Youth cafés: creating youth-friendly spaces

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Providing physical spaces where young people feel valued and empowered is essential to positive youth development.

Safe spaces for youth should be places where young people can come together to express themselves and engage in decision-making processes that impact their lives. Youth should have an active and on-going role in creating a youth-friendly space, including guidelines, safety protocols, atmospheres, activities, and so forth. Continue reading “Youth cafés: creating youth-friendly spaces”

From tokenism to authentic youth engagement

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Youth engagement model has been gaining momentum in various fields that work closely with young people, including schools, youth programs and services, youth organizations, and other institutions working to help young people thrive.

Youth-focused organizations thrive to implement youth engagement practices that capture the voice of young people they serve.

While it is important to recognize the importance of youth engagement, the issue of youth tokenism remains an important issue in the field of youth work. Continue reading “From tokenism to authentic youth engagement”

What gets measured, gets managed: Program evaluation for youth work

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A while ago, while catching up with a good friend of mine and, during a mutual vent-session over the frustration we feel about the youth sector, she mentioned something I found puzzling.

Some key youth organizations in the community were opposed to evaluation practices to assess their youth programs and services, even when the opportunities to do so were available. Not surprisingly, some of these programs were not doing so well, although they have been running for a decade or so. 

What gives? Continue reading “What gets measured, gets managed: Program evaluation for youth work”