My ABSOLUTEEEE passion for Youth Work is working with youth on life and community skills. Having them become actively involved in the politics, and family contexts of their community. I feel it is just as, if not more, important to work on life skills with youth at any age. School should not only be giving children an education, but actually talking about the reality of life outside of the text book. I grew up in a community where I was involved in school politics, and knew about the changes and issues with my community that needed attention. Families and youth in my community are always actively involved in it, and making sure that our community is being served correctly. In inner-city areas, there can be a disconnect between the state and people. So using the Youth to close that gap for the next generations is key to having those communities, and people in them, grow positively and become successful.
After watching the videos on the Resilient Kids program, I feel completely aligned with their mission and vision. They set out to teach important life skills inside of the classroom, which in turn lowered the bad behavior rates in school by 50%! Giving youth the real tools and skills they need to be successful not only on a test or quiz, but in real life situations has worked about amazing for many of the schools that have implemented Resilient Kids in their classrooms. I believe Resilient Kids should be mandatory for all schools across the nation. I hope everyday as a future youth worker, that I can reach youth as effectively as Resilient Kids has. They are providing students with resilience to spring back into a positive place when they are in negative situations, and giving them tools to fight through the darkness to find (or make) the light.
I hope to one day take this programs idea and push it even farther into fixing the actual system itself, so that the amount of negativity certain marginalized youth have to deal with is cut in half or completely ceased.