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Locating Quality in Work with Young People: Valuing Youth Organisations

Youth organisations exist in the experiences which empower young people to reach their potential as they craft their own futures. The process of locating quality in these experiences is about inspiring confidence, nurturing leadership, and providing platforms for young people’s voices to be heard. Youth organisations provide safe spaces for young people to express themselves, learn new skills, and develop a strong sense of self. Youth organisations embracing quality embody values like inclusivity, integrity, and respect. This empowerment translates into confident individuals who contribute positively to their communities.

The work of youth organisations can be considered as a training ground for life: youth organisations skilfully incorporate programs that teach practical abilities such as teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking. These skills equip young individuals with tools they can carry forward into their education, careers, and personal lives.

One of the remarkable aspects of youth organizations that value quality is their commitment to accessibility and inclusivity. Regardless of background, ability, or identity, every young person is welcomed and valued. This diversity enriches the experiences of all involved, fostering understanding and breaking down societal barriers.

Locating quality in work with young people extends beyond reaching out to the individual to create responsible citizens. Youth organizations often initiate community service projects, environmental initiatives, and advocacy campaigns. By engaging with broader societal issues, these organizations cultivate a sense of responsibility and social consciousness among young people.

Following the 2nd national conference Rethinking Youth Organisations: Locating Quality in Work with Young People, held on the 22nd April 2023, Agenzija Zghazagh has been developing a Quality Label which seeks to promote the commitment of youth organizations to excellence. This label will serve as both a self-assessment tool and a validation of the impactful work by youth organisations. Setting up the awards framework as a tiered process: Foundation, Silver, and Gold, it will acknowledge the diverse efforts of organizations while providing a structured path for growth and development. While this work is mandated by Strategy 6 of the National Youth Policy Toward 2030: Reaching out to, working with, and supporting young people; this process will enter a phase of consultation with youth organisations upon publication of the draft framework at the end of this year.

Youth organisations don’t just nurture talents; they instill values, ignite aspirations, and foster a sense of belonging. The process of locating quality in the work of youth organisations is unconditionally linked with the recognition of the invaluable contributions of these organizations towards equipping young people with the tools they need to shape a better world.

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