This month’s RadEd Forum is on radical youthwork. Note the different venue for this!
See below for details:
When: Monday 22nd May
Where: Inspire, 34-38 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ
Come along and have a chat with us about what radical youth work should look like
We are planning to set up a youth group ourselves in Dalston so would also welcome
interested volunteers or those interested in setting up their own groups in other
areas who’d like to be in touch with us.
Reading material:p54-58: Empowering Young People through Social Action –
Katharine O’Brien http://infed.org/mobi/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Innovation_in_Youth_Work.pdf
Also check out any of these for some critiques of mainstream youth work:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13676261.2011.618489 (just the abstract)
is a review of http://www.russellhouse.co.uk/pdfs/Radicalyouth.pdf
We plan on setting up a weekly or fortnightly youth club that aims to engage young
people in politics, finding campaigns that they are interested in and helping them
facilitate action that can make change around their chosen causes.
We have a venue already that can be used free of charge. There is no budget at
present to pay potential youth workers, to source materials or indeed for anything
Sessions would be voluntary for young people and leaders alike. They would need to
be engaging and fun as well as relevant to the concerns and issues of the young
people and working towards real and tangible outcomes.
We suggest each time we look at sessions that contain: educating around current or
historical campaigns; working on our own campaign; creative or recreational
activities. Timing 1.5-2hours.
Points to discuss:
What is youth work in today’s world? How is radical youth work different?
Nature of campaign and how to choose it
Recruitment of young people
Volunteers to assist running the club