Youth engagement has gained momentum in many fields that work closely with young people, including youth programs and services, youth organizations, schools, 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 … Continue reading From tokenism to authentic youth engagement
A while ago, I was catching up with a good friend of mine, and during our 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 … Continue reading What gets measured, gets managed: Program evaluation for youth work
The field of youth work has lost much of its revolutionary potential as it has become diffused within the global capitalist framework. The article, Captured by Capital: Youth Work and the Loss of Revolutionary Potential, offers a critical analysis of the influence of global capitalism on the youth service sector. In a previous post, I discussed in … Continue reading What happened to radical youth work?
Youth engagement practices support young people's participation in shaping their communities and the decisions that affect their lives, as well as foster positive youth development. Meaningful youth engagement is an important factor in positive youth development that strengthen young people's civic commitment, extend their social capital, help them create meaningful relationships with adults, and foster … Continue reading Meaningful youth engagement: Multiple contexts, multiple realities, multiple approaches
On the surface, defining the term youth appears to be a very straight straightforward endeavor. A ‘youth' is a young person, right? A while back, I had the opportunity to attend a Critical Youth Work course, a professional development certificate offered to Ontario youth workers with the space to engage in critical dialogue and learn … Continue reading Defining ‘youth’
Historically, the primary focus of youth work has been on risk prevention and rehabilitation to keep young people off the streets, an approach known as a person-centered approach . The person-centered approach has led to service providers to regard young people as problems requiring a solution or intervention. More recently, however, youth programs and initiatives have … Continue reading Critical youth work