Confidence means believing in yourself and your abilities. It refers to the feeling that a young person has that they can do well at ‘something’. Confidence includes self-esteem which means how a young person feels about themselves.
When asked about what they have gained from participating in youth work, young people often respond with “confidence”.
Confidence is linked to and underpins the development of other skills and youth work outcomes. Young people can become more confident in a specific area or more generally feel confident to tackle whatever comes their way.
How might a young person develop this skill?
Young people frequently mention confidence as one of the skills they develop though youth work. They develop confidence though a variety of youth work contexts and practice including:
- Being able to try new opportunities
- Being able to make mistakes in a safe space
- Being encouraged to step out of their comfort zone
- Feeling valued and respected and able to be themselves
- Strong and supportive relationships with youth workers