgehan Şenyuva is an academic and youth researcher. He worked for more than two decades as a youth worker/trainer and comes from learning mobility field. He is a steering group member of European Platform on Learning Mobility and member of the Pool of European Youth Researchers of the European Commission and the Council of Europe. He has published numerous research and opinion articles, book chapters and a book on youth work and learning mobility. Most recently he contributed to the two Youth Knowledge books; Thinking seriously about youth work and how to prepare people to do it and Learning mobility, social inclusion and non-formal education. He is a member of the RAY Research Network and the steering group of the Evidence Based Approach in Erasmus + Warsaw Research Seminar series.


Tool-to-Explore 3

Plug and Play – The Future of Learning 

The tool “Cities of Learning” is an international initiative and online platform, which provides online solution for youth work organizations to present diverse learning opportunities in a youthful way. For young people, it opens up opportunities to build flexible learning pathways and provides practical tools to recognize learning happening in a particular city or region. Participants will explore how the future of learning might look like and key skills for lead learners. They will be able to create their own playlists and find out how they can launch “Cities of Learning” initiative in their city/region.


Laimonas Ragauskas lives in Vilnius and is a freelance trainer in the area of non-formal learning and training for various youth work organisations as well as European institutions for the last 16 years. Since 2013 Laimonas is involved in the design of recognition systems based on open digital badges as well as number of massive open online courses in the field of youth work and policy. At the moment Laimonas is involved in several European innovation initiatives aiming to promote connected learning and recognition.


Tool-to-Explore 4

SPAM- How to assess youth work processes

Self and Peer Assessment Model (SPAM) has been developed by youth workers and for youth workers in Finland. SPAM is method which helps youth workers to develop the quality of youth work and also gives tool to open up content and essence of youth work. By doing peer auditions youth workers have possibility to learn from each other, share good practices and build common understanding of youth work. Basic idea of the model is to examine youth work with help of assessment criteria, which are custom-made for different procedures and methods used in youth work.  


Merja Hovi (Meiju) has been working in youth work field almost 30 years. Most of the time she has worked in Helsinki City as youth leader, manager of youth center, project coordinator, area manager or planning officer. One of her professional passions is to develop the quality of youth. She also finds it crucial to seek better ways to describe the essence, aims and desirable outcomes of the important work we do in youth work field.

Mervi Ahola has been been working in the field of youth work for 21 years. In her career has worked in the different fields of youth work, but most of the time she has worked in Vaasa city youth services administration. For the past 7 years, she has been more connected to quality work, as a trainer, but also involved in developing peer and self-assessment criteria for YIC in Finland. 



Tool-to-Explore 5

YOCOMO: Working with the ETS Competence Model for Youth Workers

The long-term vision of the European Training Strategy (ETS) is to support quality of youth work. Its Competence Model for Youth Workers to Work Internationally and YOCOMO, the long-term pilot training project based on it, represent not only a tool, but also an approach to youth work. They are not a mere “(know) how to” type of tool that one can just read and apply, but they focus on understanding the complexity and using tools, approaches that can help navigate it. It’s about further exploring and experimenting with the Competence Model, through self-reflective practice and its core elements, attitudes and behaviours.


Salvi Greco, working in the youth-work/training field since many years is currently involved in the pilot training project YOCOMO, being in the team of trainers of “Yocomo1 – pilot training course based on the ETS CM for youth-workers to work internationally” and in “Yocomo2: the trigger for attitudes and behaviors”. In an ambivalent relationship with “tools”.