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Youth Workers’ Experiences and Required Competencies under COVID-19

  • 한국청소년활동연구
  • Abbr : SKYA
  • 2021, 7(1), pp.1-27
  • DOI : 10.36697/skya.2021.7.1.1
  • Publisher : Korea Youth Activity Research Association
  • Research Area : Natural Science > Life Sciences > Child Study > Adolescence Science
  • Received : March 3, 2021
  • Accepted : March 25, 2021
  • Published : March 31, 2021

Jeon, Yeong Uk ORD ID 1 Sohn Kyu-tae ORD ID 2 Lee, Mi Na 1 Lee, Ji Eun 1 Jeong, Eun Jung 1 Cho, Yoo Dam 1 Choi, Sun Mi 1

1한국방송통신대학교
2한국직업능력개발원

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ABSTRACT

Background: Under COVID-19, youth institutions and facilities were required to prevent infections and preemptive responses to youth. Among youth workers, the perception that youth activities should be changed as existing face-to-face activities and participation is limited, and various countermeasures have been sought according to the conditions of youth institutions. Organizational changes caused by environmental changes affect the thinking and behavior of members of the organization. To effectively adapt to environmental changes and respond to challenges, efforts to identify and develop not only the experience of the members of the organization but also their competencies are required. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences and required competencies of youth workers under COVID-19. Methodology/Approach: Eight youth workers who experienced the COVID-19 situation were selected as participants in the study. Data collection was conducted through interviews from November 26 to December 11, 2020. Findings/Conclusions: First, it was found that the difficulties caused by COVID-19 stem from the demand for youth workers to develop and operate unfamiliar non-face-to-face activities. Second, it was found that as youth activities proceeded non-face-to-face, access to programs could increase and an environment in which students can concentrate on programs could be created. Third, to effectively deliver youth activity programs in an online environment, youth workers need to cultivate the ability to develop non-face-to-face youth instructional content. Fourth, it was found that effective guidelines and policy support to implement youth activities newly required after COVID-19 are needed. Implications: It was necessary to develop and implement a re-education program for youth workers, add a non-face-to-face activity area to the subject for youth instructor qualification examination, manage changes in youth institutions, and conduct research to comprehensively understand the youth field. Also, a study on the digital competencies of youth leaders and a method to improve the effectiveness of youth programs in non-face-to-face environments were needed.

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