How to work with young people

How to work with young people

A woman and young boy standing facing each other in a busy park.
Young people are our future. How we treat them is an important indicator of the health and wellbeing of our society.

The official age limit for a young person is 25; that’s a pretty arbitrary cut-off, but the important bit is the word ‘person’. A young person, broadly speaking, is no different from any other ‘person’. Nonetheless, working with young people is easy for some and more of a challenge to others; while there’s no silver bullet or secret for success, our e-book offers advice that can make things easier.

Whether you are working with schools, youth groups or community projects — with children, teenagers or young adults, we hope this e-book will help you to think about things in a slightly different way, help dispel the myths that we (society) have created about young people — and have a lot of fun.

The golden rules for working with young people:

Young people are just as varied, individual and complicated as anyone else. What appeals to one may be the dullest thing in the universe to the next. Don’t assume that because you are reaching some young people that they represent all of them.

Treat young people the way you would want to be treated and never ask them to do things you wouldn’t do yourself.

Making mistakes is okay! You aren’t performing brain surgery or landing a plane full of royal babies so don’t take yourself too seriously if it all goes horribly wrong. Apologise, laugh about it and do it differently next time.