About Youth Work and Work With Girls and Young Women
Hinsley Hall, Leeds
The second of the biannual ‘Thinking Seriously’ conferences organized by ‘Youth and Policy’ is to focus on the subject of Work With Girls and Young Women.
The intention of the ‘Thinking Seriously’ conferences is to offer participants an opportunity to discuss youth work and other approaches to work with young people in a serious, reflective and analytical way, benefiting from analysis and research as well as practice experience across a range of settings and localities. The events are deliberately structured to be small scale to encourage sustained and open critical discussion and developmental conversation amongst participants.
The 2010 conference will approach the question of work with girls and young women from the broad perspective of gender inequality and difference and will seek to develop a critical understanding of current policy agendas and the particular professional specialisms associated with work with girls and young women.
In this context too, find below the transcript of the presentation given by Tania de St Croix at the recent UK Youth/Feminist Webs National Girls’ Work conference, the first to be held for 15 years.
Off Target: Girls Work, Control and Inequality
Talk at UK Youth Girls Work Conference, Tania de St Croix, 08/09/09
I am not an experienced speaker and this is way out of my comfort zone! So why did I say yes? Because I don’t think we face-to-face workers speak up often enough. Because I love youth work and girls work. And because they are under threat.
The kind of youth work I love is not the special events, it’s what I try to do every night: usually improvised, mostly informal, sometimes chaotic, often creative and always questioning.
And I believe this is a time in youth work history when all of us who practice this kind of youth work need to take action if we want it to survive.