Talent development in youth work
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The aim of this study is to examine what the successful factors in talent development programmes are and how they influence the empowerment of adolescents in disadvantaged urban areas. From March till May 2011 a Dutch, British and Flemish youth programme aimed at talent development have been analysed. Seventeen in-depth interviews were conducted with adolescents, youth workers and other professionals. The results indicated that the three programmes had a positive influence on the empowerment of adolescents. A pre-condition for the achievement of empowerment was long-term involvement in the talent development programmes. Providing a future perspective, increasing the social bond, and giving ownership over activities were indicated as the success factors in achieving empowerment. Lastly, it was indicated that in order to reach vulnerable adolescents, the programme must be implemented in an easily accessible youth centre.