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Detached Youth Work in the North
As part of the agency’s commitment to Community and Outreach work, through its regional youth work services, youth workers have been visiting the streets of St. Paul’s Bay.

Detached youth workers reach out to young people within their own space, engage in conversations and gather information about their different needs so that the necessary actions to satisfy those needs can be taken.

From January to March 2022, youth workers started the mapping process, to scan and observe the locality and become a familiar face to the young people of the area before engagement attempts. Youth workers have engaged with other community stakeholders like the local council, youth groups, St Paul’s Bay Parish, schools, and community police to expand their knowledge of the culture and the needs of young people in the area, potentially even resulting in joint projects.
After the mapping process, youth workers started engaging with young people twice a week on Thursdays and Fridays. When on the streets, youth workers are recognisable from their Aġenzija Żgħażagħ attire. Interactions vary in nature; from informal chats and unplanned sports engagement to structured projects like clean-ups and football tournaments. So far the young people in Bugibba have proposed more open spaces with green areas, a maintained and updated skatepark, and also wish to be involved in the community through artistic means.
In intertwining the agency’s services such as school-based youth work, visits at the Naxxar Middle School introduced St. Paul’s Bay residents to the North youth workers, resulting in a stronger bond being formed between the two.
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