Our Approach to Youth Development

Our Approach to Youth Development

Our Approach to Youth Development

SAAYC has in its program design, form and practice sought to view young people as active participants in their own development and not just passive recipients.

In translating Integrated Youth Development, understood and packaged as its own approach, SAAYC seeks to:

  • Allow young people to determine the intervention and the results
  • Facilitate the changing of an environment
  • Influence positive thinking of the young person
  • Assist and support young people to challenge the odds
  • Provide opportunities to young people so that they stay on track

We believe that effective youth work……

Is not
  • Only focused on desired outcomes
  • Trying to shape young people into marketable products
  • Trying to adjust environments
Rather it
  • Concentrates on developing participatory processes
  • Allows young people to determine the results and an intervention
  • Facilitates the changing of an environment
From
  • The problem focused, pathological mode
  • Problem reduction strategies
  • Short-term, formal and only numerically quantifiable
  • Trying to change behavior
  • Once-off intervention strategies
To
  • The holistic, healthy view
  • Problem correction strategies
  • Long-term, includes the non-formal, and is life changing
  • Trying to influence thinking
  • A continuum of appropriate responses
Not Only
  • Help young people beat the odds
  • Acknowledge and correct problems
  • Catch those who have jumped off the track
But
  • Assist and support young people to change the odds
  • Document and support the conditions which account for resiliency
  • Provide opportunities to young people so that they may stay on track