“Youth Work: helping young people in transition period to become independent”

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KRISTINA MAČIULYTĖ, Youth worker in Public Entity ACTIO CATOLICA PATRIA in Lithuania. #EUYOUTHCONF
“Youth Work: helping young people
in transition period to become independent”

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“Youth Work: helping young people in transition period to become independent”

  1. 1. Kristina Mačiulytė, social worker “Actio Catholica Patria” helping young people in transition period to become
  2. 2. Unique and powerful  Lack of social and Independent life skills  With big (sometimes unrealistic) dreams about their future  No clear vision or abilities how to reach their dream  Not motivated for changes  Usually not involved into any formal or non formal activities  Sometimes with delinquent behavior  Sometimes not welcoming appearance Portrait of young person attending youth center
  3. 3. Complements the range of services for young people Legal recognition of Youth Work Conception of Open Youth Centres and Spaces in 2010 Certification of the Qualifications of the Youth Workers in 2011 Description of Open Youth Centres in 2012 Description of Youth workers practice in 2013 Open Youth Centres and Open Youth Spaces Youth workers certificates and competences
  4. 4.  Reaches young people through “Low-threshold”  Accepts youngster with his own values and attitudes  Step by step builds the trust and dialogue based relationship  Sets some boundaries and agreements and helps to follow them  Confronts, but does not judge  Engages to some activities and gives clear and achievable responsibilities  Leads and supports in the process and helps to evaluate the experience  Notices personal growth and encourage  Empowers to use newly gained skills
  5. 5. Trust based Relationship Safe environment Time - as long as it takes Willingness to see changes
  6. 6.  Attitude towards young people  Recognition of youth work  Support and personal assistant system  Too high expectations and time limits  Cooperation and communication culture in some institutions  Uncertainty for NGOs and other organizations working with young people  And sometimes at least the way a young person is welcomed…

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