Working with Older Young People Can Be Challenging !!


In this episode of Youth Work Toolbox, we explore some of the challenges of working with older young people.

As a youth worker you will face challenges when it come to engage young people.

Most UK youth services are aimed at engaging young people aged 9 – 19 years old.

However, young people aged 17 – 19 years old can be a little more challenging to engage in some provision.

Some of the older young people still like to attend youth centres in their area.

But if the youth centre has nothing planned for their specific age group they may start to disengage and even behave inappropriate.

They may cause trouble because they are bored, but this results in poor planning to engage that group.

As a youth worker it’s your role to make the Youth Centre engaging and enjoyable for the younger and older people who are attending.


Challenges of working with older young people



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The challenges that all youth workers face has to be knowing how to involve the older young people.

In many cases, younger people are easier to engage than the older groups, because they have probably already done projects that the younger group are doing, so they may no longer be interested.

Having older young people attend or vounteer can be very beneficial as they can act as a mentor to  younger members.


Listen to find out:

  • How to involve the older young people in your provision
  • How to balance catering to the needs of both older and younger members
  • How to reduce any potential issues with the older young people

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