What does a Youth worker do?

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Very much enjoyed the Guardian article addressing the question of what a youth worker does:
“Ultimately, all youth work has one key aim – to help young people’s emotional and social development in an informal setting but through educational processes. By developing supportive relationships with young people, and opening their eyes to new experiences, youth workers foster increased confidence, ambition and empathy. This prepares them to make a positive contribution to society in adult life. Youth workers tackle a whole spectrum of issues, from behavioural difficulties to teenage pregnancy.
There are essential attributes that all youth workers need – energy, patience and creativity are paramount. And now more than ever, a positive approach to collaboration with other organisations is key. This is especially true in the public sector, where resources are limited and services are being outsourced”

The whole article is here

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