by Rob White
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.3, p.9.
A Youth Studies Australia anthology for youth workers
The inspiration and exasperation experienced by youth workers, over the last two decades in particular, has been captured in the many articles published in Youth Studies Australia [YSA].
Some of us closely associated with the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies believe that this wealth of experience and expertise shouldn?t be consigned to the role of archival material. We feel that it needs to be actively tapped into in ways that will again bring it to the fore. ACYS Publishing, therefore, is currently in the process of compiling a three-volume series titled Doing youth work in Australia,
which will feature the ?best of? all Youth Studies Australia articles. Youth work in Australia has a long and generally distinguished reputation. It also has a history of innovation, passion and practical relevance as issues, old and new, present themselves to workers and to those with whom they work ? young people.
In preparing this three-volume series, we carefully reviewed over 20 years of journal contributions and liaised with youth work lecturers in three different states. From literally hundreds of articles, we selected approximately 120 that we felt would be the most useful and relevant, and of practical significance, to youth workers doing youth work in Australia today.
In the three volumes ? Concepts and methods of youth work, Youth work and youth issues, and Youth work and social diversity ? we cover a comprehensive range of issues. The material in these volumes reflects the experience and thoughtful reflections of people actively engaged in youth work practice, youth affairs policy and youth research generally, as well as the wisdom of those no longer here (having left the field, retired or moved on to something else in their lives). The fact that some of the articles were written over a decade ago testifies to the continuing relevance and importance of certain issues.
What becomes clear very quickly in this material is that there is an intrinsic interconnection of issues, and that good youth work demands a holistic approach to the total person.