Youth Access to the Bridge Craig Green Information and Learning Services Manager John Wheatley College
Bridge Background <ul><li>Local poverty and deprivation </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-social behaviour and territorialism </li></...
Early Bridge Experience <ul><li>Most young people behave well </li></ul><ul><li>Significant minority of young people with ...
Youth Access <ul><li>5 years in practice, supporting young people 12+ </li></ul><ul><li>Service supports 1300 young people...
Youth Access at the Bridge <ul><li>4 years ago introduced an immediately successful (Saturday afternoons) trial of drop-in...
The Bridge mix <ul><li>Young people </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Workers (from College with other support from youth work partn...
Youth Worker Role <ul><li>Build trusted relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage positive behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Enc...
Library Assistant Role <ul><li>Issue user accounts, CD-ROM based games (and occasionally, books) </li></ul><ul><li>Consult...
Tutor Role <ul><li>Teach creative IT skills – particularly when young people become interested in developing more advanced...
IT-based activities
Curriculum for Excellence <ul><li>The Youth Access programme supports young people to become  confident individuals  who: ...
Curriculum for Excellence <ul><li>The Youth Access programme supports young people to become  effective contributors  thro...
Curriculum for Excellence <ul><li>The Youth Access programme supports young people to become  responsible citizens  who ar...
Curriculum for Excellence <ul><li>The Youth Access programme supports young people to become  successful learners  who: </...
Recognising Achievement <ul><li>Significant Achievements recorded in Individual Learning Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Y...
Current Bridge Youth Access Service <ul><li>Monday, Wednesday, Friday evenings 5 -8pm </li></ul><ul><li>Saturdays 11 - 5pm...
Impact <ul><li>Youth disorder and violence down over last two years in wider area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Particularly Frida...
Youth Access Bridge Services: Ingredients
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Craig Green, Information and Learning Services Manager at John Wheatley College on the services offered to young people at the Bridge in Easterhouse. Some successes dealing with problems relating to territorialism and antisocial behaviour.

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Youth access at the bridge

  1. 1. Youth Access to the Bridge Craig Green Information and Learning Services Manager John Wheatley College
  2. 2. Bridge Background <ul><li>Local poverty and deprivation </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-social behaviour and territorialism </li></ul><ul><li>Shared service environment (swimming, drama, café, recording studios, library, flexible learning unit) </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership approach to solving problems </li></ul><ul><li>‘ A cool place to be’ for young people with PCs acting as magnet for them </li></ul>
  3. 3. Early Bridge Experience <ul><li>Most young people behave well </li></ul><ul><li>Significant minority of young people with behavioural problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes including abusive refusal to accept authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negative experience for other users </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mixing youth work and library approaches works well to address these issues </li></ul>
  4. 4. Youth Access <ul><li>5 years in practice, supporting young people 12+ </li></ul><ul><li>Service supports 1300 young people to access learning centres across east Glasgow in the evenings and at weekends </li></ul><ul><li>Informal IT-based learning support based on young people’s interests as they express them at the time (beginning with fun in safe places) </li></ul><ul><li>Combination of youth workers (lead role) and tutors and other partner staff in host centres </li></ul><ul><li>Dependent on various partners in various venues </li></ul>
  5. 5. Youth Access at the Bridge <ul><li>4 years ago introduced an immediately successful (Saturday afternoons) trial of drop-in service supported by College youth worker with 20 PCs reserved </li></ul><ul><li>Initially introduced in response to behavioural problems faced mostly by library service </li></ul><ul><li>Extended to evenings and Saturdays and with tutor support </li></ul><ul><li>Relocated from public area to 50 PC flexible learning unit </li></ul><ul><li>Use of PC access incentive for ‘probation service’ approach to addressing behavioural problems arising in main library area </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Bridge mix <ul><li>Young people </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Workers (from College with other support from youth work partners) </li></ul><ul><li>Library Assistants </li></ul><ul><li>Tutors </li></ul><ul><li>52 PCs reserved for teenagers most evenings and Saturdays , 32 others available for younger (and older) people </li></ul>
  7. 7. Youth Worker Role <ul><li>Build trusted relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage positive behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage learning </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage development of social skills </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge negative behaviour, maintaining orderly environment </li></ul>
  8. 8. Library Assistant Role <ul><li>Issue user accounts, CD-ROM based games (and occasionally, books) </li></ul><ul><li>Consult young people about library services </li></ul><ul><li>Support younger young people in basic use of PCs </li></ul><ul><li>Build trusted relationships with young people </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge negative behaviour, maintaining orderly environment </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tutor Role <ul><li>Teach creative IT skills – particularly when young people become interested in developing more advanced skills (playing with more advanced software) </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage and confirming learning </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage ambition to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Build positive relationships with young people </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge negative behaviour, maintaining orderly environment </li></ul>
  10. 10. IT-based activities
  11. 11. Curriculum for Excellence <ul><li>The Youth Access programme supports young people to become confident individuals who: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>have learned to behave in an adult manner so that they can learn (based on their own interests) in an adult learning environment; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recognise that they are able to take more responsibility for themselves and for their actions and who are therefore more likely to do so elsewhere; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>are challenged to explore, understand and discuss their own values, and beliefs based on their own self expression (for example through the social networking presences of themselves and friends). </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Curriculum for Excellence <ul><li>The Youth Access programme supports young people to become effective contributors through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>communication with both peers and adults in authority in order to form and develop good relationships often across territorial boundaries; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working with other people to resolve differences, to collaboratively create work and sometimes to publish it; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use their skills and positive experiences to lead others. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Curriculum for Excellence <ul><li>The Youth Access programme supports young people to become responsible citizens who are more able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>discuss and understand issues affecting their communities; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>plan and take action on issues affecting their community; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>make sure their views and opinions are heard and respected in service development; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>understand and get on with people from different neighbourhoods or with different experiences, abilities, backgrounds and beliefs. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Curriculum for Excellence <ul><li>The Youth Access programme supports young people to become successful learners who: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>are motivated to learn and have belief in their ability to learn; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>are more able to identify and understand what they need and want to learn; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>are more able share their learning with others (and at times to transfer this learning to the school setting); and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>are more able to use their core skills (particularly those relating to IT, communication and working with others). </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Recognising Achievement <ul><li>Significant Achievements recorded in Individual Learning Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of positive behaviour in supervised sessions to enable re-inclusion into overall Bridge service </li></ul>
  16. 16. Current Bridge Youth Access Service <ul><li>Monday, Wednesday, Friday evenings 5 -8pm </li></ul><ul><li>Saturdays 11 - 5pm (with temporary extension to 8pm) </li></ul><ul><li>New literacies support service (‘Quiet Night’) </li></ul><ul><li>No Youth Access service Tuesday evenings </li></ul><ul><li>No library service Wednesday Friday or Saturday evenings </li></ul><ul><li>Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons and evenings include additional support from local voluntary sector partner </li></ul>
  17. 17. Impact <ul><li>Youth disorder and violence down over last two years in wider area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Particularly Friday evenings where good services now developed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less behavioural problems with some young people, services and staff are better able to deal with it </li></ul><ul><li>New Thursday evening ‘Quiet time’ literacies support service to be delivered by library staff (cross between ‘homework club’ and Youth Access0 </li></ul><ul><li>525 young people have had support from the programme so far this year (since August) with average attendances of 37 </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of the success of youth work approach has led to interest from library staff and other Bridge partners in training in youth work essentials </li></ul>
  18. 18. Youth Access Bridge Services: Ingredients

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