After many years supporting young people before during and after such experiences and now leading one-year programmes, I believe that such time out can be a significant formative experience and help young people discover their true identity and calling.
The booklet includes stories of young people who I have worked with and have benefited from spending a year or shorter period serving others or working in a different culture or context. Around this is practical discussion of the why’s and wherefore’s of taking a year out and some pointers for youth workers, parents and others who may be offering advice to young people considering this option.
Chapter headings –
2.’ Become all you are called to be’ – discovering vocation
3. In the Gap – The year out and liminality
4. Helping young people to decide, plan and prepare
5. Stepping Stones- A Year of preparation and training
The booklet is available in print or e-book format £3.95 from http://www.grovebooks.co.uk/ (Youth series -Y34)