Youth WoRK SERVICE N E WS Autumn '10 Youth unemployment in 2010 Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion When you stop to consider that unemployment rates employment prospects. The most notable of these is the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social amongst young people across Europe are twice as Exclusion 2010 which aims to give a voice to people high as the rate for the general adult population, it who are affected by these issues. Other initiatives, is clear that the current economic crisis is having a such as SALTO Inclusion’s Unemployment Strategy, particularly negative effect on young people. Sadly, focus specifically on helping young people to manage it is young people with fewer opportunities, e.g. their way through these difficult times (see useful immigrant workers and low-skilled workers, who are links section). the first to feel the effects of the downturn. Across The Youth in Action Programme provides the EU, 26% of unemployed young people aged 15- opportunities for young people of all abilities to 24 and 35% of those aged 25-29 are long-term (more participate in projects that will develop their skills than one year) unemployed and therefore at an even and help them secure and maintain employment. greater risk of social exclusion. This edition of our newsletter highlights some recent Young people need every assistance to deal with Youth in Action projects that focus on addressing these very challenging times. There are a number of youth unemployment, and combating poverty and initiatives taking place in 2010 to engage with young social exclusion. Also featured is a report on a youth people, and to see what help they need to gain the seminar which was held in Dublin as part of the EU’s necessary skills and information to improve their structured dialogue process. The seminar consulted with young people and providers of youth information on the issue of youth unemployment. ter Building a Bet We hope you enjoy the read! Society: the Travelling Community, New Age Travellers and the ahon Youthreach M Gay and Lesbian Community. The young people themselves recognised the YiA In March 2010, eight young people from Youthreach Programme as a positive step in their development. Mahon, Co. Cork, hosted a Youth in Action (YiA) The experience, they said, has made them more aware Exchange Programme for a group of young people of their place in Europe. They learned many skills and from the South Eastern Education and Library each received a Youthpass Certificate which they can Board (SEELB) in Northern Ireland. The theme of add to their CVs as concrete recognition of these skills the exchange was Building a Better Society which —see www.youthpass.eu . was explored through outdoor activities and group The experience of living together for a week and work. The programme promoted tolerance among working as a team was a revelation for some. The the participants and their wider communities. The group gained a sense of their own potential and a group explored the ‘myths and facts about issues greater understanding of their role in society and the facing young people’, European Citizenship and rights and responsibilities they have as young adults. Active Citizenship. The Mahon group was composed They feel empowered to combat exclusion through of young people from diverse backgrounds including new experiences and the skills they have learned. www.leargas.ie Youth WoRK SERVICE NEWS s f the Orphan The Voyage o eatre kY outh Th Limeric The Voyage of the Orphans Youth Initiative project in 2009 aimed to engage the young people of the Co. Limerick Youth Theatre (Co. LYT) with the constant and unchanging themes of migration, human rights abuses, conflict, poverty, famine and racism. The Co. LYT made a short film and devised a three-act play depicting the historical story of the Irish famine orphans transported to Australia in 1849, and made explicit links to the current plight of contemporary migrants and separated children. By making direct links between the situations faced by the characters in the play with contemporary problems faced by migrants, the project hoped to engage the young people with these themes in the world they live in. They researched how the Australian media portrayed the Irish Famine Orphans and compared this to media reports on migrants in modern-day Irish newspapers, finding parallels in racist and abusive language and scaremongering. They studied the often harrowing stories of young emigrants to Ireland using the book All I have to Say produced by The Ombudsman for Children’s Office, creating awareness of the injustices that have forced these children to leave their families and homes. The project also looked at the historical situation which forced the Irish to emigrate in such huge numbers in the 1840s−the impact of colonialism, human rights abuses, poverty and the famine−and compared these t o the causes of migration on a contemporary global level. The young participants in the project learned important, transferable skills during this process: how to research on the internet, use library archives, question information sources, think critically, express and debate their views. From the outset the youth leaders encouraged ownership of the project by the young participants by ensuring their involvement in all aspects of the project: research, decision-making, logistics, tasks, publicity and evaluation. The young people in Co. LYT have great pride in their project. They feel that they have created something meaningful and are empowered by what their hard work has achieved. The project made a difference to the participants on a personal level and has enabled them to develop greater confidence in their abilities and skills. On a wider level they feel that they have communicated an important message about migration and human rights to their peers and the larger community. And all this while they were having fun! For more information about the project contact Limerick County Arts office for a copy of the DVD. “This project… is so much more than just devising our own play and making improvisations on the famine. We have looked at all the topics spanning from one subject and put it into modern examples – from what it means to be Irish, to Traveller culture, racism hundreds of years ago and has it really changed in today’s society? We looked at today’s bias on so many different levels. We’ve come to realise how influenced we are by the media and by word of mouth but have no experience ourselves to justify our actions. Until you take the time to walk around in someone’s shoes, you really have NO idea!” Lucy James, 17 AutuMN '10 Where to Now? Eurodesk Ireland Conference 2010 On 22 June 2010 Eurodesk Ireland, in cooperation out of five young people is unemployed. There is with its local relays (Youth Information Centres), a clear correlation between the education level organised a one-day conference in the National attained and employment. Providers of information College of Ireland, Dublin, entitled Where to Now? have a key role to play to address the crisis. The Empowering young people through information. 