"Youth Development"..."Whats that??"
Youth Development is a major offered at Rhode Island College that offers course work
in Non Profit studies, Social Work, and Education. Youth Development is an umbrella
term for working with youth. Youth Development majors can be found in schools,
camps, organizations, hospitals, extended day programs, and any other place that you
can find youth! The goal of Youth development is to incorporate todays youth in
engaging activities that not only provide safe places, but allows the youth to grow and
develop into the young adults they want to be. Expressing creativity, expanding skills,
and practicing what you love is what youth development is all about to me. What
better way to help our youth learn and grow than by interacting and encouraging their
dreams, for one day they will be our future leaders!
This is Youth Work: Stories from Practice is a must read for anyone involved or
interested in Youth Work. It brings light and understanding as to what Youth Work is
and the many roles that a Youth Worker may have. Providing safe spaces for youth to
attend is one of the many important factors needed in order to work with youth and
make a difference. The second most important thing is to provide a healthy
relationship in which youth can open up and trust in yourself once they are ready.