I always believe in horoscopes; there is something about the way in which they describe life events, feelings, possibilities, even characteristics, that I feel I can connect to. As I assume everyone else who believes in them does so too. This Ideology Horoscope is one that I feel hit the nail on the head. Prior to finding the results of the test and seeing which ideology I was, I had pre-assumptions of what I might be. I assumed I would be in a category that involves empowering youth, and the concept of leading with. I intern now at Youth In Action and this is one of their many beliefs about youth. The key to me is to work with youth, empower them to be leaders so they can reach out to their communities and possibly beyond to make positive social change. I do not believe in just giving youth the skills and abilities to just function in society and blend in. I want to empower youth to be different, think outside the box, be bold, be confident, shoot for the stars, be the change the world needs, and most of all spread love and compassion.
So after adding up all my scores, I saw what boxes I fit into on the ideology horoscope. I was exactly half and half with positive youth development, and critical youth development.
I was not surprised by this. Those two rows encompass who I am as a youth worker, and how I see youth, families, and communities in the world. I truly believe in growth, and working with a strengths base theory. Everyone has a strength and can accomplish something, and giving someone confidence and power to know that, in my opinion, is the best thing you can do for an individual, and community. I feel as though those two rows also represent what my internship, YIA, is functioning for.