Posted: Thursday 27th July 2017
“There aren’t many careers where you reap so many rewards from the direct work you do,” said Kips, a Youth Work Team Leader.
Kips joined YC Hertfordshire over six years ago and has been involved in youth work for 15 years, working with young people in Three Rivers and leading a team to deliver youth work programmes and projects.
“I love that every day is different and unpredictable. I get to work with fantastic colleagues and incredibly talented, unique, caring and funny young people – each with their own needs and challenges that YC Hertfordshire youth workers are skilled, experienced and qualified at addressing,” he said.
“On a regular basis I witness first-hand the impact my team has had on so many young people in Hertfordshire. I’m at that lucky stage in my career where I hear from previous young people I worked with, who wish to pass on their thanks and let me know what they are doing now.
“Sometimes it’s just a small thing, to say “thank you for believing in me when no one else would” and other times it’s to say that without the service the team provided they wouldn’t be where they are now.”
Part of Hertfordshire County Council, YC Hertfordshire has a wide range of youth work projects and programmes across the county in which vulnerable young people who would benefit are encouraged to get involved.
Through these projects they meet new people, learn new skills and take part in challenging opportunities. They are encouraged to develop their personal and social skills through participation in a range of programmes including sports, drama, dance, music, workshops, outdoor education, DofE, forums, residentials and volunteering.
Lots of Hertfordshire 15-17 year olds are currently in the middle of their National Citizen Service programme having a rewarding time with their peers trying new things.
The programme involves the groups getting together to design, plan and deliver a social action project that makes a real difference to where they live. Look out for more information when this finishes about what they have been able to achieve.
Last year YC Hertfordshire delivered an average of 244 targeted youth work sessions per week and over 15,500 individual young people were engaging in youth work projects and programmes.
YC Hertfordshire also provides information, advice, guidance and work related learning for young people aged 13-19 (to 24 for young people with learning disabilities). For young people leaving care, support is provided to the age of 21.
To find out more about the services YC Hertfordshire provides, visit www.ychertfordshire.org
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