About Us

KDYS is a voluntary youth work organisation providing a range of quality services responding to the needs of children, young people, their families and communities in County Kerry. Since our establishment in 1971 the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service has always striven to meet the real needs of young people through committed volunteers, trained staff and the implementation of best practice.

Presently KDYS delivers a diverse range of family support, children and young peoples services spread throughout the Diocese of Kerry. The added value that KDYS brings to each individual programme is that it co-ordinates an integrated approach in responding to young peoples needs. KDYS recognise that in all communities there are young people with a range of distinct issues that combine to marginalise the person and ultimately lead them into a life filled with more negative behaviour. KDYS understands how individually diverse projects such as early school leaving – Youthreach, Garda Youth Crime diversion work, drugs and alcohol projects, family support projects such as Springboard and Neighbourhood Youth Projects as well as universal services for young people can combine to generate a more effective overall response from the young person.

The KDYS is the first youth work organisation in Ireland to receive the YWI Quality Standards Award, The Excellence Ireland Award and the FAS Excellence Through People standard. Also, we are a gold medal Youth Health promoting organisation

Our Mission

To enable young people to gain for themselves the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to meet their own and others’ developmental needs.

Our Services

Througth our 9 youth centers we run the following services:  

  • Youth Café
  • KDYS Drug Project
  • Youth Diversion Projects
  • Youth Information
  • Family Support
  • Community Youth Work Projects
  • Supports for Early School Leavers
  • Youthreach Projects
  • Neighbourhood Youth Projects

Contact Details

Co. Kerry
(t) 064-663 1748
(w) www.kdys.ie

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