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What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of being a youth mentor in an informal setting Evaluate with reference to two examplesCriteriathe issues described are critically and reflexively discussed it draws on an appropriate theoretical framework to underpin and support the analysisthe issues are located in relation to the wider social economic historical and political context it makes links to wider educational and social policy issuesin addition to the in depth examples is supported by a range of academic literature including reports journal articles and book chapters used on the module and on the further reading listexamine the difference between informal and formal youth settings questions 1-3In the modern society it is ever more crucial to focus more attentively on the young generation as they are at the heart of the present and forthcoming future endeavours within the contemporary world thus providing young people with support and guidance is vital Sapin 2009 Within the mainstream literature it has been acknowledged by various researchers that youth mentoring is a key tool for providing this support and guidance Sapin 2013 Coussee et al 2012 Verschelden et al 2009 Furthermore youth mentoring provides a platform for the improvement of professional skills enhancement of self-esteem and the development of educational competence However although youth mentoring is beneficial there may also be a few negatives associated with this concept Hence the purpose of this essay is to critically examine the importance of youth mentoring as well as evaluating the positives and negatives of being a youth mentor within community youth clubs and detached settings It will briefly explain the history of youth mentoring by associating social and educational policies in general that support youth mentoring To conclude it will analyse the overall success of informal youth mentoring and suggest ways to improve thisAs youth work is seen as a practice that makes at-risk or socially excluded young people visible in society as a distinct group with their own
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