This accessible text explores a way of working - pioneered and developed over 22 years in a UK-wide initiative - to grow youth work by supporting individuals to train professionally, while working in community-based organizations... and, through this investment in people, to create a lasting impact within communities.
Grounded in workers' personal experiences, as well as in relevant theory, it will encourage anyone who is working - directly or in partnership - with young people to look at, and develop, their own ways of working in communities. The ten chapters:
Include personal stories and examples.
Explore the experiences of community-based organizations, volunteers, part-time and full-time workers.
Provide questions for both non-specialists and experts to consider.
Journeying Together is based on what has been learned from the 'Youth or Adult?' initiative, begun 22 years ago by The Rank Foundation with YMCA George Williams College. By supporting agencies and the professional development of workers (up to degree standard) and with additional funding streams that have grown organically around it, it has developed a network of projects that includes churches, youth cafés, creative arts projects, street work, volunteering initiatives, outdoor education, building projects and a farm... and a consistent relationship-based style of youth work that involves:
'journeying together' along a path of learning.
taking a step towards young people
engaging with them as valuable contributors to their communities
offering them an opportunity - and a challenge.
|Publisher:||Russell House Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
Table of Contents
Notes on contributors viii
Foreword Charlie Harris x
Introduction Charlie Harris Alan Rogers Mark K. Smith xii
Growing youth work in local communities
Chapter 1 Local youth work Jon Jolly 1
Chapter 2 The experience of growing work Sarah Lloyd-Jones 13
Chapter 3 Developing local groups and organisations Alistair Hunter 25
Growing youth workers in local communities
Chapter 4 Finding and recognising youth workers Judith Skinner 40
Chapter 5 Developing committed and informed workers Jeff Salter 52
Chapter 6 Strength through struggle Gemma McDonald 68
Chapter 7 Implications for, and impacts on, the organisation Kai Wooder 80
Chapter 8 Creating and sustaining a philosophy for development Simon Hill 92
Chapter 9 Growing a network Zareena Abidi-Sheldon 106
Chapter 10 Supporting and facilitating long-term change Chris Dunning 118
Conclusion Alan Rogers Mark K. Smith 134