Youth Work Resources

A collection of youth work resources including session plans, projects, and creative ideas.

Reflection: Responding to Tragedy

There are moments in life where you remember exactly where you were when news of great suffering breaks. Today’s events in Brussels brought back memories of the Paris attacks and how the indiscriminate acts of terror in the French...

Privilege Object Lesson

This is a simple, powerful exercise to teach your group about privilege and how God wants us to use our talents, gifts and energy to help those who don’t have the same opportunities as we do. Set up chairs...

Reflection: It’s not a box

A few weeks ago I was at my godson’s birthday party. He just turned 4! I watched him as he opened his all the presents.  He’d pick a gift – eagerly tear off all the paper and excitedly play...

Anger Management Guide

I stumbled on this Anger Management guide from Moodjuice – it could be adapted to use with group of young people or used in mentoring work.  I’ve found the worksheets and sections on patterns of thinking particularly helpful in exploring...

Girls Session: Friendship and Masks

Girls Session – Friendship and Masks Session looking at friendship and the masks we wear. How well do you know your friends? What kind of friend are you? What makes for genuine friendship? Game – Knowing Me Knowing You...

Girls Session – Emotions

Girls’ Session – Emotions Session looking at emotions; what they are, how we recognise them, and how we react to different situations. Secret Emotions Each person is given a ‘secret’ emotion to adopt for the next five minutes. Ask...

Girls Session: Worth and Identity

Girls’ Session –Worth and Identity Session will look at our Worth and Identity – what shapes and influences us. Session will also look at the issue of self-worth and how we see ourselves. Raft Game  Read out the instructions at...

Training: What is Youth Work?

What is Youth Work? “Youth work helps young people learn about themselves, others and society through activities that combine enjoyment, challenge, learning and achievement. It is a developmental process that starts in places and at times when young people...

Training: Looking to the Future

Training: Looking to the Future This was a session I led recently with our Kirk Session and Board as part of a retreat we had. We also invited some of our young people to take part in the discussion...

Stress Toolkit for Children and Young People

Stress Toolkit for Children and Young People Stress is a natural part of every young person’s life. Stress is any change, internal or external, positive or negative, to which a young person must adapt; simply, stress is anything that...

Icebreakers and Energisers

A collection of icebreakers and energisers ideal for youth groups or training events. PASS THE ENERGY Participants stand or sit in a circle, hold hands and silently concentrate. The facilitator sends a series of ‘pulses’ both ways round the...

Ideas: Youth Group Games

A collection of youth group games suitable for  groups both large and small. Can be used as icebreakers or as stand alone games. Grog You take apart a torch and hide the parts throughout the play area. One kid is...

Photography Project Ideas

If you’re looking for a few ideas to begin involving children and young people in photography more, here are six creative photography projects and ideas to get you started. 1) Photo Collages Turn your photos into a hands-on project!...

Film Resources

Movies are not only a great way to bring the community together but they are useful in exploring issue based work with children and young people. I stumbled across a great resource at www.intofilm.org Definitely worth exploring if you’re...

Activity: Moral Dilemma

Moral Dilemma Scenario In Europe, a woman was near death from cancer. One drug might save her, a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The druggist was charging $2,000, ten times what...

Youth Photo Treasure Hunt

This is a simple check list that could be used for a group photo treasure hunt. We used it with our boys’ group. Many of them had recently been displaced from their homes by the housing department and it...

Group Builder Games and Activities

Around the world   The leader begins by saying the name of any country, city, river, ocean or mountain that can be found in an atlas. The young person next to him must then say another name that begins...

Another collection of Icebreakers

Following on from Huge Collections of Icebreakers post here is another large collection of icebreakers that can be used with children and youth groups. Fact or fiction? Ask everyone to write on a piece of paper THREE things about...

Coming Out Snakes and Ladders

Coming Out Snakes and Ladders Resources Coming Out Info Sheet Game Board and Identity Cards Some considerations This exercise provides the opportunity for young people to empathise or identify with the feelings of LGBT young people who choose to come...

The Chocolate Trade Game

Fair Share Assign everyone in the group a role in the cocoa-trading chain. (Farmer, Cocoa buyers, Importer, Chocolate company, Shops, Government.) Discuss what might be involved at each stage in the production of chocolate. Ask each group to decide...

World Cup and Street Children

“Sometimes it is hell on the streets but when I play football I feel as if I am in heaven” (Thamires, Brazil team 2010) With the World Cup taking place in Brazil this summer it is an excellent opportunity...

Youth and Alcohol Workshop

Below are some activities that could be used for exploring the issues around alcohol with young people. It would work well as an introductory session. Agree or Disagree This exercise looks at ideas and attitudes towards why people drink...

Self-Esteem Session

Below are some ideas for leading a session with young people around the theme of self-esteem. Media Collage  On two sheets of flip chart paper draw the outlines of a man and a woman. Using magazines and/or the internet,...

The Apprentice: Bible Class Session

Television Quiz Split young people into teams and see if they can guess which TV programmes these theme tunes are from. The Apprentice – Characteristics Watch he video with the group and ask them what qualities they think you...

Getting to know you game

Getting to know you Game This is a good introductory game that I’ve used with my school behaviour groups in the opening weeks. I’ve also used it with various youth groups as a good way for everyone to get...

