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to continuously and critically reflect on how their own actions, as well as local objectives, methods and ways of organising activities comply with the core principles.

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If youth work is to meet the core principle that it should “execute and promote critical thinking and creativity” youth workers must continuously look at themselves in the mirror and critically analyse what they see. Doing so, and taking the consequences, is a pre-requisite for dynamic youth work.
This is also important since keeping the ‘development initiative’ and actively come up with suggestions for changes and new initiatives is crucial if youth work should not be told by others in which way to develop.


Guiding questions

To what degree does our local youth work meet this bullet point?

Are there sides/aspects of it that are not reached?
Are there differences related to different activities?
Are there differences related to different groups of young people?
Are there differences related to different youth work providers?
Are there other differences? Related to what?

Specific questions
  • How are we promoting a reflective practice among youth workers?
    • What is needed in terms of time and input to provide the right circumstances for fruitful reflections?
    • How are we using the outcomes of these reflections for bringing forth suggestions for development?
  • Don’t we think there is need for a reflective practice?
  • Are we reflecting more on young people’s behaviour than on our own actions as youth workers?


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Good practices & tools

  • “Spoza brány k politikom” – From behind the gate to politicians

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Future steps

What different steps do we need to take in order to meet this bullet point?

Do we miss any knowledge that we need?
Do we need to take contact with stakeholders not present in our discussions?
Do we need to develop new competences, methods, work processes or organisational structures?
Can we find good practices or tools that might help us to improve this?
Do we have positive experiences from other areas of youth work that we can use also in this case?
Are there other organisations that we can contact and learn from regarding this?
Do we need to take other measures?
Do we have to revise our perspectives and/or priorities regarding youth work?

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