Political Partisanship Not an Issue for Youth Intervention

Political partisanship is most frequently blamed for legislative gridlock at both the national and state level. It’s frustrating for all of us when we know so much needs to be done. After living through another MN state legislative session, what I experienced is that Youth Intervention rises above this increasing tendency to place loyalty to party politics over service to …

Youth Workers Are Natural Agents of Reform

With the political season in full swing already, it is clear that people are seeking reform. No other explanation can be given when you consider the popularity of Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. This political environment is a golden ticket for those of us in Youth Intervention. With a growing political movement clamoring for radical reform, now is …

How To Advocate For Young People

It’s a youth worker’s job to advocate for young people. When I first entered the Youth Intervention field in the early 1990s, there were many more funding resources for youth-serving programs than there are today. It was enough for me, as a youth worker, to focus just on directly working with young people. But today there simply aren’t enough financial …