Exploring youth engagement in a digital age
27th November - Algate east, London
There are positive and negative aspects to social media – but whatever our views - young people are in those social media spaces and we as youth practitioners need to understand this online environment.
Social media are part of young people’s everyday lives (Facebook, messenger, bebo etc). As practitioners, and managers of practitioners working with young people how should we respond to this?
Should we ignore the technology and play safe by keeping to old means of communication?
Should we embrace the technology and become virtual youth practitioners? What are the ethics and the practicalities involved with online youth work? Which methods should we use?
What are the risks and benefits?
All these questions and more are the reason that we have commissioned this new innovative training to explore this pressing topic.
Learn how young people use social media; explore how new social media approaches to engage with young people could be used within your practice/organisation; develop practical skills in the use of social media tools (the afternoon session will be dedicated to getting ‘hands –on experience’; identify practical ways to support young people to be safe online; and find ways of applying your professionals skills and values to new digital environments.
Katie Bacon is qualified Youth Worker with over 13 years’ experience of working with a wide range of hard to reach and vulnerable young people across a variety of settings, i.e. youth centres, schools, detached youth work, prisons and community venues.? She is the Director of Online Youth Outreach & has I researched, consulted and developed online youth engagement and marketing tools to engage, inspire and raise young people's aspirations to access online youth support services, employment and training opportunities. She has designed and delivered a wide range of training courses. Katie chairs and manage an online forum called ‘Youth Work Online’ with a membership of over 1,000 youth professionals.
Katie is currently writing a comprehensive Social Media book for Youth Professionals and Teachers
Cost: £98 per person (no VAT charged)
How to join:
Please book online http://www.15billion.org/training-directory/dir/listing/56/
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