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Author: Carola Secada

Willing to Fight

This post originally appeared on the Breakfast Club Blog on September 20, 2010. I recently took a road trip up north to the bay area to congregate with about 70,000 like-minded individuals at the Power to the Peaceful concert. Road trips always seem to reignite the ‘rebel fire’ in my heart. My soundtrack included a number of folk songs that have never ceased to inspire me. As I began t...

Beyond Grief: The Power of Lily’s Legacy

This blog is difficult to write. I have been a Breakfast Club blogger since 2014. I have shared my thoughts about the impact of our work, the future of our field, and the evolution of our leaders. Every time, I give my heart and passion into every word and hope that it will inspire others. This process has come easy for me until one life-changing moment in 2016. The 2016 BOOST Conference had just ...

The GUILTY Pleasure and How to Kick It

Guilt. You’ve used it. You’ve felt it. You’ve given it. There are many things that I have learned in my lifestyle as a youth worker, but one that stands out is how I have used guilt as a tool to succeed and also to fail. As a young supervisor, I learned to lead by guilt. It was disguised under the umbrella of relationship building, but it was still good ol’ guilt. Perhaps i...

Ride the Wave!

In our field, systems, and relationships teeter-totter between structured and organic. Although our roots call us to be relationship driven, the push to professionalize ourselves and claim a noticeable and valued function in education has forced us to be more structured than ever. The current leadership in youth work has effectively created a pathway that balances the beauty of an organic team and...

Creation Nation: Youth Work

Tenth time starting a program for a new school year, sixth time creating systems and building relationships with the same team, fifth year pursuing life with the same partner and first year enjoying it all alongside my daughter. When Harper Rose was born I thought it may be the end of my life as a youth worker. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend six glorious months with my baby and help he...

We ARE the hope we’ve been waiting for!

A career? After School? What?! Yes folks, believe it or not, the career pathways in youth work are out there! It is not an esoteric profession that only a few elite have access to. It is much attainable for anyone that is willing to work, network and advocate for youth. However, there is a sub-culture among the youth work movement that has been lost in the bureaucratic educational methods of the p...