The year’s last volunteer conference „Youth – the future of volunteering?“ Tallinn 13.-14.12.2011


One of the last major evens of European Year of Volunteering 2011 in Estonia, the conferece „Youth – the future of volunteering“ took place in Tallinn and brought together young people and older across Estonia and addressed youth involvement in volunteer work as it’s main topic.

Among the presenters at the conference were the director of Volunteer Work Development Centre Tuulike Mänd, Tallinn University professor Anu Toots and the coordinator of the  European culture capital’s volunteers Piret Ehavald. Program ended on 14.12.2011 with a thank you event were the best volunteers (Jaanus Odras, Diana Hamdamova, Valeri Lulla) of the project were recognized and also the best projects of “Young Volunteer Action Week" (Tallinn Children`s  Home, Tõnismäe Secondary School of Science, Kiviõli Russian Secondary School and Kärdla  OpenYouth Centre). The event was opened by regional minister Siim Kiisler.

The main purpose of the 3-part conference series was to do the main work in the development of a youth outreach strategy. As pre-work youth conference „Volunteer work – to whom and why?“ and an expert seminar-conference „Volunteer work through the perspective of an expert“ have been held, the results of which formed the basis of creating the first working version of the strategy with four main directions of activity – state, local governmental institutions, NGO and school. The participants of the last conference analysed the working version and came up with concrete activities to add there. The second version of youth outreach strategy will be published on the website The strategy will be published and its implementation will involve governmental and educational institutions and others.

The conference took place within the framework of the project „Volunteer for tomorrow“ organised by Sillamäe Society for Child Welfare, Tallinn Sport and Youth Department, Vaivara Commune Administration and NGO Peace Child Estonia. Project was funded by European Commission and supported by Tallink Hotels.