Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices focuses on positive methods for youth development that are rapidly supplanting the traditional deficit-oriented, problem-reduction approaches. Edited by eminent scholars Francisco A. Villarruel, Daniel F. Perkins, Lynne M. Borden, and Joanne G. Keith, this accessible volume provides practical tools and models for developing community-wide initiatives that strengthen protective factors, build competencies, and focus on thriving indicators. Examining the needs of multiple audiences, programs, and policies, each chapter contributes to an overall understanding of the "how" and "why" of community youth development. Designed for upper division undergraduate and graduate students in human development, family studies, and education, Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices is also an invaluable resource for researchers, practitioners, and policy advocates for youth and community development.
Chapter 18: The Essential Youth Worker: Supports and Opportunities for Professional Success
The Essential Youth Worker: Supports and Opportunities for Professional Success
Youth workers are essential players in community efforts to promote positive youth development. They work in a vast array of agencies, organizations, and community settings. They typically bring passion to their work as well as a deep commitment to help young people. They seldom come to the work with a predictable set of educational experiences, a shared philosophy and language, a common understanding of human development, or a shared sense of youth work history and purpose. Calls to build the field of youth development work [Page 374]acknowledge that the quality of programs and the outcomes for young people are directly related to the competence and ...