Owning the Job:

  • Quinn Wilder Youth Work Learning Center, School of Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Keywords: youth work, youth worker, meaning-making, ownership, effectiveness


Themes derived from conversations with three youth workers suggest that some youth workers experience a moment in their careers in which they come to believe that without them, their program would not have significant meaningful purpose for the youth participants. The fol­lowing themes contributing to this experience were generated from the conversations: having a personal philosophy of what young people need; having knowledge of resources and experiences that may be personal and/or professional; perceiving organizational alignment with one's own philosophy; and perceiving organizational support and resources for creating desired program outcomes. It is suggested that efforts to create meaningful outcomes for youth through youth programs may be more fruitful if there is a focus on developing youth workers' sense of ownership of the programs in which they work.
How to Cite
Wilder, Q. . (2005). Owning the Job: . Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 20, 128–134. Retrieved from http://acycpjournal.pitt.edu/ojs/jcycw/article/view/408