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History of Youth Work Conference 2014

Youthwork with Youth from Marginalized and Contested Communities

June 2–3, 2014, Minneapolis.

We invite all who are involved in the youthwork field to attend the Youthwork History Conference June 2-3, 2014, at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROCK) 2001 Plymouth Ave. North, Minneapolis.

This convening of scholars, practitioners, and community members seeks to ignite (and continue) a conversation to document and describe youthwork and youth programs found to be necessary and important to support young people who live in marginalized and contested communities to flourish.

In the United States, these communities have most often been created around race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income level, immigration, and ability. Both within the U.S. and internationally, these communities often endure structural, institutional, physical, and emotional violence. Therefore, contested and marginalized communities also describe young people who are living (forced to live) under challenging, alienating, and dehumanizing circumstances, for example homeless and sex trafficked young people.

Studying and learning about history provides a rich context for disclosing how communities have collaborated to support young people’s development even under hostile and oppressive conditions. History also can disclose how moral decisions and political choices converge to shape youthwork and youth programs, to prioritize specific outcomes, and at times to silence other practices and outcomes.

Over the duration of the two days, we invite scholars, practitioners, and community members to share (historical) research, tell stories, and personal experiences about youthwork approaches and youth programs that have been implemented to support young people living in marginalized and contested communities. By listening and responding to the stories, we hope to:

  1. Describe and document practices and programs that have (not) supported young people to fully flourish while living in and being a part of marginalized and contested communities;
  2. Elicit and cocreate themes describing worthwhile practices and programs to support young people living in and being a part of contested and marginalized communities;
  3. Deepen our understanding of power and inequality;
  4. Create a screen for evaluating current programs and practices based on historical promising practices;
  5. Explore and discuss what organization, community, city, and state level policies does history suggest are necessary to support and expand promising practices;
  6. Propose an action plan to disseminate what has been learned to audience beyond the conference.

Proposals are being accepted

We seek proposals from scholars, practitioners, and community members. The conference will emphasize conversation, with extended presentation times (60-75 minutes) to allow for a presentation (30 minutes) and extended conversation in small groups. At the end of each day, time will be provided for additional conversation in small groups about what participants learned across the presentations and small group conversations to build themes of understanding and formulate an action plan to share what we learned together.

Proposal can include:

For more information contact, Ross VeLure Roholt.