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  • We are not starting from a blank slate….
  • While strength based youth work might sound like a grey area. It’s not!
  • Thankfully, as I’ve already said, we have all we need to light the path ahead, THROUGH YOUR PRACTICE ON THE GROUND!
  • But…we want to work smart not hard. So today we want to build a framework that draws on our existing strengths and doesn’t leave us over stretched.
  • Nor do we want to set a vision beyond our sites. Our goal is achievable with coordination.
  • Changing the focus from what is problematic to what is possible
  • Given that both are equally true where is all the energy and focus going?
  • Certainly a glance at the papers suggests:
  • History has always problematised young people
  • ABCD is about promoting a paradigm shift
  • Following the cycle of four D’s we will explore success stories in terms of engaging young people in the past and look to how we can learn from them. Using the ingredients of past success to mobilising young people.
  • Unpacking participation
  • A good life is colonised by people at every level
  • Jane civic muscle cannot be flexed in this context
  • Jane civic muscle cannot be flexed in this context
  • So many youth at risk experience the same reality where they are surrounded by professionals but not connected into their community
  • Building civic power is not possible when circles of participation are restricted
  • From clients to citizens
  • From consumption to production
  • Inspiration is key

Regional workshops, day 1 & 2  presentation Regional workshops, day 1 & 2 presentation Presentation Transcript

  • Mobilising Young People Strength Based Approach Regional ABCD Workshops-Cormac Russell, ABCD Institute
  • Day One Contents Asset Mapping Learning from your success AI 2 4 Learning Conversations 3 3 A fresh Perspective 3 1
  • Youth Work A Fresh Perspective
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  • You hold the Solutions that work
    • Sharing our wisdom…..
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  • The dilemma . . . Individuals and Communities have deficiencies & needs Individuals and Communities have skills and talents
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  • people focused their attention on….
    • What can be done instead of what can’t be done
    What might be possible if rather than problems more than weaknesses
    • In the re al world there are both strengths and needs
    So where is most practice focused? Where is most policy focused?
    • CAUSE PROBLEMS
    • HAVE PROBLEMS
    • ARE PROBLEMS
    Young People
  • Teenagers u hv 2 luv ‘em… TEONA:   Latin word from which the word teenager originates.   It means ‘ grief, strife and misery ’.
  • Problem Problem Solver Client Change Maker Recipient Co-Producers At risk population Leadership asset to be dealt with to be cultivated Tomorrow’s Part of today’s Leaders Leadership team Adult in the A citizen of today making Paradigm Change Regarding Youth
  • Work in the Region Appreciative Inquiry
  • Appreciative Inquiry-How have we engaged in the past? Start: D1- DISCOVER D2 - DREAM D3-DESIGN D1- We have done it before. D2 – We have a vision for our future. D3 – We agree on what could be done. D4 – We have a list of our resources to draw from. D5 – action plan & start implementing it. D5 – DELIVER/DO IT D4 -DEFINE
  • In practice Using AI
  • 2. Requires intentional re-framing : The classic choice: “ glass is half empty or half full” 3. Affirmative topic choice Building and analyzing what we want instead of what we don’t want 1. Appreciating the positive potential in the present
  • Strength Oriented
    • Past achievements
    • Dreams of the possible using what we have to secure what we have not.
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  • Implementing “What Will Be” Action Planning (Treatment) Agreeing “What we have to contribute; what could be ” Analysis of Possible Solutions Envisioning “What Might Be” Analysis of Causes Appreciating and Valuing The Best of “What Is” “ Felt Need” Identification of Problem Positive/Strengths Approach Negative/ Needs Approach
  • Appreciative Inquiry system Start: D1- DISCOVER D2 - DREAM D3-DESIGN D1- We have done it before. D2 – We have a vision for our future. D3 – We agree on what could be done. D4 – We have a list of our resources to draw from. D5 – action plan & start implementing it. D5 – DELIVER/DO IT D4 -DEFINE
  • 11.35-11.50 Coffee
  • Paired Exercise Learning Conversation
  • Learning Conversation
    • What do you care about enough to act on?
    • What do you have to offer?
    • What will it take for you to join in action with others who share your interests?
  • Feedback Learning Conversation
  • In practice Asset Mapping
  • Five Types of Assets to Connect
    • Talents and skills of our people
    • Associations, and our network of relationships
    • Institutions and professional entities
    • Physical assets
      • Land
      • Property
      • Buildings
      • Equipment
    • Economic assets
      • Productive work of individuals
      • Consumer spending power
      • Local business assets
  • The three key arenas for uncovering community assets People Government & Civil Society groups Associations
  • Conducting an asset inventory at neighborhood level
    • Mapping individual assets
    • Mapping associational assets
    • Mapping institutional assets
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  • Why do asset mapping?
