Youth Worker Publications

Hey Youth Worker!

You have valuable experiences every day in your practice that could help researchers and policy makers better understand and improve our field.

This section is devoted completely to practitioner publications- meaning youth workers like you who have written about their experiences and shared their knowledge for the betterment of the field. Some are even paid through fellowships like the Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship or the Northstar Youth Worker Fellowship in Minnesota.

There are also publications that publish practitioner research, such as the Afterschool Matters Journal and the Journal of Youth Development.  Check out my blog post on JYD editor Kate Walker’s Top 10 things you need to know about the Journal of Youth Development for ways to get engaged!

Want to get your feet wet? Submit a blog post for this site! Credit will be given and also loads of supportive praise! 😉

Enjoy the articles highlighted below and know that there are many more than what are posted here, which can be found by searching through the journals above and the University of MN Extension Youth Development Insight blog.

The Publications:

Many articles highlighted here are by myself and colleagues who write about workplace culture, supervisory issues, social justice youth work, public health and policy, and other topics related to MMM. There are many, many more about all types of topics.

Journal of Youth Development

Vol 12, No 1 (2017): Special Issue on Practitioner Inquiry

This special issue bridges the research-practice divide with scholarship produced by and for youth work practitioners. 

In this issue:

Building Blocks of Professionalism: Values, Principles, and Ethics in Youth Work, Deena M. Zubulake

Practice What We Preach: Supervisory Practice for Youth Worker Professional Development, Angel Peluso


The Northstar Fellowship

Each link houses up to a dozen practitioner written articles with a variety of viewpoints on the topic. 

2012-13 Reflections on Youth Centered Practice in MN

In this issue: ALL of these papers are FANTASTIC. Critical views on youth work as an industry in Minnesota by practitioners who are very involved in the field at large. IF YOU READ ANY- READ THESE!

Direct link to my contribution because I have it handy:  Youth Worker Values and Approaches, by Angel Peluso

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2012-2013 Fellowship Papers

2013-14 Reflections on Autonomy and Authority

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2014-15 Examining Rights-Based Approaches to Youth Work

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2015-16 Looking Back to Move Forward

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Northstar is now taking this to the next level and making practitioner-created modules for policy educators to learn and teach about our work through our experience! INTERACTIVE! Check it out!

The Hubert Project E-Study by The Northstar Youth Worker Fellowship

2016 A Human Rights-Based Approach to Youth Work


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In this E-Study: Deliberately Developmental Youth Worker Supervision Module, by Angel Peluso

The Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship

A well written overview of how the ASM fellowships work and how they are valuable to practitioners, and the field at large.

A few early fellowship papers that were published in the ASM Journal can be found on the website for the Robert Bowne Foundation, one of the leading funders of youth work field investments.

If you need help with editing your writing, contact Jan Gallagher. She was one of the facilitators for our National ASM Level II Fellowship writing retreat in 2014 and also helped me edit my papers for the Journal of Youth Development in 2017. She’s great. Check out a sample of her editing for the Afterschool Matters Journal, and her website.

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