Youth Work Blog Posts Of The Week – Mar 31

Youth work blog

We recently started this new series - youth work blog posts of the week. This is a collection of blog posts and articles from other sites that relate to youth work in some way. So check them out and let us know what you think: 1. Terry Linhart: The battle over college education - Terry explores the issues surrounding the coming problems with college tuition and what this … [Read more...]

Youth Work In Schools In The UK – Guest Post (part 3)

Today is the third and final part of Mince's guest post about youth work in schools in the UK. Check out the first post here and the second post here. Youth Work in Schools in The UK - Part 3 Now that you’ve been warned of the most common pitfalls, here are some top tips for doing youth work in schools: DON’T DO IT. (haha just kidding, but really, um… yeh) Find out as … [Read more...]

Restoration And Forgiveness – Youth Work Session Plan Idea

Restoration And Forgiveness Youth Work Session Plan Idea

In the past, we've provided youth work session plan ideas to help young people understand their anger and manage their aggression. One idea was to use the vicious circle as a method for exploring the cycle that anger can lead to. Unforgiveness and vengeance, which can accompany anger, are two other choices that can be cyclical. They can eat away at someone and cause a chain … [Read more...]

The Performing Stage of Group Development

Performing stage of group development

We're currently doing a five-week series on the stages of group development as outlined by Tuckman and Jensen (1977). We've discovered what happens when groups form, the tumultuous times that can happen when groups storm and how they balance out and norm. Today we're going to explore the Performing Stage of group development. According to Barnes (2002:43) you can identify a … [Read more...]

How To Dress For A Youth Work Interview

How to dress for a youth work interview

Q: Could you give any advice on how to dress for a youth work interview? A: Well, I suppose it depends on what kind of youth worker you are. I'll be honest, I was kind of appalled the first time I was on a youth work interview panel and saw an interviewee wearing jeans, an untucked shirt, loosely dangling tie and corduroy jacket with trainers/tennis shoes. A little … [Read more...]

Youth Retreat Themes – Hunger

How To Plan A Youth Retreat

Coming up with youth retreat themes can be one of the hardest parts of planning a youth retreat. Over the coming months, we'll be giving some youth retreat theme ideas for you to use. On Thursdays, we give free youth work session plan ideas. As the name suggests though, these ideas are based on shorter youth work sessions, so aren't always suitable as themes for youth … [Read more...]

Youth Work Blog Posts Of The Week – Mar 24

Youth ministry blogs

We recently started a new series on Saturdays called Youth Work Blog Posts Of The Week. These are blog posts (or other articles online) that we think are worth youth workers reading. Here's this week's list: 1. vInspired: Why gang culture is something to be encouraged, not dismantled - A provocative piece on gang membership, its benefits and how we can understand how to … [Read more...]

Youth Work In Schools In The UK – Guest Post (part 2)

Youth work in schools

Today is the second part of Mince's guest post about youth work in schools in the UK. Check out the first part here and come back next week for the third and final installment. Youth Work in Schools in the UK - Part 2 There are two reasons that teacher training is so intensive: one is that, as you already know, the good and proper education of children and young people is … [Read more...]

World Awareness Games – Youth Work Session Plan Idea

World Awareness

If you're planning on using last week's session plan idea on World Awareness, there's a lot of learning and research that your young people will be doing. To make things more fun, here are three games that fit in with a World Awareness theme, while also encouraging learning at the same time: Where Is It? Split your youth group into teams (or just as individuals/pairs if … [Read more...]

The Norming Stage Of Group Development

Norming stage of group development

We've recently been looking at Tuckman's stages of group development and how they affect your youth work - so far we've covered the Forming Stage and Storming Stage. We're now reaching the halfway point in the series.  If we were a group, we might just be entering Tuckman and Jensen's (1977) Norming Stage. This is where your youth group is beginning to settle, the members … [Read more...]