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?

Voluntary participation; The perilous pathway for the youthworker and minister to navigate

A couple of questions to start off with: Why do young people attend youth provision? and What keeps them there? In all the afterschool, weekend or evening youth provision that occurs outside of the remit of the education or justice system, these are crucial critical questions to ask about young people and why they attend the youth group, the club, the football team, the music … Continue reading Voluntary participation; The perilous pathway for the youthworker and minister to navigate

Youthwork: the importance of developing young peoples narrative identities

Johanna Wyn and Rob White say something, i think, quite profound about the views of adolescent development; one that certainly youthworkers in faith based settings, and schools should reflect on, they propose that: a relational concept of youth offers an approach to understanding the social meaning of growing up that can take into account the diverse ways in which young people are constructed through social institutions, … Continue reading Youthwork: the importance of developing young peoples narrative identities

10 reasons why young people might prefer detached youthworkers

This evening I have been delivering detached youth work training to a group of volunteers in churches in Hartlepool. During the evening, one of the more common exercises i do, is to think about the positives and challenges of detached youth work from our perspective as prospective deliverers of it. The usual aspects emerge, challenges include the weather, unpredictability and lack of control, benefits, meeting … Continue reading 10 reasons why young people might prefer detached youthworkers