Methods and Implementation

Methods are the content of the programme or project and should be designed to meet the identified needs of young people being worked with and your desired objectives. The NAOMIE framework explains how methods should be selected based on both needs of young people as well as your projects objectives. Included here is a list of youth work methods that I always find useful in stimulating my thought process. You may run a whole project based on just one method, such as sport, or have a diverse ran of options to meet many different needs of young people.

Implementation is the way in which you will deliver the content of the programme in practice. Issues to consider when implementing a programme are also outlined in the NAOMIE framework.

Implementation includes planning:

  • What resources, both human and material, will be needed. This will include the use of staff, volunteers and young leaders, how many and what roles they will undertake.
  • The timings of the project or programme. This could be over a single session or a weekly project from a term. Whichever it is, a fully timed plan is necessary. An example of a single session plan on AIDS awareness is included here.
  • Bookings that need to be made, e.g. for a room or minibus.
  • What sort of facilities will be required and their set up. This could include youth clubs/centres, community centers, youth cafes, converted buses, streets, playing fields, parks, other public spaces where young people choose to gather, schools/colleges, sport/leisure centers, night clubs, residential and outdoor education centers/camps and faith based premises, such as a church halls.
  • Publicising and promoting the activity.
  • Recruiting and retaining participants.

All of this is often referred to as curriculum planning. Wiltshire Youth Service have an excellent Curriculum document, which also includes a project planning pro-forma to assist in implementing your project.