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.
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.
In this issue:
The Northstar Fellowship
Each link houses up to a dozen practitioner written articles with a variety of viewpoints on the topic.
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
2015-16 Looking Back to Move Forward
In this E-Study: Deliberately Developmental Youth Worker Supervision Module, by Angel Peluso
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 YouthToday.org 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.