    • Connecting Assets.
  • Sample Capacity Inventory
    • INTRODUCTION
    • My name is ____________. What is your name?
    • Thank you for coming over. Did someone talk to you about what the “gift exchange” is all about? What do you understand it to be?
    • Basically, we believe that everyone has God-given talents and gifts that can be used to benefit the community. I’d like to spend a few minutes talking to you about your gifts and skills.
    • GIFTS
    • Gifts are abilities that we are born with. We may develop them, but no one has to teach them to us.
    • What positive qualities do people say you have?
    • Who are the people in your life that you give to? How did you give it to them?
    • When was the last time you shared with someone else? What was it?
    • What do you give that makes you feel good?
  • Sample Capacity Inventory (cont.)
    • SKILLS
    • Sometimes we have talents that we’ve acquired in everyday life such as cooking and fixing things.
    • What do you enjoy doing?
    • If you could start a business, what would it be?
    • What do you like to do that people would pay you to do?
    • Have you ever made anything? Have you ever fixed anything?
    • DREAMS
    • Before you go, I want to take a minute and hear about your dreams –these goals you hope to accomplish.
    • What are your dreams?
    • If you could snap your fingers and be doing anything, what would it be?
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  • Willingness to Work on Neighborhood Projects Based on interviews with 21 association leaders 2 3 8 8 Neighborhood Safety 2 3 6 10 Improving Neighborhood Health 0 4 9 8 Supporting Families 0 2 7 12 Working with Senior Citizens 1 1 4 15 Working with Youth 0 5 6 10 Village Enhancement Not Willing Uncertain if Willing Willing but Haven’t Done Work Have Done Work
  • Q&A Asset Mapping
  • 1.15-2.15 Lunch
  • Small Group Work Community Asset Mapping
  • Youth area mapping-but are they mapping assets? Case study: Sacramento
  • Evaluation…. Are you any the wiser?
  • Visit our Publications pages to learn more about ABCD and its community applications: http://www.abcdinstitute.org/publications/                                                                                                                 
  • Joint Youth Work Ireland & Nurture Development Initiative
    • Cormac Russell
    • Nurture Development
    • [email_address]
    • Matthew Seebach
    • Youth Work Ireland
    • [email_address]
  • Thank You! Close of Day One Cormac Russell, [email_address] www.nurturedevelopment.ie
  • ABCD in Action Day Two
  • Day Two Contents Next steps Using Matching 2 4 Mobilising Youth led change 3 3 From local to County 3 1
  • Asset Based Youth Led Development & ABCD: ‘Moving from local engagement to countrywide engagement’
  • Circle of Participation Participation Economic Exchange Friendship Intimacy
  • Full circles indicate capacity to deal with life and to participate in it.
  • Spot the difference?
  • Spot the difference?
  • Traditional Approach: YAR
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  • Person Centered Work The balancing of services to clients with supports for citizens & communities Community Centered Work Youth Development
  • Everyone, regardless of age, should have the opportunity to be a producer of their own and their community’s well-being. It takes everyone to build a strong and safe community.
  • 1 Part Participation: 9 Parts Inspiration
      • “ If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather – teach them to long for the immensity of the sea”
      • Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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  • From Local to County Local Youth Led Democracy: Comhairle na nÓg Neighbourhoods Communities County Connections Schools Youth Groups Structures Current Structures Emergent Getting connected, working together to make things better When they’re connected & mobilised Influencing Policy
  • Small Group Work Going Glocal
  • 11.35 Coffee
  • Addressing the issue of inclusion Case study: Ability or Disability?
  • Small Group Work On Inclusion
  • 1.00-2.00 Lunch
  • The Carlow Pilot Matching Grants
  • Facilitating young people through ABCD Mobilising Youth led Action
  • Co Carlow Comhairle Na Og Youth led ABCD
  • http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =YMyBGtGZi1w&feature=related Values
  • Strengths http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =9lp0IWv8QZY
  • Strength of Community http:// maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa =0&msid=106304365780932181125.00046a49f4e0dc5c96353&ct= onebox&cd =20&cad=docsearch,cid:2243909974029388383&geocode=FZb_TAIdp4TB-A
  • Building Our Project Where’s the Stone soup?
  • Small Group Work Facilitating Youth led Action
  • Small Group Work Affinity Groups & Feedback
  • Evaluation…. Are you any the wiser?
  • Visit our Publications pages to learn more about ABCD and its community applications: http://www.abcdinstitute.org/publications/                                                                                                                 
  • Joint Youth Work Ireland & Nurture Development Initiative
    • Cormac Russell
    • Nurture Development
    • [email_address]
    • Matthew Seebach
    • Youth Work Ireland
    • [email_address]
  • Thank You! Close of Day One Cormac Russell, [email_address] www.nurturedevelopment.ie