Youth Work Supervision: Supporting Practice through Reflection


  • Jocelyn Wiedow Sprockets, Saint Paul



The role of a youth work supervisor is critical in supporting frontline staff to develop and strengthen their skills to provide high-quality programs for youth. This article emphasizes the need for supervisors to create a staff-centered approach to reflection. Key elements of strong youth work supervision include building trust with staff, embedding reflection into supervisory practice, and seeking continued support to improve supervisory practice. Examples from the field illustrate how these components can look in practice.

Author Biography

Jocelyn Wiedow, Sprockets, Saint Paul

Jocelyn Wiedow is the Network and Quality Coordinator at Sprockets, Saint Paul’s Out-of-School-Time Network. She found her passion for youth work as a camp counselor at an early age. In 1998, she had the opportunity to pursue her love for youth development in a full-time capacity. Since then, she has served as a front-line youth worker, case manager, and program manager, all of which have prepared her to support youth workers in her current role. Jocelyn has her Master’s Degree in Public Nonprofit Administration and an Individualized Studies Bachelor of Arts Degree focusing on Community Program Management.


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