Youthwork in the here and now – Theatrical Youthwork

Ive got to admit that in that moment when youthworkers get together and discuss about how films have shaped their youthwork, ive struggled. Probably because until recently i havent engaged critically with film as part of my life, or even that much with young people. Yes ive watched films ( and recently found ‘Jimmys Hall’ & ‘Selma’ very provoking and powerful in regard to working … Continue reading Youthwork in the here and now – Theatrical Youthwork

Learning from History about Young People

“Young people are not openly rejecting either Christian institutions or organised youth work. They are simply not even accepting them as having any possible claim on them or anything to offer to them which they need. Experience suggests these are some of the prevalent causes of this attitude: a) such organisations do not offer any purpose beyond themselves that is anything to do with LIFE … Continue reading Learning from History about Young People

Being Ourselves – An encouragement to Street workers

Sometimes working on the streets gets us involved in seeing the shitty bits of life for young people doesnt it? You know, those moments where you see guys taking advantage of drunk girls, see 12 year olds vomitting from drunkenness, see young people insult and fight amongst each other, hear and feel their cries for attention, or their need to escape something worse.  Yet in … Continue reading Being Ourselves – An encouragement to Street workers

The Youthworker and the youthwork Holy Grail

But i still havent found what i am looking for (U2) This week i have been in the position of having to encourage one of my colleagues, who despite all best intentions was struggling with the prospect of evaluating a substantially funded youthwork programme that only 1-2 young people had turned up at. The target audience for the group was young girls who were at … Continue reading The Youthworker and the youthwork Holy Grail