The Practice

Teaching and learning is characterised by small class sizes, a flexible curriculum that draws on individual interest and needs and a democratic pedagogical approach that encourages learner empowerment and autonomy. The philosophy of Youth+ has a clear commitment to social justice and stands in solidarity with disenfranchised people of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds.

This approach is centred in:

  • Operation by common ground principles
  • Emphasis on staff/young people relationships
  • Flexible pedagogy focused on individual young people’s needs
  • Relevant curriculum linked to State and National curriculum frameworks and nationally accredited vocational education and training courses.

Places of community and social inclusion

A key feature of Youth+ is the creation of educational environments of social inclusion. As Youth+ services are located in urban and rural areas of low socio-economic status these sites become important physical and social places for wider community engagement. Over time the sites become a focal point for communities to gather and develop a sense of self, leading to a greater level of participation in the local, state and national political agenda.

Workforce

Systemic workforce development and practices across the network are supported to ensure ongoing professional development, reflective practice and democratic participation in review and planning. Youth+ currently employs over 150 workers including teachers, youth workers, multimedia/music workers, outdoor education workers, education support workers, tuckshop convenors, groundspeople, chaplains, social workers, speech language pathologist, psychologist, sessional workers (e.g. music, mechanics, art) and administrative support workers.