Principles of Youth Work – Youth Empowerment Strategy (YES)
Whether working in church or community settings, the role is to empower young people to reach potential based on seven principles:
1) A Youth Development Focus;
2) A Strengths base approach;
3) Quality relationship;
4) Deep and Wide;
5) Building participation;
6) Seeing a whole pictures; and
7) Strengthen (restoring) positive connections.
1. A Youth Development Focus:
Every young person needs a village thus a healthy village meets four (4) essential needs. These are Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity.
2. A Strengths Base Approach:
Seeing the potential in every young person. These helps a youth worker to look past the problem to understand the needs. It includes changing language about young people.
3. Quality Relationships
High value of connections between two or more people.
It includes Caring, Embracing, Trust and Honesty, Sharing, Supporting, Loving, Empowering, Truthfulness, etc. These is about Care, Time and Presence with Consistent or ongoing relationship.
4. Deep and Wide
Deep is about youth journeying with few people in a community or area. Few people are following until meeting their dreams or goal. These is inclusive of Time and Presence, Mentoring, Councilling and Care.
Wide means engaging with the mess or good number of people. Many people are following but will left along the way. It also means bringing service to all community such as Funding, Scholarships, Activities and Programs.
5. Building Participation
Involving young people in being part of a solution. When young people contribute to their community, they are developing responsibility and generosity.
6. Seeing a Whole Picture
Understanding a young person in an wholestic approach. Its includes Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual as well as Environmental.
7. Strengthen Positive Connection
Relationships with family, education, church, culture, sports, employment.
Connection is starting of the relationship. It builds and respect along the journey. Understanding how wider influences affect the world of a young person.