Christmas present ideas for a youth worker.

Christmas present ideas for an Ultimate Youth Worker

Twas the week before Christmas and if your like me, your wondering what to get for some of your youth work family. It needs to be something to help them grow. Something witty. Something that won’t break the bank. We believe that one of the best Christmas present ideas are one that extends our knowledge and our practice… A book. Developing your professional self is one of our pillars of practice and we believe that reading is one of the easiest and most cost effective professional development activities a person can engage with.

A good book for a youth worker is one that is well researched, has been peer reviewed and is able to develop new skills or understanding. It might not necessarily be a youth work specific book. It might be on management, on productivity or on neurology. It may be from a youth worker or a consultant, an academic or and economist. You never know who will build your knowledge! A good book is one of those great Christmas present ideas.

But which book shall you send to your colleague, boss or trusted staff member. There are literally thousands of books on working with young people, It can be hard to choose. For a good framework for choosing the right book for a youth workers professional development check this out. Whatever book you choose make sure it is one you would want to read yourself… that way you can borrow it later 🙂 Just remember that the best Christmas present idea is one that shows you care.

Here are a few of our favourite book ideas for this year. It is not an exhaustive list but it is definitely a list of books we have on our shelf. Whether you are a frontline worker, a team leader or a manager there is a book here for you. Feel free to take one or more of them!

Any book you buy helps fund us to keep this blog going 🙂

Aaron Garth

Aaron Garth is the Executive Director of Ultimate Youth Worker. Aaron has worked as a youth worker in a number of settings including local church, street drug and alcohol outreach, family services, residential care, local government and youth homelessness since 2003. Aaron is a regular speaker at camps, retreats, & youth work training events and is a dedicated to seeing a more professional youth sector in Australia. Aaron is a graduate of RMIT University and an alumnus of their youth work program. He lives in Melbourne with his wife Jennifer & their daughters Hope, Zoe, Esther, Niamh and son Ezra.

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