What if our youth practices are the trigger for young peoples challenging behaviour?

When i was delivering detached youthwork a few years ago and develop thinking about young people and their alcohol misuse, i developed (though probably more likely lifted from other similar processes) a diagram which tried to explain it that looked a bit like this : (excuse the quality, its a photo from a power point screen, i didn’t have publisher to develop it originally) A … Continue reading What if our youth practices are the trigger for young peoples challenging behaviour?

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?

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