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September 10th, 2011

Highs and Lows

Working with young people can be really great, sometimes working with young people can be a real struggle! For all you youth workers out there I am sure you can appreciate this, for those of you that do not work with young people or do not work with young people as a youth worker, it is difficult, to say the least! One of the key values of youth work generally and definitely held by the Canaan Project is Voluntary Participation.

100% of the young people accessing the Canaan Project sessions are there voluntary. They vote with their feet about our sessions!

The trouble is with this is that sometimes you want young people there, because you want them to do something, or take an opportunity that you might have for them, and they don’t turn up! This happened yesterday at Youth Club, 2 young people that were supposed to be helping me with recruiting young people for a session they were running decided not to turn up! We have subsequently had a great conversation about responsibility and as it turns out one young person had a legitimate reason but we had a conversation about communication! This does not take away from the fact that I, (James) was really frustrated on Thursday night!