Monday, December 5, 2016

THIS Is Youth Work

What even is Youth Development? What are you going to do with that degree?

Youth work is so much more than sitting around after school babysitting a bunch of kids until their parents or the bus picks them up. Youth work is so much more than simply "having fun" with kids as opposed to sitting at a desk all day. Youth work is so much more than keeping kids off the streets at night. Youth work is so much more than what it seems. Youth work can be in any setting, after school, church programs, extra curricular activities, community service, and neighborhood youth centers.

I am the person that youth can talk to when they feel alone. I am the person that will mentor youth in the right direction and lead them down good paths. I am the person that will teach youth right from wrong. I am the person that will teach youth how to have their voice heard. I am the person that will make a difference in their lives and they will ALWAYS know that I will be there. I am a Youth worker and I will be there for YOUR child if and when they need me. I will keep them safe and protected while they are in my care. I will do everything I can to make sure they leave me knowing that their voice and opinions are important to this world. 

I am the person that will bring children out of their shells. I will do my best to teach them things that they cannot learn in the classroom. I will teach them about themselves as youth and what they can expect in the future. I will show them how differences bring us all together, rather than tear us apart. I will help youth learn their interests and what makes them who they are. 

I am a Youth Worker. I will make a difference in children's lives. I will teach them BEYOND what the classroom can.

"Ashbury youth club was a big part of me whilst being aged 13-18. It kept me safe and ... from getting myself and my friends into trouble. But it wasn’t all about being kept off the streets. At the age that we didn’t care about anything and found it hard to communicate with parents and teachers. When it felt like the whole world shut you out there was always Jenny that you could just go to talk about anything in the world and she would be most understanding and give you the best advice any could give. A lot of people called her their second mum (she was to me)." Said by a young man as to why young people NEED youth clubs (pg. 32).


  1. I love how much you want to make a difference in children's lives. I feel like all youth workers need that drive and passion!!!

  2. Hi Rachel,
    This is a very nice thought out vlog love reading what you had to say about the youth work.