Over the last decades, the youth sector has undergone many changes. Nowadays youth organisations are expected to do more than just provide activities for young people in their free time. They are being relied upon to teach young people skills and competencies which are not adequately being learned in schools. They are regularly called upon to provide alternative forms of learning for those young people who do not easily fit into the regular education system. They are also becoming more and more formalised. Youth organisations are being asked to professionalize, to account for how their resources are used and to work on a more cost-efficient basis.
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