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What do you think is the purpose of youth work?

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What do you think is the purpose of youth work? The term youth work is not a straight forward term to describe, as the term youth work can cover a vast variety of activities with many different experiences and outcomes. These organisations and agencies which are considered to be part of the youth service are constantly changing which also adds to the difficulty of defining a single purpose of youth work. This essay shall explore the term "Youth Work" and attempt to define a specific purpose for its application. Throughout a child's life, contact with a number of agencies and organisations is inevitable and with each these different agencies comes a different experience some of which will be positive and others negative. Nevertheless the young person is learning from there own experiences within society. The youth services difference from other organisations is that it provides a service which is specifically focused on the youth themselves. Young states; "if it is called a youth service it should service youth" (1990,P119). When a young person attends a club or group voluntarily they build relationships with other young people and the youth workers, it is through these relationships that personal and social development can take place in a relaxed environment. This relaxed environment is where a young person's views may be shared with the people around them openly and freely. ...read more.


The first of these methods is to provide young people with positive role models, the second method is participation. Rosseter believes young people should be encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible as they all have a different experience for the young person, this provides a whole new learning experience. The third method is consciousness raising, this involves raising the awareness of the young to there fundamental rights as a human and their rights within society enabling the young person to be conscious of there position within society. The fourth method rosseter believes is problem solving, this is the providing of support to young people in times of crisis or to solve problems. An example of this would be if a young person is accompanied through a problem but left to deal with the matter themselves, with the youth worker present the young person will be more relaxed this would then produces confidence within the young person to face the matter again in the future. The final method is critical involvement which occurs when young people are aware of their position within society and can involve themselves to a variety of services such as local council youth associations and youth parliament. Through informal education the young people gain personal and social development which empowers the youth to become responsible members of society in which they feel equal. ...read more.


With the new changes they will not be able to access the services as the same community services will have to be aimed towards the middle class youth in order to keep running, this is due to financial insecurity. Then New Labour will be facing another unemployment crisis in years to come with increased state dependency. The youth of today need the youth service so as not to become the next lost generation. through studying different perspectives on youth work it has brought about an understanding that there are other theories with regard to youth work, the problem being that this essay is too short to include all of the other benefits of youth work so this essay is mainly concerned with the educational benefits the young people can gain from the youth service. In conclusion the youth service is an ever changing service that provides informal education for the youth. Through this informal education the youth workers aim is to empower the youth with knowledge of self, surroundings, society and others which enables them to be a part of society rather than an outcast of society. HMSO (1960) The Youth Service in England and Wales (The Albermarle Report). London, HMSO. Rosseter, B. (1987) 'Youth workers as educators' injeffs, T. and Smith, M. (eds) Youth Work. London, Macmillan. Smith,M.K (2001) 'young people, informal education and association', the informal education home page, www.infed.org/youthwork/ypandassoc.htm. Young, K.(1999) the art of youth work. UK, Cromwell press. Antony Helm 770906AHel01 10/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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