On June 20th Jo travelled to Tonbridge, Kent to speak at the annual Youthwork Summit. The event attracts around 800 Christian youth workers from around the country, to hear 20 speakers giving short talks on a variety of topics. This year the theme was ‘The Way Back’, exploring the things that need to change; the new things we need to embrace and the old ways we need to cease, if we’re going to reverse the decline in Christian youth work.

Jo spoke about a project she is involved in called Re:verse. Re:verse is a spoken word poetry project for young people, run from an arts focused, local authority youth centre in Bath. The project aims to help young people with their English skills, self esteem and confidence, as well as giving them a healthy outlet for their emotions. Jo gave three lessons learned from running the project, and also brought two young poets with her to perform specially written poems, both of which blew the room away!

You can watch the talk below.

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