Our Vision and Our Work
We believe that young people are citizens and rights holders and all our work is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in line with the Rights of Children and Young Person’s Measure (Wales) 2011.
We work to enable young people in Wales to be confident and strong, empowered to fulfil their potential and to contribute to build the Wales that they want and deserve.
We are for all young people in Wales, and for all those organisations, volunteers and professional staff, who support them.
We believe that youth work changes lives for the better. We know that youth work has huge potential to bring profound beneficial changes to the worlds of young people in Wales and the youth work sector can contribute hugely to a number of national policy priorities.
We are committed to equality and inclusion; we challenge prejudice and discrimination and seek to educate and develop understanding and insight within communities of the value of diversity and difference, with the aim of bringing about better and best practice.
We believe that youth work has a vital role to play in building the Wales we want, and we shape our work to ensure it contributes to the seven Well-being Goals set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
We recognise the value of working with and through a network of local and regional organisations that support young people throughout Wales. These are primarily statutory and voluntary youth work organisations, but include other organisations supporting young people, such as training providers, youth offending services and alternative curriculum provisions. Many of our member organisations are based in Wales’ poorest communities as defined by the Wales Index of Multiple Deprivation.
We value communities of good practice and work in partnership collaborating with our members to develop these communities, to support young people in Wales.
We work with and through our British/Irish Strategic Youth Partnership, linking with our partners; Youth Scotland, Youth Work Ireland, Youth Action Northern Ireland and UK Youth; working co-productively to improve the lives of young people across Britain and Ireland.
We believe in the importance of evaluating and monitoring practice and work to share our learning across the sector.
We understand the importance and value of youth and youth worker mobility experiences and opportunities. Using our membership of the European Confederation of Youth Clubs (ECYC) we give intention and attention to the sharing of international learning, experiences, understanding and insight.
Our work is shaped and led by what young people tell us about what they want and need and aspire to have. We embed youth participation at all levels and seek to always empower young people working alongside and with them, valuing their input, skills, ability and enabling their potential.