Name of organisation/institution:
Offene Jugendarbeit Lauterach/Open Youth Work Lauterach

Type of structure:
Youth centre/club

Vorarlberg, Austria

Short description:
Our institution is offering mobile youth work to reach also youngsters outside the youth club by using streetwork approaches. One main element is to organise possibilities to encounter between cultures to promote mutual acceptance and to reduce prejudices. We are doing mobile youth work the whole year but it is mainly operated in summer. Mostly in April we start with a small event called Spring Opening on a central square of the village to show the youngsters that we are more often on the move in the public space from that event on.

Target group:

Young people who do not consider themselves as children anymore or are no longer   perceived as children and at the same can`t be considered as adults because of their social situation.
Interested grown-ups.

Age of participants:
1 – 99 years old

Methods used:
Mobile youth work approach to reach youngsters in the public space and to inform them about leisure time activities and the low threshold service we are offering. Next to that we provide fresh fruits in  ice-cream cones to awake the awareness for healthy food and living.

Practical arrangements used:
Deck chairs and tables for a chill out area, tent, small bar, fresh fruits, information folders and posters

When the temperature is getting warmer in spring-time the youngsters use places in the public spaces. Sometimes groups of youngsters are getting into conflicts with grown-ups because of different utilization of the public space. We are offering mobile youth work to support youngsters and to lobby for them in society.

Issues address:
Tackle conflicts in public space
Lobbying for youngsters


  • Support youngsters in their right to stay in the public space
  • Lobbying for youngsters
  • Tackle conflicts in public space between youngsters and generation conflicts

Impacts on youngsters:
Youngsters are informed about the offer of the open youth work
Youngsters know where they find help
Youngsters get visible in the public space in a positive way

Impacts on the organization:
Organisation gets visible in public space
Possibility of conversation with interested grown-ups about youth work

Web link with the activity:

Contact information:
Offene Jugendarbeit Lauterach
Hofsteigstraße 2a
6923 Lauterach
Tel. +43(0)6649642341