Youth work is non-formal education with young people, primarily 13-19, promoting personal development and social education, in the important transition years to adulthood.
Youth workers build relationships with young people which support their development, improve their life chances and help them to reach their potential.
The Youth Work Unit (YWU) is the strategic youth work sector development agency for the Yorkshire and Humber region. It is the focal point for the youth work sector in the region and has a unique role in bringing together the dual functions of support and development.
The YWU was established in 1998 by the 15 Local Authorities who recognised that there was a benefit in working together with voluntary youth sector organisations, to share learning and practice and support developments.