Help keep CYC-Net open access for all ...

CYC-Net
CYC-Online Issue 11 DECEMBER 1999 / BACK
Listen to this

YOUTH WORKERS

How can you recognise a youth worker?

Mike Baizerman

I begin this personal view of youthwork with an equally personal view of a youthworker. This is my list of clues for finding actual or potential youthworkers.

Taken together, these are the clues I use to recognise a youthworker in a room of people who work with youth.

In a more formal way, the following constitute one way of understanding what it means to be a youthworker:

* * *

These two sets of notes introduce a personal vision of youthwork and the youthworker. Both can be grounded in a conception of youthwork as a form of education. Education: facilitating the process by which an individual penetrates his taken-for-granted reality and, by so doing, comes to understand how reality for him is constructed. Thus are extended the possibilities of finding moments of/for choice, and, in this, for extending and living his freedom.

Thus youthwork: creating the opportunities for a youth to choose more often about more things in his everyday life and in this way more thoroughly construct himself.

THE INTERNATIONAL CHILD AND YOUTH CARE NETWORK (CYC-Net)

Registered Public Benefit Organisation in the Republic of South Africa (PBO 930015296)
Incorporated as a Not-for-Profit Corporation in Canada: Corporation Number 1284643-8

P.O. Box 23199, Claremont 7735, Cape Town, South Africa
P.O. Box 21464, MacDonald Drive, St. John's, NL A1A 5G6, Canada


Writing for CYC-Online  /  Board of Governors  /  Constitution  /  Funding  /  Site content and usage  /  Privacy Policy  /  Advertising  /  Contact us


iOS App Android App