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We’re about to start running a youth club for Year 6 to Year 9 students in Lerryn Memorial Hall. As a new venture we can start applying youth work principles immediately. These include the two I enjoy applying the most:
- Empowerment: It is the young people’s club and they will therefore manage all aspects of the club themselves. They key to empowerment though that is so often lost is to work in conjunction with the young people. i.e. They control the power but release part of that power to adult supervision for want of a better word!
- Informal Education: It is key that the young people learn new talents and discover that there is a lot they can do. A for instance but not isolated to this. The accounts for a youth club are usually managed and run by an adult committee member. At best young people might get involved in the tuck shop! We will from the start enable the young people to do the accounts for themselves. This won’t be an easy journey and mistakes and problems will occur. But that is part of the journey and it goes hand in hand with empowerment.
Youth work is a distinctly educational process that happens in a non-formal environment. It seeks to go beyond where young people start, to widen horizons, promote participation and invite social commitment, in particular by encouraging them to be critical and creative in their responses to their experience and the world around them. National Occupational Standards (NOS)
What is the purpose of youth work?
The key purpose of youth work is to:
“Enable young people to develop holistically, working with them to facilitate their personal, social and educational development, to enable them to develop their voice, influence and place in society and to reach their full potential” (NOS3)
What makes youth work distinct?
- It is based on the needs of young people
- Young people are central to the planning and delivery of youth work
- Young people choose to be involved (voluntary commitment)
- Youth workers value young people for who they are now
- It is founded on a relational and associational way of working with young people
- Youth Work recognises young people as a partner in the learning process
- Youth work complements formal education, promoting young people’s access to learning opportunities which enable them to fulfill their potential
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