103 episodes

The Passionate Youth Worker podcast is your invitation to explore your own life experiences by listening to other’s personal stories. Join me, Paul Meunier, the executive director of the Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA), as I interview youth workers from around the globe to reveal how their unique life experiences impact their work. Tune in and be inspired to consider how your story uniquely impacts your youth work. Do you have feedback about the show? I'd love to hear from you. Just send an email to paul@yipa.org.

The Passionate Youth Worker YIPA

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The Passionate Youth Worker podcast is your invitation to explore your own life experiences by listening to other’s personal stories. Join me, Paul Meunier, the executive director of the Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA), as I interview youth workers from around the globe to reveal how their unique life experiences impact their work. Tune in and be inspired to consider how your story uniquely impacts your youth work. Do you have feedback about the show? I'd love to hear from you. Just send an email to paul@yipa.org.

    Michael Dawson: You Can Rewrite Your Story if You Want to

    Michael Dawson: You Can Rewrite Your Story if You Want to

    April 8, 2024, Year Season 4 Episode 24
    Normandy, France: Michael Dawson chose to leave a lucrative career in sales to pour himself into paying forward the gift of support he had received from caring adults at a time of turmoil in his life. Now an author, podcast host, and creator of youth work training resources, he knows he wouldn’t be who he is today without the experiences of his past. And he uses all those lessons to help others now. 
    You can learn more about Michael’s work by visiting The Action Factory.
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    Cailee Fitzgerald: This Doesn’t Mean That I Can’t Achieve Great Things

    Cailee Fitzgerald: This Doesn’t Mean That I Can’t Achieve Great Things

    March 25, 2024 Season 4 Episode 23
    Idaho, United States: Cailee Fitzgerald grew up in an unstable environment. Her parents abused drugs, engaged in illegal activities, and spent time in prison. She was determined not to follow in their footsteps. She persevered against unbelievable odds. Cailee credits a high school basketball coach who cared about her and could see her potential. That was all the encouragement she needed to dream big for herself. Sheer determination and a passion for giving back make her the youth worker she is today. 
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    Rumbidzai Chitsa: Give Love to the World Without Thinking of Getting Something Back

    Rumbidzai Chitsa: Give Love to the World Without Thinking of Getting Something Back

    March 11, 2024 Season 4 Episode 22
    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Rumbidzai Chitsa grew up in a ghetto in Zimbabwe. But the possibilities she saw for herself opened up through the experience of an uncle who had become a doctor. She started on the same path, studying science. But, following her heart, she chose a different path. She now gives back to help others growing up in similar circumstances to pursue bigger dreams for themselves as well. 
    Accessibility Options: Watch the unedited video interview with subtitles or read the edited podcast transcript by visiting this podcast's web page.
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    • 28 min
    Katie Shatusky: Turn Pain into Purpose

    Katie Shatusky: Turn Pain into Purpose

    February 26, 2024 Season 4 Episode 21
    Minnesota, United States: Katie Shatusky’s life was deeply impacted when her beloved grandfather died by suicide in 2010. She has struggled with mental health challenges, discovered her corporate work life was not fulfilling in a meaningful way, and transformed the tragedy of her grandfather’s death to turn her pain into purpose. She launched a nonprofit called Thumbs Up and does whatever she can to connect with and make a difference for young people in her community. 
    Accessibility Options: Watch the unedited video interview with subtitles or read the edited podcast transcript by visiting this podcast's web page.
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    • 30 min
    Rosalind Loggin: My Purpose is to Pull People Out of Dark Places

    Rosalind Loggin: My Purpose is to Pull People Out of Dark Places

    February 12, 2024 Season 4 Episode 20
    Minnesota, United States: Rosalind Loggin has endured more trials and tribulations in her life than many people could bear. But she finds a way to triumph over them. Her faith is her foundation and she feels called through her troubles to serve even the most challenging young people. She’s real, she’s determined, and she’s just what they need to turn their own troubles around. 
    Content warning: Some of the topics discussed may be difficult for some of you to hear. So, please take care of yourself.
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    • 29 min
    Todd Haslam: I Want to Help Because I Wanted the Help

    Todd Haslam: I Want to Help Because I Wanted the Help

    January 29, 2024 Season 4 Episode 19
    Portland, Jamaica: Todd Haslam’s young life started out well. His father was his hero who loved and cared for him. But when his father suddenly left, everything was upended. His life became very rough. But he sees it all as a blessing. He had people around him who helped him stay grounded and become well-rounded. Both the good and the bad brought him to see his heart of goodness and compassion. In that, he found his passion for youth work. 
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Great podcast about young people making a difference.

Great podcast about young people making a difference. Really enjoying it.

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