Youth work contributes to young peoples’ learning and development. The key purpose of youth work is to enable young people to develop holistically, working with them to facilitate their personal, social and educational development, to enable them to develop their voice, influence and place in society and to reach their full potential.
Youth groups, youth workers, leaders and volunteers apply this by:
Where does youth work take place?
Effective youth work takes place in a wide range of settings: youth clubs, uniformed and voluntary youth organisations, youth counselling units, outreach and detached projects, youth cafes, youth arts groups, youth action and participation groups, drug and alcohol projects and other health education groups.
What are the values and principles of youth work?
Young people choose to participate
The young person chooses to be involved, not least because they want to relax, meet friends and have fun.
Youth work must build from where young people are
Youth work operates on young people’s own personal and recreational territory – within both their geographic and interest communities.
Youth work recognises the young person and the youth worker as partners in a learning process
The young person is recognised as an active partner who can, and should, have opportunities and resources to shape their lives.
We have several locations across London where we engage with local disadvantaged children and young people practicing “the key purpose of youth work”