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!



6 mistakes that will lead to burnout in youth work

Burnout is a risk for all youth workers and school chaplains. It’s one of the main reasons that people leave the profession.

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Talking to kids about the London terrorism attack

The terrorism attack in London may have children asking questions parents find difficult to answer. Here’s how to keep the fear at bay.

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Children’s ministry insights for 2017

A collection of resources from three presentations at the Ignite Children’s Ministry Conference.

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How to leave a youth work job well

If you’re a youth worker and you’ve just quit or been made redundant, here’s a plan to leave your job well.

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Free professional development ideas for youth workers

Most youth work jobs involve doing professional development.Here’s how to find quality training as a youth worker, that doesn’t cost a bomb.

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Why kids need a positive mindset

One of the most important gifts we can give our children and teenagers is a positive mindset. One built on optimism and hope.

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40 coping skills for when kids get stressed

How a child reacts to stress or anxiety will determine if they’ll overcome it or get stuck. That’s where coping skills and resilience come in.

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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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