On Being Disrupted: Youth Work and Black Lives Matter


  • Angela Marie Bonfiglio Redeemer Center for Life & Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Minneapolis NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship




Youth workers are constantly figuring out how to respond to their young people, especially in times of disruption. The Black Lives Matter movement came close to home in the aftermath of the shooting by police of Jamar Clark, a young black man in north Minneapolis. This article is a reflection on the tensions that six area youth workers faced and the variety of roles that they played in working with their young people. The goal of this paper is to inspire other youth workers to be bold to act in times of disruption in order to support their young people and challenge the systems that impact them.  


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