Module 2: perspectives on working with young people: facilitator's guide

3.5 Meeting the needs of a wide range of ages in providing services to young people

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To run effective targeted programs, services should identify the group of young people they want to target, understand the needs of that client group and include some young people in the process of service development.

Task - workplace learning/group activity, writing exercise
Summary
Distance learners

Task - workplace learning/group activity, writing exercise

Brainstorm which group/s of young people do not use your service. Record on whiteboard. Divide learners into small groups. Allocate each group a different target group. Each group to consider the following questions:

Question - What sort of information would you need before your organisation could plan programs for these young people?

Question - How would you include young people from this group in the planning process?

Question - Give an example of the kind of program that you think might be successful in targeting these young people.

Question - How would you promote it?

Question - What are some indicators that you could use for evaluating the program?

Question - If your agency were to cater for a wide age range (e.g. 14-19-year-old girls and boys) what are some of the services and facilities you would have to provide or change?

Feedback and discussion from each group.

Summary

  • As a worker it is important to allow a young person to explore their sexuality and not set 'rules' that indicate right or wrong behaviour.
  • It is essential to ensure that young people are not placing themselves at physical or psychological risk of harm while exploring their sexuality.
  • It is important that you provide the young person with as much information as possible so that they are informed of their rights and choices.
  • It is important to understand that young people are a diverse group and to work with them in the context of the broader society in which they live.
Top of pageThe period adolescence can be divided into three substages:
  • Early adolescence - 10-13 years of age
  • Traditional or mid-adolescence - 14-18 years of age
  • Late adolescence/Youth - 19-23 years of age
Young people undergo critical developmental changes including:
  • physical
  • cognitive
  • social
No two young people are the same. Each young person has a different experience of adolescence according to the experiences and influences in their life.

Overhead transparency

  • Allow a young person to explore their sexuality and don't set 'rules' that indicate right or wrong behaviour
  • Ensure that young people are not placing themselves at physical or psychological harm while exploring their sexuality
  • Provide the young person with information
  • Young people are a diverse group
  • Work with them in the context of the broader system
Adolescence can seen as three substages:
  • Early 10-13 years
  • Traditional or mid 14-18 years
  • Late adolescence/Youth 19-23 years
Young people undergo critical developmental changes including:
  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Social
No two young people are the same.

Distance learners

(A good point for student to contact facilitator).

Distance learners have been advised to make contact with you, the facilitator, to check their learning progress.