The elevenses are a series of 60 minute webinars around the themes of Youth Work Week 2020.
Running each day through Youth Work Week from 11am to 12noon (except Thursday 9am to 10am)
This webinar will explore the emerging need to be ambitious for youth.
In The NYA Out of Sight report, Leigh Middleton CEO NYA highlighted the need for youth services to be enabled and empowered to do more.
‘Youth work provides a safe space for young people to go to, things to do and someone to talk to who knows what is
needed. This has been all but lost in many places and with the threat that one in five of youth clubs and services will not re-open. Too many qualified youth workers are being furloughed by youth charities or redeployed to other jobs from local authority youth services, and there are trusted adult volunteers who would normally be helping youth clubs and local groups which are closed. Youth services must be enabled, empowered and up-skilled to do more, not less, to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable young people and for sustained support as we emerge from the crisis.’
We will be exploring and reflecting on two key themes
1. In the current climate and in the future, how should youth work provide safe places, which are creative and transformational?
2. Within youthwork practice, are we being ambitious enough for young people, to support them in developing social networks and friendships within a COVID19 environment? Are youth workers at risk of losing our skills within a digital world