We’ve received a note from Dana Fusco, Professor of Teacher Education at the University of New York and editor of ‘Advancing Youth Work : Current Trends, Critical Questions’.
If there are any of our supporters, who feel they have something to say, but are somewhat intimidated by the thought of writing a chapter, get in touch with Tony to chat things through. And you are not alone if you are a touch anxious. In truth there are more than a few across our ranks, who are brilliant at articulating their thoughts in speech, but freeze at the sight of a blank piece of paper!!
This is an appropriate moment also to flag that Dana will be the keynote speaker at our next IDYW seminar on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 19 at the UNISON centre, Euston Road, London. More information to follow, but put the date in your diary. And, while we’re at it, given our parochialism and often ignorance of youth work outside our shores, here is the link to an informative and challenging piece by Dana about youth work and youth work education in the USA,
Meanwhile closer to home it is heartening – given the shifting landscape in defining youth work – to see the following statement in the initial job details for a Senior Lecturer : Youth and Community Work at the Manchester Metropolitan University.
The successful candidate will have experience of and commitment to critical approaches in informal education in community settings. S/he will have used creative approaches and will have experience of participatory approaches to youth and community work practice. S/he will have explored and experienced the power of critical dialogue in work with community /youth groups. S/he will have experienced what it means to be part of a ‘learning team’ and have engaged well with a range of communities such as are found in diverse and fragmented urban contexts.