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Youth work highlighted

Sunday, 28th July, 2019 9:00am
Youth work highlighted

Young People from MCRI Mairead, Gavran and Sumayyah in Dublin Central meet local Maureen O’Sullivan at the event. PHOTO: Marc O’ Sullivan

Youth work highlighted

Young People from MCRI Mairead, Gavran and Sumayyah in Dublin Central meet local Maureen O’Sullivan at the event. PHOTO: Marc O’ Sullivan

YOUNG people from Dublin Central, Dublin North West and Dublin West were amongst 300 youngsters from all over Ireland who took part in a recent National Youth Showcase in the Mansion House.

The ‘Youth Work Changes Lives’ event was held to celebrate the value, diversity and vitality of youth work in Ireland.

A key message emerging from the day was that hundreds of thousands of young people and their communities take part in and benefit from youth work, and that there’s a need to sustain and increase funding for youth work to meet the needs of a growing youth population.

The event – organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) –gave young the opportunity to speak directly to public representatives and share with them first-hand what they do, what they learn and the benefits of youth work for them and their local communities.

“This event showcases the exceptional quality of youth work happening throughout Ireland and celebrates the contribution of young people to Irish society and our local communities,” said Mary Cunningham, Director of the NYCI.

“The youth work sector benefits over 380,000 young people each year, supported by the efforts of 1,400 professional staff and 40,000 passionate volunteers, and yet much of this good work goes largely unnoticed. That’s why the ‘Youth Work Changes Lives’ event is so important.

“It is really important that young people - particularly at grassroots level – get the chance to reach out and engage with local politicians, TDs, Senators and Councillors.

“It will also provide young people with the opportunity to call on their local politicians to support increased investment in youth work in the upcoming budget.

“When politicians hear, see and experience the contribution and value of youth work in their local communities, particularly when expressed by young people themselves, it sends a very powerful message that this work is worth supporting and funding.”

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