In September 2016, I was fortunate to take long service leave from my role as the Treasurer of the Youth Workers’ Association & my Youth Partnerships Coordinator in the VU Bachelor of Youth Work program!
Before I left Australia to make my way to the delightful & small island of Malta I made contact with Simon Schemri from the Maltese Association of Youth Workers (MAYMalta). For a small place-Malta certainly has a great Bachelor of Youth Work & Community Studies Program, a productive Youth Work Sector and an active Association of Youth Workers.
I managed to do a presentation on Adventure Therapy to students, staff and MAYMALTA board members. Simon kindly arranged for me to meet up with Dr. Andrew Azzopardi the Dean for Social Wellbeing and oversees the Youth Work program. I was also fortunate to meet up with Miriam Tuema who is the CEO of Agenzija Aghazagh which translates to Youth Agency, which acts as a peak body to represent young people and the youth sector within Malta and the European community.
I managed to attend some sessions of a “The history of Youth Work in Europe & its relevance for today’s youth work policy”, participants of this sessions came far and wide across countries within the European Union! My overall experience is that there are synergies between the YWA & MAYMalta such as: promoting the wellbeing and inclusion of young people, raising the profile of youth work as a profession, being involved in governmental debates in regards to young people and advocate that youth work is a distinct professional discipline!
It was an honour and a great experience to participate in many great conversations including those with academic Dr.Albert Bell. I am looking forward to maintaining this great connection and working alongside these great youth work practitioner or academics.
For more info please see http://www.maymalta.org/#!
The YWA Vision
November 26, 2016
UPDATED POST YWA Annual General Meeting Wednesday 12th June 2019