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A day in the life of a Youth Engagement Worker

Hi, I'm Martin, a Youth Engagement Team Leader.

As well as working in Glasgow, I also grew up here. I know how important it is for a wide range of youth opportunities to be provided, to include those young people who do not typically engage in traditional youth work settings - I was one of those young people.

Our teams talk to young people in their own area, walking the streets to locate and engage with them. When we approach them, 9 times out of 10, they are bored and have nothing to do, so this boredom leads them to 'hang about' the streets.

In my opinion, the answer to most of the issues facing young people while hanging around, whether they are involved in antisocial behaviour or underage drinking, is to engage them in structured activity with a zero tolerance approach to any kind of criminality. All young people want to feel safe and part of an activity.

Our programme of engagement has proven very effective over the years. The work we do helps young people build trust with those making every effort to engage with them, which in turn provides a positive outcome for the young people.

We help around 5,000 young people each year engage in local sports events, youth forums, employability and training programmes. We also work to help them feel part of their local community.

My viewpoint is that we are at the forefront of recognising the needs of young people and ensuring that they feel safe in their community so far as is practical.

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