Youth Work Ireland Week is our annual week of celebrating young people and the work of local youth services do in communities around Ireland. This year the week will take place from May 11th - May 18th and will see thousands of young people across Youth Work Ireland Member Youth Services take part in activities and events.
This year we have developed a national activity youth clubs and groups will take part in during Youth Work Ireland Week. The 'Pieces of the Puzzle' activity is inspired by The Puzzle Art Installation and Collaborative Project originally created by the New York artist Tim Kelly and is a creative way to have individual voice collectively heard. It is a simple way for young people to tell their own story about what they get from being part of a youth group.
The week kicked off with the IYMAs National Day in Croke Park. This all Ireland music event featured performances by young musicians aged 12-19, performing across two stages, the IYMAs marketplace with hands on demonstrations giving attendees the opportunity to learn new skills around the creative and music industry, with BIMM Institute Dublin, Girls Rock Dublin, IMRO and RTÉ 2FM all in attendance with the latter broadcasting live from the event.
Our annual Political Briefing takes place on Wednesday 15th May in Buswells Hotel and will see representatives from youth services meet and chat informally with Oireachtas members, to update and inform them on issues affecting young people in Ireland today.
The week will also see the launch of 3 major initiatives by Youth Work Ireland -
Launch of a new tool as part of our Positive Sexual Health Campaign 'Talking About Sexual Health'. This resource will support youth workers to open safe conversations with young people around sexual health.
Launch of a national online petition seeking a change in the Education Act 1998 to have sex education in schools inclusive and not bound or restricted by a school’s religious ethos.
Launch of our #campaignforchange2020 will see a national postal campaign to encourage young people identify the issue they want to work on in 2020
Other events during Youth Work Ireland Week will include music events, arts exhibitions, fun days, club evening, variety shows, youth day events, workshops, sports events, creative arts sessions, youth information seminars and sessions on the importance of positive sexual health.