Tuesday, September 15, 2009

4 Pillars of Youth Support

a Biblical thought...
He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" (Mark 4:40-41)

a Book thought...
Comparison, whether out of pride or embarrassment, will not help us keep our minds servant-focused. Acceptance will. (p138)

a Dave thought...
Yesterday a small group of us connected to the world of youth work in the Salvation Army met to discuss some new ways forward. Dave Turner was the facilitator and his knowledge of the UK youth policy and connection with the current government was very informative. The four pillars of youth work was a concept presented which reminds us that “schools, youth services, teachers, youth workers and case managers cannot do it alone”. Each of these pillars are essential for our marginalised youth to make it through into adulthood.
1. Parents/Caregivers – the primary support that often breaks down
2. Professionals – the paid support that connects the youth to agencies
3. Community and Significant Adults – role models and coaches that may evolve into mentors
4. Peers – activities with others an in teams is vital for support

Just a thought.

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