Module 1 – Communicating Youth Work

The Communicating Youth Work module is designed to enhance your understanding of the wide range of dimensions of youth work as a profession and as a practice. It considers the distinctiveness of youth work, identifies the benefits of youth work and explores what youth workers do, not just in terms of activities, but also the context of those activities and how the workers’ ethos and approach is what gives them their distinctive value. Finally it asks how youth workers might better record, document and communicate the nature and value of what they do to diverse audiences.

The module consists of three units:

1. Uniqueness, Benefits and Outcomes

2. Beyond Activities, What Youth Workers Do

3. Getting the Word Out

Each unit contains an interactive video along with downloadable resource material you can access on a variety of devices. All videos are subtitled in English. The video is in the region of 20-30 minutes with the interactivity and about five minutes if you watch the original video straight through without the interactivity. Both options are available below. While individual video are informative in its own right, the interactive dimension invites you to engage more deeply with the topic, to ‘watch, read, reflect and act.’

The downloadable resource in pdf format delves deeper again and provides additional information and resources on each unit’s topic. It is entirely up to you how to engage with the material though we suggest that there is an value in engaging with each unit sequentially.

Maynooth University took the lead on developing this module working in collaboration with colleagues in Tallinn University.

Unit 1 – Uniqueness, Benefits and Outcomes interactive

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Original Video Unit 1

Unit 2 – Beyond Activities- What Youth Workers Do

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Original Video Unit 2

Unit 3 – Getting the Word Out

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Original Video Unit 3

More Sources and Resources

You will find additional Sources and Resources on this and other Youth Work topics here.