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Trust Games

trust can be built upon, this collection of exercises will help build trust.

Top 10 Productivity Tools for the busy youthworker

How productive are you?
i'm sure you do your best but imagine if you had tools to help? here is my top 11 tools i use to be productive in youth work and and the tools i share with youthworkers i mentor.

Google Drive (docs). its what i'm writing this on and i love it. its simple but has plugins if you want to expand it into an academic tool or need consistency checking. but out of the box its a great tool to write with and its right there in your browser the tool you use most on your computer right?
Drive has file storage and sharing tools too its genuinely my go to tool for writing and storage.

Depression and young people

Young People and Depression

Depression is a very real issue for young people as well as adults and affects about 25% of the population and a about 1 in 10 young people age 10 - 16 have a diagnosable with a serious mental health condition
youngminds say nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression so its not just you and there is help available.

young minds have published a bunch of great resources to get you started, but one step however difficult is to tell someone about how you feel and what is going on for you. this link takes you to the Young people section of the site young minds help sheets on depression, there are other resources so if its not depression but another illness its OK there is help for you too.

Accountability

Accountability

One of the best reasons for having a coach is so yo have someone to whom you can be accountable to.
Your coach will hold you to account about the things you agree, the accountability contract is yours, not your bosses, not a company or some external person, but yours.

When you say you will do something your coach will follow up and ask you did you do it?, how was it? Or why didnt you do it? Whats going on that stopped you?

Lost my password again!

I'm genuinely surrounded by people who can't remember passwords, they have so many and have been told by anyone with half a clue to make the password complicated.
The trouble is that means they are hard to remember especially if you have 20 or 30 passwords. sounds a lot? well think about it, email, social media, file sharing, news reader, shopping sites, your probably at 2 by now aren't you? and that's without phone apps.

Basic Project Planning 101

I wanted to write a basic intro to project planning but i found this which is super simple but gets the idea across very well.

Basic Project Plan from about.com
to develop a simple project plan you need a list of the tasks that need to be done , and understanding of the relationships between the tasks, and to know the priority of each task.

Planning projects: tools Trello

i created this Video the day before the website went down and i lost all my content! so i'm just getting round to putting it up.

Its a planning video, how to use Trello.com as a planning tool, for sessions, trips, house party's, anything you are planning. also you can invite others to its a team planning tool too! get it here my referral link i get a free month of gold user!
trello is free, but upgrading gets you some other features.

check out trello and the video and get planning.

Discussion Starters

78 Discussion starters, lets add some more! send yours in or tweet us @youthworker
1. Do you have a hero? Describe him or her.
2. Imagine a "best day ever." What kinds of things would you do?
3. If you could choose a vacation spot anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?
4. What's your favourite TV show? What do you like best about it?
5. What's your favourite movie? What do you like best about it?
6. Who's your favourite music artist or group? What makes you gravitate to him/her/them?
7. What's your favourite time of year–winter, spring, summer, or fall? Why?
8. What's your favourite food? Where's your favourite place to eat it?

nearly there

Im almost at a point where i can rest a day or 2 its been a hard slog but ive added most of the lost stuff, and ive been through archives and added stuff i had forgotten about.
so once i have the DNS sorted and both the urls pointed corectly i will be happy, currently youthworker.org.uk is working but youthworker.org isnt pointing at the domain. grr.

please let me know if ive got errors or you are missing something. search will be back soon as i can, for some reason its not showing up.. drupal is being mean to me.

youth work education

Education and training is often overlooked especially in small organisations and churches.
If you have a youth worker you should really make sure they have access to good solid youth work education and training its is the fundamental pillar of our profession.
if you are you worker bring your training needs to your supervision /line management meeting and provide solutions even if you have a diploma or degree you can always use some more training.

Self Image: Mask collage

Developed by myself and Michelle for sessions in a women's prison we were trying to explore the vast contrast between the young women we met and that which they portrayed to the guards and most other people.
Using a paper or plastic face mask (or if you are very creative make your own possibly during a session on relaxation and stress busting) and magazines cut out images and words that reflect how you think other people see you or what face you show to others, and decorate the outside of the mask, while you are doing this talk about how important it is to you that you are seen like this, and is this really you? find your own questions and observations that will help your young people explore this.

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