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Susan Matloff-Nieves, Tanya Wiggins, Jennifer Fuqua, Marisa Ragonese, Steve Pullano & Gregory Brender

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 40: Returning to Responsive Youth Work in New York City

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Returning to Responsive Youth Work in New York City
Returning to Responsive Youth Work in New York City
Susan Matloff-Nieves Tanya Wiggins Jennifer Fuqua Marisa Ragonese Steve Pullano Gregory Brender
Introduction

Youth work as a responsive practice, one that keeps participants at the center, has become tangled up in bureaucracy and top-down requirements. The imperative of centralized management to ensure standardization of measurable ‘quality’ conflicts with the essential premise that young people are at the center of the work as active agents, and that the best youth work responds to their aspirations, interests and issues and enables their voices to be heard through effective advocacy. We claim that ...

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