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Youth Studies Australia,
v.24, n.4, December 2005

Youth Monitor
Book Review
Youth Initiatives

Why employ qualified youth workers?
by Judith Bessant

Youth Studies Australia, v.24, n.4, 2005, pp. 9-13

Young people are the specified clients of many of those employed in community services, in both government and non-government agencies. Many of these employees, however, do not have formal qualifications in youth work. In this article, Judith Bessant explains both why young people qualify as a defined population sector with distinct service needs, and how, through sepcialised education and training, youth workers are better able to serve this sector than are employees without youth work training.


Dance classes, youth cultures and public health
by Rachel Fensham and Sally Gardner

Youth Studies Australia, v.24, n.4, 2005, pp. 14-20

Young people's dancing, in association with popular music cultures, has been the focus of a considerable amount of research. However, less attention has been paid to adolescents' and young adults' involvement in structured dancing experiences. This paper explores, in a preliminary way, some of the issues that make dance class participation both an undervalued and, at the same time, significant aspect of contemporary youth cultures with the potential to give new direction to public health initiatives.

Social capital: A rural youth perspective
by Jenny Onyx, Craig Wood, Paul Bullen and Lynelle Osburn

Youth Studies Australia, v.24, n.4, 2005, pp. 21-27

Social capital is often seen as a form of community capacity building. Little is known about how it is used by or impacts on young people. This study reports on a project in which rural young people identified relevant items for a social capital scale, and administered a questionnaire concerning social capital and other social issues. The study revealed that there are important differences in the meaning of social capital among young people.

"I am a good driver": Young people's constructions of themselves as road users
by Malcolm Vick

Youth Studies Australia, v.24, n.4, 2005, pp. 28-33

Young people, especially young men, are a key target of a range of safe-driving social marketing campaigns. Yet they continue to be overrepresented as drivers in road crashes. Interviews with a small sample of young drivers show that they understand driving in terms of skill, judgment and carefulness, but focus on skill. Despite their own evidence that they often drive dangerously, they represent themselves as good drivers, in part by using skill rather than care as the crucial criterion. This enables them to ignore the implications of both their 'occasional lapses' and 'drive safety' messages.

The Rock and Water program: Empowering youth workers and clients
by Ivan Raymond

Youth Studies Australia, v.24, n.4, 2005, pp. 34-39

An innovative and increasingly popular youth development program, titled Rock and Water, was recently trialled in the South Australian residential care system. This article provides a general outline of the program and details a case study involving a group 10 boys in care, aged between 11 and 15 years. A range of qualitative and quantitative data is tabled that provides preliminary evidence for the program's 'empowering effects' for both participants and youth workers involved with the program. These outcomes are discussed in relation to their contextual importance for the residential care system, areas of ongoing improvement and future directions.

Mentoring 1: Whitelion individualised mentoring and employment program
by Alistair Lemmon

Youth Studies Australia, v.24, n.4, 2005, pp. 40-44

Using a 'what works' framework and highly individualised case plans, Whitelion matches young people with adult mentors and creates openings in the workplace that would ordinarily be inaccessible to young people with substance abuse backgrounds, criminal records and limited educational qualifications. This paper provides a detailed account of individualised programs in a series of three case studies.

Mentoring 2: A program for 'at risk' Indigenous youth
by Glenn Dawes and Christine Dawes

Youth Studies Australia, v.24, n.4, 2005, pp. 45-49

In a youth detention centre in Queensland, a mentoring program has been designed to meet the needs of the predominantly Indigenous, male population. This article describes the philosophy of the program, and outlines its role in the reintegration of these 'at risk' young people into their communities.

Young carers and education: Identifying the barriers to satisfactory education for young carers
by Tim Moore

Youth Studies Australia, v.24, n.4, 2005, pp. 50-55

As a consequence of the deinstitutionalisation of people with disabilities and the ageing of the population in the past 25 years, the number of young people fulfilling the role of carer for a relative has increased. The difficulties faced by young carers are considerable, not the least of which is their unequal access to a satisfactory education. This paper discusses the sociopolitical, ideological and practical barriers that prevent young carers from achieving their potential in the education system, and suggests some reforms that would improve outcomes for these young people.