For pride month this year, some of team at the NYA have asked to share with the sector what pride means to them…
Deputy Director of Youth Work
Esther has worked in the youth work sector for almost 20 years, across a range of settings and contexts. Esther started her career as a part time youth worker at the London Borough of Bexley, gaining her JNC qualification and progressing to Youth Development Officer.
Esther is never too far away from front line delivery, a youth worker at heart, she remains driven by wanting a fairer, more equitable and progressive society for all young people.
As a member of the LGBTQIA+ Youth Work Community, I am able to celebrate Pride every day. I have the benefit of working alongside colleagues across the sector who deliver, commission, engage with and promote outstanding LGBTQIA+ Youth Work, this brings me so much hope for a fairer, more supportive and more equitable future for LGBTQIA+ Young People.
Youth Work is my passion and within my role as Deputy Director of Youth Work for the NYA, I am driven to ensure that as a collective, we can all commit to building a space within our sector that brings hope, happiness, solidarity and belonging.
Currently in my role I am working on the following projects that aim to celebrate and promote LGBTQIA+ Youth Work nationally. Get in touch with me if you want to know more: email@example.com
- LGBTQIA+ Youth Work Standards in collaboration with sector partners
- Pride-X : A youth led online event in partnership with The Hub in Bromsgrove
- Production of current resources in collaboration with young people from The Hub to help steer and support positive discussion around gender fluidity and identity