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Youngistan-Discussion on Models for Working with Youth

Indian Journal of Sustainable Development

Volume 1 Issue 2

Published: 2015
Author(s) Name: Praveen Varghese Thomas, Sojin P. Varghese | Author(s) Affiliation: Research Scholars,Dept of Social Work,Loyola College of Social Sciences Trivandrum,Kerala,India
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Abstract

Youth is always considered as the dynamic section of society which stands inevitable both as age category and social status. There is a strong tendency among politicians, researchers to see youth bulge as a problem to be solved or as a threat which must be treated. However youth are underestimated as positive agents of change and key actors in development and harmony of the nation. But then more importantly, providing a conducive environment for youth is crucial and remains as the biggest challenge in India as the nation is going to be the youngest nation in the world demographically and will remain the same for next couple of decades. This paper explores the role of youth in development and various models and approaches by which the society and professionals working with youth can address those queries and anxieties associated with the youth bulge. Further the paper explores the scope of youth work in India as the nation is going to be the youngest nation in couple of years. Further research and debates on youth work as a profession in India is an essential element to develop specific guidance to support policy and commissioning processes in understanding how youth work contributes to effective interventions and improves the lives of young people.

Keywords: Youth, Youth Bulge, Development, Youth Work

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