Valentine’s Day is just a few heady weeks away. If you’re looking for love, you could do a lot worse than casting your eyes around those of us who are lucky enough to work with young people.
Why? Well, let me explain…
1. WE’RE EASILY IMPRESSED.
I’m not saying you’re boring. But after spending hours cooped up with adolescents and answering the eternal question of “Do I have to?” we’re ready to do something, anything, that doesn’t involve people significantly younger than us asking questions that they’re perfectly capable of answering themselves.
2. WE CAN TALK ABOUT ANYTHING.
Half the battle of being a youth worker is figuring out how to relate to individual young people. If we can relate to a variety of kids who, for example, like to set light to things, the chances are good that we’ll be able to find something to talk about with you.
3. NOTHING FRIGHTENS US.
So you think your family is strange? Don’t worry; we’ve probably encountered worse at some point during the last few months. Do you wonder if you’re a little too “quirky”? Embrace it because it takes a lot to phase us after watching a group of adolescent boys interacting with one another.
4. YOUR PARENTS WILL LOVE US.
Youth workers have to interact with parents almost as much as young people and we’ve learned a few tricks to get parents on our side. If there’s an art to charming parents, we have surely mastered it.
5. WE’RE PREPARED.
“The only constant is change” and youth workers have learned to deal with it. We know things might not go the way we expected but we are prepared to improvise in just about any situation you give us. So if a date’s not going going quite the way we expected, we aren’t going to morph into a train wreck.
Though at any moment, of course, we might just shrug our shoulders, say “whatever” and go into a sulk. You can spend too long amongst teenagers, you know.