Wednesday, January 26, 2011
YOUthwork by Don Pearson and Paul Santhouse I was skeptical of it at best. However within the first few pages I found myself quite excited that the book delivered on its promise to share, “99 practical ideas for youth workers, parents and volunteers”. The book takes a no nonsense approach to these tips as well as keeps the chapters short and to the point. Not every tip was a fit for my brand of youth work and style, but a great many of topics could be implemented into what I am doing or simply encouraged me to keep going as I am. In my opinion there is a bottom line to simple effective youth work that is often overlooked due to the flash and pizzazz of youth programs. I think that this book boils away all that fat and gets you right into the good stuff. I recommend this book to anyone at any stage of their youth work journey. A big thanks to Don Pearson and Saul Santhouse for their superb work on this collection of thoughts and ideas.
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