On Saturday 24th of November Youth Work Ireland hosted the Youth Network for Peace’s convention with our member youth service Youth Work Ireland Louth in the Carnbeg hotel in Dundalk. The theme for the convention was Youth Network for Peace: Keeping youth democracy alive through cross border youth work.
The convention saw over 150 young people and youth leaders engage in presentations and discussions throughout the day with local TD’s and councilors in attendance and a panel of policy makers including;
-Koulla Yiasouma (NI Commissioner for Children and YP)
-Peter Hall (Clerk to the Committee for the Economy, NI Assembly)
-Liam Hannaway (CEO Newry, Mourne and Down Council)
- Dr Carmel Corrigan (Head of Participation & Education, Ombudsman for Children)
-Katherina Nugent (Dundalk Institute of Technology)
-Paul Boylan (SEUPB)
Answering and discussing issues raised by young people attending the convention.
Young people travelled from throughout Ireland to attend including young people from BIPA traveling over to attend this included representatives from our partner organizations UK Youth, Youth Scotland, Youth Cymru (Wales), Youth Action NI and also included young representatives from Youth Work Ireland.
As part of the convention a pop up radio studio was created with Radio YNP broadcasting live throughout the day and interviewing atrendees. The event also featured performances by Irish Youth Music Awards performers Ryan Byrne from Dundalk and Daragh Mc Sloy from Newry.
The Youth Network For Peace project is a cross border project supported by the European Union’s Peace IV project and managed by the Special EU Programmes body (SEUPB). The project involves thirteen partners from north and south of the island of Ireland including Youth Action Northern Ireland as lead partner, Youth Work Ireland, Northern Ireland Youth forum, CoOperation Ireland and many more.