expertise gained by youth workers
Since they [youth workers] lack formal power in the institutions they wish to influence, they have to create a large and diverse professional support network with key allies across different institutions. In this process, their close relationship with the youth helps them, gradually, sometimes slowly, to gain the trust of professionals and to gain the informal status of experts themselves.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
Berosh Acher - in a different mindset
The program was designed to be an all-inclusive program for treating marginalized youth via street youth workers. The youth workers worked in pairs, a man and a woman. They stayed in the streets, hanging out in places where youth gathered during evenings and nights, and established contact with them. Through these relationships, the youth workers were supposed to help the youth decrease their involvement in risky activities and to connect them to local social and educational service.
average age 16,6 years old
The objective of Berosh Acher is to challenge the status quo regarding marginalized youth by working on two different but compatible levels: the first is the improvement of the youth's psychosocial wellbeing; the other is the reformation of social institutions and structures. This can be seen in the program's practice in three dimensions: 1) the streets as a physical and political position; 2) youth workers' use of counter narrative; and 3) the role that youth workers take as agents of social capital.
PraktikerInnen/ JugendarbeiterInnen/ MentorInnen
Evaluierung der Aktivität
The evaluation study employed both quantitative and qualitative data collection research tools. A detailed evaluation of the outcomes of the program is provided elsewhere (Lavie-Ajayi & Krumer-Nevo, 2011; Note: This is a secondary source. For more information, please check the bibliography of Lavie-Ajayi Krumer-Nevo 2013). Specifically, it is based on 94 repeated semi-structured, in-depth interviews with project youth workers, the project's management staff and key figures in the communities and on 10 participant observations on site and in training and management team meetings.
111 young people