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ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-57167-633-7

Author(s): Christopher R. Edginton, Christopher L. Kowalski

Copyright year: 2005

pages: 311

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One’s youth is a distinct stage of one’s life. In many ways youth live in a separate world: a time and place with its own culture which provides significant opportunities for individuals to craft their identities, learn necessary life skills, expand their horizons, find their vocation, and develop the foundations for their adult life. Often the social gap between adults and young people makes it difficult for youth to learn from the experiences of their elders.

Youth work represents an opportunity to bring young people and adults together — collaborative efforts that provide meaningful and insightful experiences for all involved.



Chapter 1 - Youth Today
Defining Youth Culture
The Context of Youth Work
Practices and Principles for Youth Development
Communities and Youth Development
Youth in America Today
Challenges Faced by Youth


Chapter 2 - Adolescence
Defining Adolescence
Framing a Concept of Adolescence: Prevailing Assumptions
Thinking of Young People: Alternative Views
Your View of Adolescence: Implications for Youth Work


Chapter 3 - A Historical Perspective
A Starting Point for Youth Work
The Progressive Movement ... Save the Children
Youth Work in the Mid-1900s
Youth Work in the 1980s
Youth Work in the Twenty-First Century
The Evolution of Volunteerism in Youth Work


Chapter 4 - The Language of Youth Work and Youth Development
Early Perspectives of Youth Development
Youth Development: Toward a Definition
Youth Work
Youth Work Organizations


Chapter 5
Philosophical Approaches to Youth Work
Promoting Democratic Learning
Approaches to Youth Work
Orientations to Youth Work and Youth Development
Theoretical Perspectives and Their Application to Youth Work
and Youth Development
Informal Education
Character Education
Youth Work as a Social Instrument


Chapter 6 - Programming with Youth
What is Youth Programming?
Guidelines for Youth Programming
Youth-Centered Programming
Building Ownership and Promoting Democratic Learning
A Framework for Youth Programming
Processes for Organizing Youth Programs in the Community


Chapter 7 - Leadership
The Art of Conversation
Leadership as a Praxis
Leader Presence
Leader Functions
Developing a New Model of Leadership in Youth Work


Chapter 8 - Mentoring Youth
What Is Mentoring?
Mentoring Programs in the United States
The Concept of Mentoring
Effective Mentoring Processes
Models of Youth Mentoring and Adolescent Change
The Stages and Development of Mentoring Relationships
Benefits of Mentoring Relationships


Chapter 9 - Multiculturalism
What is Diversity? Why is it Important to Youth Work?
What is Culture?
What is Multiculturalism?


Chapter 10 - Ethics
What are Ethics?
Why are Ethics Important in the Practice of Youth Work?
Ethics and Diversity
Ethics and Youth Worker Roles


Chapter 11 - Formulating Youth Policy
What are Rights?
What is Youth Policy?
Why is Youth Policy Important in the Practice of Youth Work?
How Does Policy Affect Youth Work?
Youth Policy and the Role of the Youth Worker


Chapter 12 - Professional Career Development
Youth Work as a Profession
What is Professional Development?
Professional Knowledge in Youth Work
Balancing Knowledge and Self
Managing Your Career


Chapter 13 - Challenges and Issues
Providing an Overarching Framework for Youth Development
Describing the Nature of Youth Work
Encouraging an Interdisciplinary Approach to Youth Work
Extending the Practice of Care
Situating Youth Work in Everyday Life of Young People
The Nonschool Hours

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