It’s National Youth Work Week. The National Youth Agency calls on us to celebrate. It tries to convince us that its theme ‘Skills for Life’ is innovative. Thatcher’s Manpower Services Commission tried it on over thirty years ago and was repelled in the name of social awareness and education. In the corporate heart of London the second ‘Creative Collisions’ conference claims to be ‘Uniting the Youth Sector’ and ‘Uniting for Young People’.
For the moment a few questions for the Youth Sector propaganda machine
1. As you celebrate and unite the devastation of local youth services continues apace. Links simply from the past week or so.
The fight for Castlegate continues – the provision of holistic support and counselling for 16 – 25 years in York.
Campaigning to keep the Youth Fund – Following the extermination of the Manchester Youth Service, Voluntary Youth Manchester battles to retain funding for 40 plus voluntary youth organisations.
plus the ongoing 38 Degrees petition
What is your unifying message?
2. As you celebrate and unite for young people – message for your marketing folk, uniting with young people would have been more in tune with a distinctive youth work tradition, but what would they know? – you’ve a bit of a problem, which is not resolved by young people being entrepreneurial. For the past two decades successive governments have consciously worsened the situation faced by young people, eroding their rights and opportunities. And so it goes on. A few links again from the past few weeks.
Wouldn’t Uniting for, indeed with, Young People mean campaigning explicitly against government policies, rather than colluding with the Cabinet Office launch of a Centre for Youth Impact?
Enough for now, IDYW people will be at Creative Collisions and will be reporting back to our seminar in Birmingham on Friday, November 7. Perhaps our questions will be answered. We’ll let you know our reactions next week.