Dr Jon Ord, Associate Professor at Marjon, spoke at the Intercity Youth Conference in Helsinki last week. ICY is the largest network of municipal (local government) youth work organisations in Europe, chaired by Jonas Agdur, from KEKS (Kvalitet och kompetens i samverkan) in Sweden.
The conference took place between the 8th – 11th October. The talk by Jon and Dr Tomi Kiilakoski disseminated the research Jon has undertaken on curriculum in the UK on and off for the last 15 years – which enables youth workers to understand and develop their own curriculum within their youth work organisations.
Jon has worked for over 20 years as a youth work practitioner in a variety of settings and brings that knowledge and commitment to youth work to his teaching and research. He is been particularly interested in the relationship between theory and practice of youth work, the impact of policy on practice; as well as the management of youth & community work and outdoor education.
The main programme included keynote speeches on topics such as EU and Youth proactivity, climate change and sociocultural interactions, as well as plenty of study visits and workshops. Study visits and workshops focused mainly on participatory youth work, with great dimensions.
Dr Jon Ord said: “This was an exciting opportunity to share my research on curriculum and the work being undertaken applying it in Finland, across a wide audience of youth work practitioners across Europe.”
Marjon’s Youth and Community courses, through supervised professional practice placements and university-based study, teach students how to work with young people and the communities in which they live to help them realise their potential. This delicate and expert approach allows students to build relationships, helping to inspire and stimulate the people they work with to make positive changes in their lives.
Find out more about BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work at Marjon.
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