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civically engaged attitudes

The single attitudes are summarised in different headlines that illustrate what “being civically engaged” means for youth workers attitudes-wise. The “cluster headlines” do not name attitudes as such; these can be found through clicking on the lists.

A belief in young peoples’ ability to engage and participate is crucial to what youth workers do. + -

Thus, a supportive attitude means:

  • to trust in young people’s potential
  • to trust in young people’s competences for meaningful participation and change-making
It is important to reflect on one’s values and social status and generally on societal developments and politics. + -

Thus, helpful attitudes are:

  • a readiness to critically reflect on one’s values
  • a readiness to critically reflect on one’s perception of privilege, personal motives and urge for social and political action 
  • curiosity about political and social developments, including research and fact-checking of information obtained online
Engagement means to take a stance and to act in the face of injustice and other issues. + -

Corresponding attitudes are:

  • a readiness to stand up and speak out when social injustice occurs, no matter the perpetrator or the victim
  • a readiness to engage with relevant political and social processes and the life of the community and society(ies)

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