Youth Work and Inequality : Write for a new book, apply for a new job!

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’.

Seeking practitioners whose work passionately reflects addressing youth inequality and who are interested in writing about it for an upcoming book on the topic! We are accepting abstracts of 250-500 words that should draw heavily on the practice context. Final decisions for submissions will be made by September 2013. Email abstracts to by June 1st. Please share widely as we are aiming for broad global reach. 20 chapters from around the world. We will take three or so from U.K.


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,

Working in youth serving organizations: The sphere of professional education


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.

Further details here. For an informal discussion regarding the requirements of the role please contact Janet Batsleer (

One comment

  1. I don’t think I’ve seen such a flurry of activity in Leeds around youth work for a good time. Are Leeds Youth workers waking up? so many have commented on FB or twitter about this link.

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