Monday, May 13, 2013
It is a good theory right? One that a "professional youth worker" can come up with and market, but is it right? I decided to ask a group of kids that question at an after school art program that I help facilitate. These are off the cuff interviews I recorded and edited on my phone, so the quality isn't the greatest, but know you are getting authentic answers.
So there you have it. The world needs youth workers because everyone needs someone they can turn to when they need to be heard. That is easier said than done. It takes hours upon hours to build trust and friendship to the point of true mentorship. Just this past week I got a phone call from a young person who needed someone to talk to after finding out some difficult news. They remembered me from their time in high school and even though I hadn't seen them in years, they knew I was someone they could trust to listen. That highlights the reason why I keep doing this job. If you are a youth worker - be encouraged to keep going. If you are a supporter of youth work: THANK YOU! If you fall somewhere in-between, I encourage you to support youth work either in your own community - or you can support my work as I try to be a consistent presence in kids lives.
You can support my work by clicking on the following link
Be sure to write "Danny Ferguson" in the staff member field. Know that 96.05% of the money you give goes directly toward my work with young people, the other 3.95% allocated to keeping our administration running smoothly. I challenge you to find a better ratio out there.
Also I'd love to hear why you think the world needs Youth Workers. Leave a comment below.
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