Re-imagining Youth Work through an Equity Lens
Torie Weiston-Serdan and Morgen Campbell
Feb. 19, 2018
How can a critical perspective improve youth work? Marginalized youth deserve equitable access to meaningful youth development experiences, but many of us are unsure of how to effectively meet their needs. We can be slow to recognize that the shifting landscape of youth work requires bold and sweeping action. We need to think about youth work in innovative ways that include critical analysis of how race, gender, class and sexuality relate to our programming, goals and outcomes. Self-work, including equity and diversity training, is necessary to transform youth work.
This symposium offers:
- a framework for critical youth work
- practical ways for organizations to do youth-centric work that liberates without marginalizing
Scholar-activist and practitioner Torie Weiston-Serdan and youth co-facilitator and musician Morgen Campbell will lead us in a discussion of race theory, exploration of cultural competence and intersectionality, and a critical mapping activity. They will also guide strategy-building and action steps that we can immediately apply to our specific youth work contexts.