The Raft Communication Session

The Raft Session This session is used to facilitate communication, to increase team-building skills and to bring out to the forefront people’s attitudes and values Give one worksheet to each participant and get them to read the instructions. They...

Diversity: A City Has Many Faces

DISCUSSION POINTS Ask a series of questions that will help young people look at the faces on the poster. (The poster can be adapted to suit your town or city) Why do you think these faces were chosen? Can all...

Young People and Democracy – Youth Session Plan

A session plan encouraging young people to register to vote and make sure their voices are heard. The session plan also allows young people to practices debating and persuasion skills. Vote with Your Feet Explain to the group they will...

Anti-Bullying Session

Anti-Bullying Why do people bully? An anti-bullying session plan for use with school pupils or youth groups looking at effective ways of responding to bullying. On two separate sheets of flipchart paper draw an outline of a person. Label...

Youth Stereotyping Session

This is a session plan for use with groups exploring themes of stereotypes and prejudice. Worksheets for the session: Stereotypes Worksheets Activity 1: Understanding stereotyping • Write up words on a post-it that come into your mind when you hear...

Youth Identity Workshop

This is a session plan for use with groups exploring themes of identity, both individually and socially. Worksheets for the session – Identity Worksheets Activity 1 How do you describe yourself?  (Approx 20 min)  Flipchart paper and markers Think about...

Christian Aid: Football – A beautiful Game?

Introduction Play different versions of football – football-rounders (no bat needed, just kick!), football on spacehoppers, or table football. Come up with your own variation of the game to introduce the theme. Discussion Why is football so popular? And...

Scottish Independence – Youth Session Plan

What Would Scottish independence look like? Young people draw their responses What would Scotland look like if they stayed part of the union? Young people draw their responses A to Z Split participants into two groups and have each...

Huge Collection of Team Building Activities

A huge collection of team building activities. Ideal for use with youth groups keen on building team work, communication and listening skills.   Animal Groups Gather participants in a large common area. Give each person a piece of paper...

Social Network – Session Plan

Quiz: Social Network Logos – Hand out the social network logos and ask the young people to name the social network that matches the logo. Quiz: Social-Network-Quiz (Answers: Column 1: Last.fm, Linkedin, Instagram, Google+, Reddit, Tumblr. Column 2: Foursquare, Bebo,...

Symbol Bible Study

I used this framework for a Bible Study I led last week. It was a good way into a difficult text and the young people found it useful too. Resource: Symbol Bible...

10 Commandments for Youth Work Volunteers

1. Thou shalt not be easily angered or wound up, especially when Gary asks you for the tenth time why there aren’t any Snickers in the tuck shop this week. 2. Thou shalt not try to pass yourself off...

Discrimation, Primary School, Session Plan

This is a Citizen’s Theatre session plan that can be used with upper primary school children to introduce theme of discrimination. Warm Up Game Clap Heads This is a focusing exercise that requires the participants to listen and be...

Post-It Note Icebreakers

A collection of youth icebreaker games using post-it notes. Ideal when you have limited resources. Hidden Treasure Write several icebreaker questions on the stick side of post-it notes and stick them to the board. Each child takes turns choosing...

Learning Styles

Each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. Learning styles group common ways that people...

Drama Warm Ups and Games

These are all games which I’ve used with groups in the past. I thought other people might find them useful too. The Wind Blows This is a good game for mixing the group up Put chairs in a circle....

Anti-Sectarianism Youth Work Session

The aim of the session is really to introduce the issue of sectarianism and to enable young people to voice their thoughts and opinions. Game: Tight Hands Game This game gives children a metaphor for discussing inclusion and exclusion....

Group Game Ideas

Games Blanket Flip is a great game for team building, small groups, or on the spot volunteer game. You’ll need to blankets of the same size and type to make things even for competition. A good size is 5...

Hoods – A poem by Mr Gee

Are young people really as bad as the media makes out? Are they any different from previous generations? A poem by Mr Gee. To Hood! Or not to Hood! That is the question. Whether it is nobler in the...

The Square Game

A simple exercise for 3 or more students that highlights cooperation, listening and other group skills. It’s often used as an exercise for a small group of students as a way of helping them think about the importance of...

Planning and Evaluation

I found this quite a helpful model when planning and preparing sessions with children and young people. It’s helpful to breakdown each of the different areas/zones that affects the success of a session. It also provides an easy way...

The Story of Joshua Bell

Washington D.C. Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately 2000 people went through the station, most of them to work....

Upfront Games

A collection of upfront games that can be played in a number of settings. Can also be used as icebreakers. Banana Eating “Competition” Items required: 2 young people who are ‘in on the game’, some scarves and some peeled bananas...

Confidence Session

This resource works really well in helping young people to see the positives in their lives where sometimes they can see only negatives. Confidence Wall Start off with the ‘confidence wall’ sheet and encourage the young people to think...

Easter Session: Art and Different Perspectives

Examine the following pieces of art and discuss the questions Avril Paton – Windows in the West Questions What’s the first thing you notice? Where and when is the scene set? Is it a realistic scene? From whose perspective...

Easter Reflection

I’ve never got round to watching Game of Thrones but I’ve seen this image countless times. It’s striking and attention grabbing but I’ve never really looked at in much detail. In the reflection of the crown you can see...

Homeless Jesus

Word association Show the various photographs to the group and ask the to brain storm the first words that come to mind about each picture Are they positive words? How would most perceive each of the people in the...

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