‘In an ideal world you could just get funding for building relationships with young people’

How many times have you said that in the last 40 years? (As a youth/community worker) Not a relationship that had to make something else happen to justify the relationship, not a relationship where the young person ‘changed’, not a relationship in which entire decades of social harm, psychological damage caused by other relationship was solved in 4 months -type of relationship. Not a relationship … Continue reading ‘In an ideal world you could just get funding for building relationships with young people’

The Education system has depressed young people (and their learning)- why should they succeed to make it look good?

My school is run like a business, and it sucks So said the young person as they were talking to me a few weeks ago. So said the same young person who said that they told this to a teacher in the proceeding few weeks. This one sentence and phrase has brought to light a number of questions regarding the state of young people in … Continue reading The Education system has depressed young people (and their learning)- why should they succeed to make it look good?

Young people need autonomy and connectedness, can Christian youthwork provide it?

I Saw this on social media the other day: A great tension for young people is their desire to be a part of something bigger than themselves while making their own rules. Impossible. (Michael Wear) Think about it for a moment, then think about what being a young person was like for you in regard to these two things. At the point of wondering about … Continue reading Young people need autonomy and connectedness, can Christian youthwork provide it?