Things You Need to Know as a Community Youth Worker – is a practical booklet offering some foundational skills and thoughts about community-based youth work. Created by front-line staff from Edmonton Youth Unlimited, this little booklet will guide you into engaging with young people in ways that are both impactful and life-giving … for you and the teens. Download the Electronic Version -Things you need to know as a community youth worker here or the Printable Version – Things you need to know as a community youth worker to pass on to your volunteers.
MORE Online Training Resources:
Fuller Youth Institute – has excellent training resources to equip the urban youth worker. Although written from an American context, there is a wealth of information on this site, addressing everything form using hip hop culture in ministry to self-care in the middle of chronic crisis ministry.
Canadian Youth Worker – is a group that provides provocative insights, relevant ideas, current trends and reviews of resources for Youth Workers across Canada. Check out their regular blog for great resources and helpful practical soul-care ideas for the volunteer or career youth worker.
Youth Ministry 360 – provides a training blog with archived resources that provide information for the faith-based youth worker. Most of the training topics are from the context of church youth work, but many of the discipleship concepts can be transferred to community youth work.
ProjectYM – focuses on youth ministry within Catholic parishes and offers so solid content for connecting youth to spiritual practices. This page has number of instructional and inspirational videos.
Other Training Ideas:
Lifeteams School – offers an 8 1/2 month training school, preparing young adults work with high risk youth from a faith-based perspective.
The following Bible Colleges work in partnership with Lifeteams School to provide a specialized youth work degree, allowing students to include this one year of hands-on training in community youth work in their degree program:
Briercrest College (Saskatchewan)
Columbia Bible College (B.C.)
Ambrose University College (Alberta)
Prairie Bible Institute (Alberta)