Broadly, youth development occurs as young people grow and develop individually, in schools, in families and in community groups.
Many different services provide youth development opportunities that are open to all young people. They focus on learning through experience, involve young people in decision making roles, and offer young people the opportunity to build social networks and make a contribution to their communities. Youth development activities also offer opportunities for practical skill development. The provision of these opportunities is essential for young people to reach their potential. Particularly for those who may experience challenges in their lives.
There are many different types of youth development programs and service providers including not for profit community organisations, volunteer organisations and government support programs. Many youth services in the ACT provide programs that have a youth development focus, and as a worker you may already be facilitating youth development opportunities. This section focuses on Youth Development Programs in the Volunteer Sector.
Many youth development programs rely on volunteers. Young people often volunteer for their own development to gain experience and new skills, meet new people, make a difference, experience new challenges and have fun. Below is information for services to consider when working with young volunteers.
Ways to recruit young volunteers:
Ways to recognise and retain young volunteers:
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