Youth cafés: creating youth-friendly spaces

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Photo by Farzad Mohsenvand on Unsplash

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”

On youth work and bullshit jobs

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Photo by Isaac Smith on Unsplash

Before I was fairly educated and passionate about social change, I was the almost-all-encompassing poster child for Canada’s oppressed and marginalized group: A young, poor immigrant black girl living in one of Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods.

Fast forward a few years and post-secondary education, I was elated to have stumbled into the field of youth work. It felt amazing to find a career in uplifting young people, like myself a few years prior, who would otherwise be left to struggle in the margins of society.

In the deepest part of my heart I believed that since youth work wasn’t the most lucrative field, people would get into it purely because of the passion they felt for the work itself. I was excited to be around passionate individuals putting all their efforts into revolutionary social change.

Boy, was I wrong. Continue reading “On youth work and bullshit jobs”