Blog Juha Kiviniemi 26.02.2018

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Digital youth work sessions: session 3

In episode 3 of Digital youth work sessions, we chat with Dick Smit, an experienced youth worker, trainer and a consultant from the Netherlands.

I had the fortune of meeting Dick in a conference in Vienna last year, and we had an inspiring discussion on the relationship between “traditional” youth work and modern digital developments, and how youth work goals should guide the development of digital youth work. From this starting point, we ventured in our session to a discussion that also included topics like outreach youth work, “analogue” youth work comparisons and resistance to new approaches. Listen in on the player below!

Dick Smit has been practising youth work in the Netherlands for more than twenty years. The last twelve years he is working as a consultant and trainer of youth work.  Dick works for Young Rotterdam, an organisation with different forms of youth work, in Rotterdam. On an international level he is active for the European organisation for professional open youth work Poywe and contributes to the e-magazine Logbook on European youth work.

Digital youth work sessions is a podcast hosted by Verke, the Finnish national Centre of Expertise on Digital youth work. Read more about Verke or contact us at


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Digital youth work sessions is a podcast, where we host 1-on-1 discussions on digital media and technology, and how they relate to youth work practice. The guests are digital youth work practitioners and many are experts in their respective field.

All published sessions and schedule here.

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