150 people who attended heard that intermediaries The conference was part of the EU’s structured who provide information to young people can bring dialogue process of consultation in which young possibilities for learning people across Europe and those who work with that can indirectly lead them are asked to identify the challenges they face to employment for young in relation to youth employment. The consultation is people, or to migration particularly focused on how to improve information, for work. Alternatively, it guidance and support for young people, in order to can simply provide young help them access the labour market. people with the skills to survive the experience The conference encouraged organisations working of unemployment. with young people—Youth Information Centres, During the day, youth organisations, youth cafes, libraries etc.—to use European information provided by Eurodesk responses from Irish to help disadvantaged young people to enhance young people on their chances of becoming employable. The main unemployment, speakers were Mary Cunningham, NYCI; Maurice migration and new media, were Devlin, NUI Maynooth; and Anja Ruhland from thepresented, and discussions Eurodesk Office in Brussels. The morning debatetook place around young people’s rights to was moderated by Michael McLoughlin of Youth information and needs to be informed. We heard that the main providers of youth information— Work Ireland and in the afternoon, participants were Youthwork Ireland, CYC, Foroige and YMCA—plan able to take part in their choice of workshop around Youth Information issues. to work closely together to transform the way that youth information is delivered in Ireland so that The conference was told that currently, youth young people, especially the disadvantaged, can unemployment is a ‘tsunami’. Across Europe one access information that is relevant to their needs. Dignity and Belonging through the Arts The DABTTA (Dignity and Belonging Through The of their applications to remain in Ireland Arts) Youth Initiative project involved young people The project involved creating a drama that toured resident in a Direct Provision Centre for asylum to three venues in Ireland. It culminated with seekers. The centre is in a geographically remote a performance in Castlebar GMIT, during its area in Donegal, with little access to training, intercultural week. The participants had the education, or leisure activities. The project aimed to opportunity to overcome language and cultural empower young people, marginalised from society barriers which can impede active citizenship, social by circumstances and residential status, through inclusion, and for those granted Leave to Remain participation in an intercultural project promoting in Ireland, access to higher education, training and equality, inclusion, and integration. The project also employment. set out to give the participants a chance to integrate and interact with their peers and the host community The participants in the core youth group, and the in a more equal manner, and develop the necessary wider project, have built up new relationships, and skills to present their status in the community in opportunities, including setting up a permanent a positive way i.e. as young, active citizens with drama group in the Centre, and maintaining links something to give to society. It endeavoured to with the wide variety of people, organisations and help the young people break down the negative groups that they met through the project. stereotypes of Asylum Seekers and to build life skills that will stay with them whatever the outcome Youth WoRK SERVICE NEWS European Year of Volunteering 2011 Though activities for the European Year 2010 are continuing, preparations are already underway for the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) in 2011. There is a recognition of the value of volunteering to communities all over Europe and a willingness to support and promote even greater numbers of people to participate in voluntary activities. The goals for the year are to: • work towards an enabling and facilitating environment for volunteering in Ireland and the EU • empower volunteer organisations and improve the quality of volunteering • reward and recognise volunteering activities • raise awareness on the value and importance of volunteering. Volunteering Ireland, the coordinating body for EYV 2011 in Ireland, plans to provide learning opportunities to the volunteering community in order to foster investment and an increased sense of community belonging. More information about EYV 2011 will be made available closer to the start of the year. training Events in 2010 Event Details Description Apply by Contact Person YiA Regional 15 September, Overview of Youth in Action Carlos Barcelo 03 September Information Day Portlaoise Programme. email@example.com Youthpass for 21 September, How to support a core group to gain a Patricia Dalton 17 September Youth Initiatives Dublin Youthpass Certificate. firstname.lastname@example.org Helping to develop partnerships Patricia Dalton on a national level, this training Youth Democracy 23-24 September, email@example.com or is a forerunner to an International 16 September Training Dublin Emma Grainger Training Course taking place in firstname.lastname@example.org Lithuania in October. Patricia Dalton 29-31 October, To support youth leaders and young Youth Initiatives email@example.com or Swords, people to develop and manage Youth 01 October Workshop Emma Grainger Co. Dublin Initiative projects. firstname.lastname@example.org SOHO Training To assist mentors and supervisors in for European 01-05 December, EVS organisations to develop their 21 September Click here to apply online Voluntary Service Slovakia project capacity. Organisations Appetiser: an Giving a strong, positive first introduction to 06-10 December, experience of international youth Click here to apply online 26 September international Turkey projects to motivate participants to youth work use the Youth in Action Programme. useful Links and Resources European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion: www.2010againstpoverty.eu and www.welfare.ie > EU2010 European Year of Volunteering: www.eyv2011.eu and www.volunteeringireland.ie Working on Work is a booklet from SALTO addressing youth unemployment: www.salto-youth.net > Inclusion > Inclusion Publications > Inclusion for All Youth Work Booklets SALTO Unemployment Strategy: www.salto-youth.net/InclusionUnemploymentStrategy Contact us '10 For more information see our website www.leargas.ie/youthinaction or contact a member of the Léargas team at email@example.com or 01 887 1208 / 887 1235.
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