Role of the Youth Worker

You, as a youth worker, are a motor for change in a rural setting. You can build up relationships with the young people there and stimulate them to become active in their rural environment and improve their living conditions and opportunities.

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Ask yourself: How do you see your role?

  • To help young people to find their own way, to become involved and active
  • To pursue a change in the community
  • To inspire young people / to create ideas
  • To give young people the chance to explore the world
  • To give young people a positive self-image
  • To offer young people interesting things to do in their free time
  • To acquire funding for projects
  • To create a strong link between youth work and the benefits to the whole community (no successful community without happy young people:-)
  • To do something for 'somebody else' - but also do it for 'yourself' (your chance to learn professionally and personally)
  • To open young people's minds
  • To offer Non-Formal Education and leisure time activities
  • To offer space for self-development and being creative
  • To be aware of their identity and find their place in local society
  • To give young people an active role - make them responsible
  • To be a coach for young people
  • To get involved in the young people's 'way of life', in order to design projects according to their own desires and needs

Is there anything missing for you?

  • What is the most important feature (skill, competence,..) a rural youth worker needs to have in your village/rural area?
  • Why are YOU a rural youth worker?
  • What are your personal motivations?

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From the SALTO TC Rural:

Mariana (Estonia) "I am a youth worker because I love dealing with the challenges of rural youth, because I want to help people find their own way to become involved and active."

Korhan (Turkey): "Working with young people opens my mind."

Luis (Portugal): "Observing the work I do ... it makes a difference in the community and that keeps me motivated to go on ... and achieve more, as well as involve more young people."

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