The HEBE Project began in 2014. Since then work has been carried out on the following objectives:

  • Defining and identifying the places, times and processes involved in the empowerment of young people.
  • Identifying factors that foster and hinder youth empowerment through the analysis of youth worker discourse and practices.

The first years of the research focused on the former objective, mainly on young people’s narratives and experiences. Now, the research is more focused on the latter objective by taking into account the views and analytical capacity of youth workers.

Some of the current questions we wish to address are: How can youth empowerment be promoted in different socio-educational spaces? What elements do youth workers believe foster youth empowerment? What difficulties and limitations do youth workers detect in the support they provide for youth empowerment processes? Are the educational processes promoted by public administrations and policies effective in empowering young people?