ERIC Number: ED450915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Work: More Than Child's Play. A Report from the Field.
Indiana Youth Inst., Indianapolis.
Noting that America's need for youth services is at an all-time high, this study surveyed frontline youth workers and youth organization directors in Indiana to determine their needs and how those needs were being met. Focus groups with youth workers were also conducted. Key findings are as follows: (1) though 75 percent are college graduates, nearly 7 out of 10 full-time youth workers earn less than $30,000, and more than 20 percent report salaries under $20,000; (2) while 44 percent are their families' primary wage earners, close to 40 percent have no retirement plan; (3) youth workers spend only 25-50 percent of their time in direct service to youth; an increasing workload of administrative tasks--including fund raising, strategic planning, and volunteer recruitment--diverts their time; (4) less than half of frontline youth workers have access to the Internet; (5) youth workers say that many parents do not understand the value of positive youth development and often treat them more like babysitters than professionals; and (6) 45 percent say they may leave the youth work field within 5 years. Several recommendations were devised to address these issues. (EV)
Descriptors: Community Role, Employer Attitudes, Needs Assessment, Social Agencies, Social Workers, Surveys, Work Environment, Youth Agencies
Indiana Youth Institute, 3901 North Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4046; Tel: 800-343-7060 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.iyi.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Youth Inst., Indianapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana