The Youth Work Act, 2001, defines Youth Work as a planned programme of education designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young persons through their voluntary involvement and which is:
a) complementary to their formal education and training; and,
b) provided primarily by voluntary youth work organisations.
Benefits of youth work for young people
Personal and social development outcomes: communication skills, confidence and agency, planning and problem solving, relationships, creativity and imagination, emotional intelligence.