Working with young people

Working with young people can be a tough road.

They don’t always follow the best path, and one step forward can turn into two steps back.

As a school chaplain or youth worker, if you’re going to stay in this game, you have to be deliberate. Making time to equip yourself with new skills and knowledge and reflect on the work you do.

It’s about thriving, not just surviving.

I’ve put 15 of my best articles together in one book. There’s heaps of practical actions you can take to ensure your work with young people thrives.

And the best thing is, it’s completely free.

The master class

Why your group’s not working

A triage process for youth work

Ditching the “king of the kids” tag

Self-care for a weary spirit

Making sense of a bad day

How to review your programs

What Tweens2teen does

The goal of this website is to be the contemporary voice on living and working with young people.

It’s not just my thoughts on Tweens2teen though. I set aside time every week to learn more about young people. Diving into the stats and research to see what matters to them and what we can do to make a difference.

Apart from the articles and free resources you’ll find on here, you might also like to join my monthly webinars for youth workers where we take a closer look at one area of youth work. They too are completely free!



Little things that make a big difference to the mental health of young people

Youth mental health is a big issue, but for parents, youth workers, families and friends, the little things you say and do can make the biggest difference.

Managing mental health in the last year of school

Finishing school carries a lot of stress for teenagers. Where they’ve had some depression, anxiety or other mental ill-health, Year 12 can be too much.

Making self-care work: 10 things you can do right now

What started as a weight loss goal became a journey of self-care. 20kg later, and its not just my body that’s changed, but my whole life.

The simple guide to beating burnout

Burnout is part of the job in the helping professions. School chaplains and youth workers need to be vigilant in spotting the signs.

40 coping skills for stressed out adults

Coping skills are those things we do to manage stress and anxiety. Sometimes they help us and sometimes they don’t. The trick is to find strategies that not only help you cope with a crisis, but carry you to through it as well.

Making the most of a midlife crisis

A midlife crisis sounds like a rite of passage, about the time we face the emptying nest and menopause. But there are points in life when circumstances force us to look deeper at what we do with our time, energy and money. And rather than having a crisis, it might be time to pivot.

5 things that will strangle your passion in youth work

Youth work is the outworking of a passion or “why”. But if you don’t deal with the five dangers lurking in the workplace, you might lose it.

Other topics on Tweens2teen

Life with teens

Teenagers requires a new set of skills of the adults in their life. It’s more about how you do things than what you do. And the same goes for your words. Start here, if you need some fresh ideas.

Starting as a school chaplain

It all starts somewhere. If you’re new to chaplaincy and would like to get a better grasp of the skills and knowledge that can make a difference to the lives of children and teenagers, click here.

Encountering tweens

It’s now recognised that the move from childhood to adolescence is a process in itself. That’s the tween stage. If you’re not sure how to navigate the changes yourself, these articles could be just what you need.

Is there something you’re stuck with in your youth work journey?


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