What is Youth Work? Why do we bother? Does it have any real ‘value’?
Youth Work is: “a planned programme of education designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young persons through their voluntary participation, and which complements their formal, academic, or vocational education and training; and is provided primarily by voluntary youth work organisations.”
So, Youth Work educates young people. It helps them make sense of the world they live in. It gives them the opportunity to explore and choose their own Values and begin to build their life.
Todays society is a difficult place to be young. There are many ‘confusing messages’ and there are still the ‘old chestnuts’ all people face as they grow up…
- Family life
- Choices/Lack of choices
Youth Workers help young people to find a way through to discover their feelings on issues and develop plans to move forward with their lives. To help them discover the potential that lies with them all. Currently unemployment among 16-25 year olds is at epidemic levels.
The value of Youth Work is often seen at the end of the process. Happy, Confident Kids that become Competent, productive adults…The cost of not having good youth provision is often seen at the end of a process too! – Is there a Value – Absolutely!!
North Down Community Network sees the value in all communities being serviced with quality youth provision, and will endeavour to ensure that each community, and each section of our communities have access to high quality youth provision.
A copy of NDCN’s comprehensive and robust Safeguarding Policy is available on request.