Involving and empowering young people is the key to the success of a youth club.
- Ask them what they want.
- Get them to help you to do it.
By giving young people responsibility for decisions and by directly involving them in the planning and running of the club, you'll create an environment in which they feel confident, secure and valued; there'll be an atmosphere of ownership and trust.
There are various ways that young people can be directly involved; these include:
- Research e.g. talking to peers and other club users about the youth club and its aims and objectives.
- Day-to-day running of the club.
- Design – of the club itself or of promotional material.
- Promotion and marketing e.g. talking to peers and encouraging them to get involved.
Another crucial group that you will need to attract are volunteers.
You will need proper adult supervision in order to open a youth club and then you will need plenty of volunteers to ensure that it stays open, and that it can offer all the activities and programmes that you are planning.
Think about how many and what type of volunteers you need and where you might find them.
You also need to think about how you are going to look after them - volunteers must always be given very clear roles and responsibilities so that that they know what is expected of them.
It is also important never to take their help for granted – remember to say thank you.
Step 2. Worksheet and things to do.