ERIC Number: ED216835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
"What Do I Do When I've Unlocked the Door and Turned the Lights On?"
Akehurst, Michael D.
Youth clubs can counter the many social changes taking place in Britain which have led in recent decades to disadvantagement for rural young people. At 2%, the British agricultural work force is the lowest in the world, unemployment is particularly high in rural areas, public transport continues to fall at 1% per year, and centralisation of resources often makes resources unavailable. Rural youth do not do well in exams or stay long at school. Rural wages are generally low and expenses high. Government has poured millions into inner city renewal, to the detriment of other areas. Open space is consistently eroded by farming methods. Youth clubs offer opportunity for social and political education, leisure-sport-recreation, self development in relation to others, and counselling. For experiences to be most meaningful, youth leaders need to look at environment (making the meeting hall more effective and attractive), premises (is it always necessary to meet in the hall?) and what to do (generate a programme giving opportunities for people to do things). If youth organizations are to help young people develop into responsible adults, then young people need to practice decision making in their clubs and learn how to get involved in village life and concerns. (BRR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Youth Clubs, Leicester (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain; Isolation (Geographic)