The Youth Identity Project developed by Clare Youth Services, challenges young women to explore who they are and reflect on where their sense of identity comes from. Younger Voices, a sub group of the Clare Youth Service board, identified concerns about the modern pressures on girls and young people to behave and dress in a certain manner, to look a certain way, to judge and to be judged on the choices they make. Out of these discussions came the idea for the programme or space for girls and young women to take time out and think about who they want to be, to make informed choices and be clear and confident in their sense of self.
Following six months of research and consultation by Caroline Stott of Clare Youth Service, three pilot groups of young people in Lisdoonvarna, Ennis and Ennistymon met to create and test a programme that is user-friendly, non-judgemental and most importantly, relevant for girls and young women. The project was officially launched by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in January 2018.
This one day training hosted by Youth Work Ireland is targeted at youth workers, tutors and experienced volunteers who are interested in delivering the programme to young women in their services, aged 16-19. The programme is facilitated over 8 weekly sessions, each session is 1 hour long and it is aimed at young women ages 16-19.
Topics covered on the one day training will include: