St George State High School chaplain Simon Teunis had worked as a youth worker for years and thought there wasn’t anything left for him to learn in the field.
His extensive experience included running youth drop-in centres, working in homeless youth shelters, and serving in a variety of youth support coordinator roles.
Simon’s wealth of experience had seen him work with young people from all corners of society.
“I always thought I knew everything there is to know about youth work, which I believe was to my own detriment,” Simon says.
After commencing his Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413) through Scripture Union Queensland (RTO 30548), Simon says he felt like he was being brought back to youth-centred practice, which has equipped him with new skills that he is now using daily in his work.
“I am a far better youth worker because of this course and it has taught me that I must always be looking to improve my knowledge and skills in this field,” he says.
“I see the role of youth worker more as a guide that walks beside them rather than pulling or pushing them along now.”
Simon says the Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413) also reignited a fire inside him.
“I have become excited again about the idea of giving young people a voice and empowering them to make changes and feel like they are valued in our society, no matter what has happened in their personal lives.
“I have learned that for young people to make real positive change in their lives, they just need encouragement and some help to realise it,” he says.
If you have a passion for supporting young people and empowering them to live life to the fullest, contact Scripture Union Queensland to find out more about our course offerings.
Call (07) 3112 6444, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit training.suqld.org.au
Scripture Union Queensland Training, RTO 30548
Certificate IV in Youth Work CHC40413
Diploma of Youth Work CHC50413
Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care CHC42315