Create a 12 page essay paper that discusses The Role of Group Work in Youth Work Intervention.
Youth workers are guided by certain values in their practice of developing young people. The literature on youth work places emphasis on the youth’s decision to become involved. It also highlights the need to use the youth’s experiences as the starting point — their values, views, and principles. By providing a safe atmosphere for them to express their ideas, they become empowered to influence their environment. It is through this that the youth starts to widen their horizons and begin to proactively seek participation and commitment to social development. The role of youth work involves equipping the youth with skills to grow through a supportive group environment and to provide opportunities for them to fully develop their potentials, so they are more prepared to face future challenges and become productive citizens.
This paper examines the role of group work in youth work intervention. Of vital importance to the discussion is how intervention through group work is able to challenge the concept of oppression. As such, the succeeding sections of the paper will be divided into three major topics. The first examines the significance of equality issues in youth and community work. The next section presents an overview of how equality is treated in policy-making bodies. The last section gives a critical discussion of how group work is an effective tool in youth work intervention.
Historically, community development work has made significant contributions to people who are experiencing oppression. In the 1970s an influential theory was proposed by a development worker, Paulo Frieri who spent years teaching literacy to Brazilian workers. .