Youthscape Essentials is a free 10-week training course for youth work volunteers. Launching as soon as it's safe to do so.
Unfortunately, our autumn pilot course has had to be postponed for a second time due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less committed to making it happen as soon as its safe to do so. If it’s something you would be interested in hearing more about, or if you have any questions, or suggestions, please contact Lillie.
All-round training for every volunteer youth leader.
Young people growing up in church need a safe space to grow in their faith. They’re living in a world where being a Christian makes them the odd one out and which is often critical and even hostile towards that faith. Youth work in churches can make all the difference in helping them find the confidence and support they need at the point where it would be easy to walk away.
Beyond the Church, young people in our communities are growing up in a world where there is hardly any opportunity to explore the big questions of life or get help with some of the pressures of being a teenager.
A hundred years ago, nearly 80% of teenagers were connected with a church where some of that could happen. Now it’s less than 3%. Lots of churches are wondering how they can do more with young people, but they don’t know where to start.
Helping to run any kind of youth work can be pretty intimidating. What kind of groups work? How do you help teenagers deal with some of the issues they’re facing and answer the questions they have? What kind of person is suitable to be a volunteer? What age do you have to be and what experience might you need?
THE GOOD NEWS IS, THE CHURCH NEEDS PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU.
Training and support are important for every volunteer, whatever your role. That’s why we’ve created Youthscape Essentials. It’s a free 10-week course for everyone who is helping with young people at their church. It’s also a perfect starting point for those thinking about getting involved.
Over 10 evenings, you’ll discover more about young people’s lives and experiences, learn new skills and deepen your own faith. It makes no assumptions about your age, your background, your experience or your confidence. Above all, young people want to meet adults who listen and care.
Youthscape Essentials is a safe and rewarding way to be able to do more for young people. Join us this summer as we learn together.
What's the course about?
1. INSIGHTS INTO YOUTH CULTURE
Key signposts into how today’s young people think, act and spend time.
2. SKILLS FOR YOUTH WORK
The practical basics of working with young people.
3. DEVELOPING YOURSELF
A chance to reflect on and explore your own life and faith.
Who's it for?
- help out on Sunday mornings when young people meet during the service
- run a confirmation or baptism class
- help organise a youth group for young people in the church or local community
- lead the work or help out occasionally
- tend to run sessions up front or provide support in the background
- are thinking about starting work with young people or becoming a volunteer
- just want to know more about how to help young people
then Youthscape Essentials is for you.
Pilot course 2020
Unfortunately, our pilot course has had to be postponed for a second time due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less committed to making it happen as soon as its safe to do so. If it’s something you would be interested in hearing more about, or if you have any questions, or suggestions, please contact Lillie.