Empowerment and Participation in Youth Work

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Learning Matters, Sep 20, 2011 - Study Aids - 200 pages
In today's society, many young people feel marginalised and unable to find their own voice. It is vital therefore that youth workers are able to work with them to tackle this in a meaningful way. Drawing on the real experiences and difficulties faced by youth workers, this book will help those who want to work with young people in an empowering way. The concepts of empowerment and participation are explained, explored and critically analysed, along with the key notion of resilience. This is backed up by activities and case studies which help to bring together the theory and the practice.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 What is empowerment?
3
2 Empowerment inpractice case study of an agency
20
3 Youth participation and emancipation
41
4 Empowering others working in anorganisational context
67
5 Resilience
89
6 Reflective practice
113
7 Citizenship globalisation and emancipation
129
8 Making sense of youthwork
147
References
178
Index
190
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Annette is programme director for Youth and Community Work, in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Hull where she teaches undergraduates and postgraduates. Her research interests are in gender and equalities where she has published extensively/par1/Annette has extensive experience of working with community and voluntary sector organisations particularly those engaged in delivering support services to vulnerable young people. Her current research reflects this experience and focuses upon current issues in youth work, in particular, policies directed at social exclusion and notions of young people’s resilience

Max Hope is a Lecturer in Education and Social Inclusion at the University of Hull. She has extensive grassroots experience in the community and voluntary sector, including young people's projects, HIV organisations and women's centres. She has a keen interest in democracy and participation and in particular, about how the leadership and management of organisations can enhance these processes.

Keith Russell is the coordinator at The Warren, a voluntary youth project in Hull, UK.

Charlie Cooper is a professionally-qualified housing practitioner and youth worker. In the 1970s and 1980s he largely worked in the community and voluntary sector with Women's Aid and community-based housing associations. Since the 1990s he has worked in higher education, teaching and researching in the areas of housing, tenant participation, education, social policy, and community and youth work.

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