Youth Work Ireland works with a number of leading European based youth organisations to create opportunities and collaborative activities for young people. Our work strengthens relationships between young people and youth workers and offers young people the chance for exchange visits and valuable learning opportunities. This work empowers young people and youth organisations to joinly tackle issues that affect all European youth.
Youth Work Ireland has formed a strategic partnership with youth services from across Europe who use music as a tool for supporting the development of young people. These partners include; UK Youth, Youth Cymru (Wales), Samfés (Iceland), Youth Scotland, Lithuanian Children and Youth Centre and Youth Action Northern Ireland, with Youth Work Ireland as the lead partner. The most recent achievement of this partnership has been the successful funding of a KA2 Erasmus + project entitled Youth Work ‐ Music and Cultural Entrepreneurship. The end result of this project is the design of an online toolkit/site on how to use music as a tool for engaging and retaining young people in youth services, as well as creating an online community of other youth services from across Europe that use music. Learn more>>
As part of this collaboration a special edition of Scene Magazine was published which sought to capture the experience of a diverse range of youth organisations and practitioners and to provide ideas about practice that can support Irish youth work practitioners in developing their own practice.
This event saw the Governing Body of ERYICA (The European Youth Information and Counselling Agency) meeting in Killarney as part of an enhanced engagement in Ireland. The meeting was organised by KDYS and Youth Work Ireland, and examined a variety of EU wide topics relevant to young people and youth services today.
The main focus of ERYICA is supporting and promoting quality general youth information policy and practice at all levels, a process which KDYS lead on in Kerry and Youth Work Ireland nationally. The meeting and an associated seminar in Dublin worked to further develop critical areas of youth information provision in Ireland and throughout the EU. ERYICA is composed of national bodies (non-governmental or governmental) which seek to guarantee the right of young people to full and reliable information, which helps them make the choices they face in their lives, and which promotes their autonomy and their active participation in a democratic society.
This is a joint project lead by Youth Work Ireland with the support of Involve, YouthAction Northern Ireland and An Munia Tober. The project aims at identifying, developing and sharing best practice approaches for engaging with, retaining and working with Young Travellers.
The main focus of the project was to develop easily used tools that help organisations to effectively support Traveller youth work. These tools specifically address gaps that may exist at the management and governance levels of youth work organisations. The realisation that supports were required at a senior level within organisations, came about only after we initiated the project and began to engage in focus groups with youth workers, young people and staff in partner organisations. The young people, volunteers and staff involved in our focus groups readily identified questions related to the organisations and delivery of youth work with young Travellers. There are questions about the variation in service delivery for young Travellers. In some instances, youth work services have employed a targeted approach to engaging with young Travellers and have maintained Traveller specific programmes and projects. In other cases, the objective of engagement with young Travellers has been to ensure that young people are “mainstreamed” as quickly as possible in order to become integrated into mainstream groups, clubs, projects and programmes. Besides these two positions, many mixes of the above can and do exist.
The results and learning from this project were launched and released at an International Showcase on Youth Work with Young Travellers in Dublin in March 2017.
The project is funded through the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices,and accessed through the support of Leargas, The National Agency Through this funding it is possible for organisations from different participating countries to work together, to develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth.