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The good news from the young people of the north east inner city of Dublin
LYCS – Lourdes Youth and Community Services t: 01-836 3416 e: email@example.com w: www.lycs.ie Winter 2012
n Adventure Sports Project teens are busy people but make time to fund raise for cancer n Boxing clever as Gaeilge – the ‘Larriers’ n Chess check mates n Coming clean about Dirty Old Towns n Dancing their way to victory n Dancing, boxing and playing their way to success in Ballybough n Editorial comment n Gardening, acting, professional soccer LYCS CTC n Higher, faster, stronger sport for all
Young people are diving into an ocean of opportunity
Celebrating Junior Leaders and CDYSB
As part of City of Dublin Youth Service Board’s (CDYSB) 70th Anniversary LYCS organised an evening of information sharing about their Junior Leadership Programme set up with the support of the CDYSB. Over 50 people attended and listened to a presentation about the establishment and implementation of the Programme. They were also able to talk to the young people who have participated in the Junior Leadership Programme. In addition the attendees reviewed displays illustrating the young peoples achievements while on the Programme. Over the past five years young people aged 13-17 years from the north east inner city (NEIC) have been trained as Junior Leaders through Lourdes Youth & Community Services (LYCS) Youth Work Programme. The project aimed to provide an innovative Junior Leadership programme in the inner city and give young people the theoretical and practical skills necessary to become active Junior Leader volunteers. Personal development was a key component of this project as well as active citizenship, where the young people were encouraged to give something back to their community. Resulting from the project, youth role models have been created in the community and a real interest in volunteering generated among other young people.
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Volunteering for a better life and community
Research has shown that volunteering gives people a sense of connection and an opportunity to participate in their communities and to build a better society for us all. In the North East Inner City (NEIC), there is no shortage of young people volunteering. Volunteering has many practical benefits for those who are involved such as: • Learning or developing new skills • Discovering new interests and hobbies • Meeting new people • Having new experiences, • Travelling to new places • Being involved in new life experiences • Providing personal motivation and sense of achievement
“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders and they contradict their parents.”
Does this sound familiar? The funny thing is - it was written thousands of years ago by Greek philosopher Socrates. We read in the media every day about young people hanging around and causing trouble... Well, the teenagers in Lourdes Youth & Community Services (LYCS) Youth Work Programme in Sean McDermott Street got tired of hearing bad news about young people in their area and decided to do something about it. They knew many of their friends had achieved so much but no one was telling that story so they gathered up as many good news stories as they could find from teenagers all over the north east inner city (NEIC) of Dublin and decided to put them together into this newspaper. The hundreds of stories in this newspaper will inspire and remind us that young people can be to be trusted and the future is in their hands. We know there are many other good news stories out there too but we hope you will enjoy reading about all the amazing things our local teenagers are doing. If you want more information about any of the articles please contact LYCS. Sarah Kelleher, Director LYCS
Want to join a Youth Work Programme?
Lourdes Youth & Community Services Rutland Street, Dublin 1 (at the back of Rutland St School) To find out more phone 01 836 3416
Call in anytime
David Duffy and Anto Hand at the LYCS Junior Leaders information evening and CDYSB celebration
Cookery Pottery Games Art Comp. games Kayaking Climbing Camping Drama Pool Swimming Trips Fishing Summer Programme Personal Development
» Larriers are ‘Young Scientists’ today » Painting a picture of art success p2. and film stars tomorrow? p7. » Performing roll of honour p4. » Lifeskills, digital photography and » Seachtain na Gaeilge p8. jobs for North Wall CTC » Some of the many other LYCS CTC participants p6. participant success p3. » LYCS youth get into the “great » Sports roll of honor p10. outdoors’ for a better life p5. » St Laurence O’Tooles CBS win » Making water sports safe p9. boxing medals p9.
» Supporting the Simon Community
and Irish Guide Dogs p4.
» Volunteer youth workers
providing a vital support in these days of cutbacks p5.
» The main maths guy p8. » They ‘raise us up’ through
volunteering & fundraising p4.
» Volunteering for a better life and
» ‘Vive le France’ says the Adventure
Sports Project (ASP) p3.
» What happens in a women’s world
» Why are some young people just “Hanging Around” p2. » Yasmin Dunne - a profile p3. » Young ‘Volunteer of the Year’ p.5 » Young and old have fun in the pool p.4 » Young people allocate funds to
projects through Youth Bank p4.
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Welcome to the first issue of The Champion a community newspaper for and about young people from the North East Inner City of Dublin (NEIC). The Champion is unapologetically on the side of the champion young people from the NEIC many of whose achievements and exploits are outlined in its pages. Secondly The Champion is a means for the network of youth projects/services working in the NEIC to champion the needs hopes and aspirations of young people. The Champion is published at a time when national newspapers are filled with bad news, crisis stories and hopeless headlines. Despite our current economic woes and difficulties there are good news stories and The Champion outlines them especially as they relate to young people. Similar to other disadvantaged communities throughout Ireland the NEIC has been the subject of many sensational media headlines, misrepresentation and down-right inaccuracies over the past few decades. The media have a habit of profiling young people as disaffected and disengaged. This builds up the notion within wider Irish society of ‘youth in trouble’ or even that ‘young people are trouble’. There appears to be little recognition in the media that young people from disadvantaged areas are struggling (and in many cases succeeding) to live in a time when society and local communities are undergoing immense challenges and change. This puts increased pressure on local communities, families and individual young people. Coupled with the economic crisis and the resultant reduction in funding for youth projects and other services there is a concern that all efforts at supporting the development of young people will become hopeless and almost impossible. Contrary to popular belief young people from the NEIC are acutely aware of these issues. True to form they did not want to just talk about how fed up they were of being portrayed as trouble-makers and or hopeless cases they wanted to do something positive about it. In particular they wanted to counteract the negative image of young people that is projected in the media and wider society. They felt it was time people heard about all the good things young people from the NEIC are involved in. As a result of this The Champion newspaper was born. The Champion contains many items and profiles about the success of young people from the NEIC. What is particularly heartening is the ambition the articles in the paper display. Individual young people are not just happy with one achievement or success but go one to achieve even more. It shows the diversity of talents amongst local young people - from sport to dance and lifesaving to art, maths, chess and writing. You will see from the pages of The Champion that there are plenty of good news stories to be told even in the midst of an economic recession. We hope, that readers who do not know the communities of the NEIC, that The Champion will open your eyes to a new perspective. For local residents’, parents and adults we hope that the exploits of local young people as detailed in the pages of The Champion will be a source of pride and comfort in these difficult times. Finally I would to say a big thanks to Sarah, the management board and all the staff of LYCS for their on-going dedication commitment to the support and development of young people in the NEIC. John Farrelly Chairperson, LYCS
Why are some young people just “Hanging Around”
Launch of new report into the youth work needs of teenagers in the north east inner city of Dublin.
One of the biggest challenges for modern Irish society is how to positively engage young people who may be at risk of getting involved in anti social behaviour and who are not involved in education, work or youth services. The increase in the use of some drugs such as cannabis and binge drinking is a worrying trend amongst teenagers. Against this backdrop LYCS began to look at why large numbers of young people were not accessing the youth services which are available to them in their local area. A particularly pertinent question was what more can be done to attract and include young people in existing services in the North East Inner City (NEIC).
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The main outcomes for the young people are: • Young people are becoming leaders in the inner city: through the Junior Leadership programme the young people have be given the confidence and skills to act as Leaders in their community. • Increased confidence through skills obtained e.g. facilitation skills, water safety training, canoeing, First Aid, Youth Work theory. The confidence gained through the programme has resulted in some of the group being represented on the NEIC Youth Forum, responsible for addressing the needs of all young people in the city. • Active citizens and giving something back to the community – through their voluntary participation on the Youth Work Programme and direct face-to-face work, they have been involved in supporting
LYCS’s weekly clubs and residential weekends. They have matured greatly through the additional roles and responsibilities that they have taken on. • Role models – these young people have become role models in their community and have promoted a strong sense of volunteering among a wider group of young people in the inner city, who now want to become Junior Leader Volunteers. The CDYSB was established in 1942 by the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC) to support development of youth work in Dublin city. The Board of CDYSB has the responsibility to make recommendations to the CDVEC on all policies, strategic priorities and grant allocations. Board membership is composed of representatives from CDVEC and voluntary youth organisations.
to other local teenagers individually and specifically targeted those who were not already involved in local youth activities. This methodology was again used in the 2012 survey. Teenagers were asked why they were not currently involved in activities and what an organisation like LYCS could offer them.
“What more can be done to attract and include young people in existing services.”
Following on from the ‘Hanging Around’ research and report published in 2002 LYCS recently decided to revisit the issue. The new report gives an insight as to why some young people from the NEIC are not currently involved in existing Youth Services. It also provides an insight into the types of activities young people have expressed an interest in and would like to be involved with. Ten years ago LYCS commissioned Deirdre McCarthy (Community Technical Aid) to carry out a similar survey. It showed large numbers of young people had left school early and were disconnected from local services. This survey was successfully carried out by a number of local teenagers who went out and spoke
“We believe that this report is essential for organisations that wish to target those young people who are not currently engaging with local youth services in NEIC.”
This new survey has set a challenge to those providing services to teenagers in the area. It shows that there is a need for youth services to be communicating closely with teenagers, listening and responding to their needs, and to make efforts to ensure that young people feel they have an ownership over the services provided for them. This is necessary if they are to feel included in the changing world around them. LYCS believes that the information presented in this report can provide valuable guidance for existing youth services. You can view the report on the LYCS website at www.lycs.ie or get a copy from our office or phone 01 836 3416 to order your free copy.
Cian Dunne and Dylan Gavin at the LYCS Junior Leaders information evening and CDYSB celebration
Painting a picture of art success
n Andrea Keoghan (Ballybough) 1st place under-16s Art in Dublin Community Games March 2012 n Lauren Lindsay (Mary’s Mansions) won an art competition in Belvedere Youth Club n Luke Sunner, Andrea Behan, Lauren Behan, Gary Quinn, Caty Keoghan from Ballybough competed in the Art Final in the Dublin Community Games in 2012
n Naomi Demian (Mountjoy Square) 1st place in the Art Competition at the Community After Schools Project n Renee Ryan (Gloucester Place) Won an art competition in Belvedere club n Vanda Horvath (Temple Place) 1st place in Art competition 612yrs
NCCCAP have success in education and work experience
Photo: NCCCAP learners during a drama course Alanna Nolan, Kirsty Royle, Jasmine Mooney, Chantell Hanney, Jacqueline Maguire and Shauna Byrne. The young men are Robert Maher and Anthony Flood.
North City Centre Community Action Project
• Alanna Nolan (East Wall) NCCCAP completed courses in first aid, drama (voiceover, Acting), woodwork, computers Fetac Level 5. She also did hairdressing work experience (Rassmatazz) and with FM104 • Jacqueline Maguire (Dublin 1) NCCCAP did work experience with Local Employment Service • Jasmin Mooney (Dublin 1) NCCCAP did Fetac 3 And 4 in Fas Junior Cert and is doing my Leaving Cert this year, She also did work experience in my reception in Fas • Natasha O’Neill (Dublin 1) NCCCAP completed FETAC in woodwork Having a and is starting the Leaving
• Shaunna Byrne (Dublin 1) NCCCAP did work experience in Local Employment Service • Jordan Brady (Dublin 1) NCCCAP got certs from FAS and completed Leaving cert Maths and English and Won the Trainee of the Year in 2012 at NCCCAP • Roslyn Murphy (Dublin 1) NCCCAP completed courses in childcare, health & fitness and woodwork • Peter Gray (Dublin 1) NCCCAP goot certs from FAS, did the Leaving Cert and worked part time in a bar • Michael Knowd (Dublin 1) NCCCAP did work experience in the Hutton & Meade garage and when he completed this he was given a Saturday job washing cars
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Coming up smelling of roses for ‘Dirty Old Towns’
LYCS Community Training Centre (CTC)
CTC – provides training and education programmes for 40 early school leavers
n 40 Learners participated in
a wide variety of work placements during the summer.
n 50% of learners progressed
onto employment and/or education
n 30 Learners who left the
centre were tracked and offered support and advice on progression options for 6 months after leaving the centre
n Approx. 220 FETAC Level 3
& 4 Certificates were awarded for individual modules over the last year
n 30 former Learners were
provided with welfare support/information and progression options.
n There are over 80 young
people on a waiting list to join CTC
Yasmine Dunne LYCS Youth Programme
Yasmin Dunne – Making Waves
Age: 19 years From: Patrick Heaney Crescent, Sean McDermott Street Member of: LYCS Youth Work Programme from the age of 10 LYCS Junior Leader since 2010 volunteering with various groups on weekend trips out of Dublin and in evening clubs with younger participants. LYCS Youth Work Programme Training: Youth Leadership, Development Education, Arts & Crafts, IT, First Aid, Child Protection and Welfare. Adventure Club outdoor pursuits including: kayaking, abseiling, climbing, skiing, swimming, Secondary education: Junior cert and Leaving cert Further Education: • Crumlin College of Further Education - 2 year course in Sports Therapy - 1st year: holistic massage, onsite massage, fitness, nutrition, water/life safety, anatomy & physiology. - 2nd year: aromatherapy, reflexology, sports massage, pilates, sports psychology, nutrition, anatomy & physiology. • Irish Water Safety Certificates: Safety 1,2,3,4. Rescue 1 & 2. Challenge 1 & 2. Endurance 1 & 2. Pool Lifeguard. Travel: Went to Africa with school for 2 weeks. Camping and survival trips with LYCS around Ireland. In her own words: “I moved to London in October and I am now training with a well known spa and fitness company - Steiner. My aim, once I finish this course is to work for Steiner as a Spa Therapist on a cruise ship. I am doing different courses over here including hot-stone therapy, deep tissue massage, seaweed wrap and many more new therapies. I am also being trained in retail sales. The training will take six weeks and if successful I will sign a nine month contract!” The next move for Yasmin could be cruising around the Caribbean!
LYCS Community Training Centre (CTC) participants in the Dirty Old Town community garden development
The highly successful RTE TV community make-over programme visited the North East Inner City (NEIC) in 2012 and LYCS was instrumental in making things happen. It was hosted by the ever-charming gardener and TV presenter Diarmuid Gavin who seemed to be genuinely interested in the local community. According to RTE “This series is not about the government or the council, it is not about TV sprinkling its stardust, it is about local people doing it for themselves.” The project, led by Trevor Nugent carried out a make-over on a derelict piece of land off Rutland Street and created a really busy set of allotments and a community garden. It was an opportunity for the local community to show the nation that there still are strong community bonds in the inner city.
“This series is not about the government or the council, it is not about TV sprinkling its stardust, it is about local people doing it for themselves.”
On the 15th March the Farmers Hill community garden was opened to the public. After months of hard work clearing the site, it was an opportunity for local people to admire their handy work. Some of the young people from the LYCS Community Training Centre (CTC) who assisted with the community garden as part of the Dirty Old Towns programme were: • Gary Burke • Ryan Curtis • Glen Farrell • Graham Duffy • Lesley Egan • Kellie Burke
Some of the many other LYCS CTC participant successes
Here are just some of the many other LYCS CTC participant successes: • Gary Burke - currently plays soccer with Bohemians Soccer Club, has volunteered as a young leader with the Belvedere Youth Club • Ryan Curtis - currently professional Primal Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) instructor with his Club in Finglas. He was an extra in the Film War of the Buttons and has helped out as a volunteer in local senior citizen’s home • Glen Farrell - currently plays with East Wall football club and is a member of the Neighbourhood Youth Project 2 (NYP2) and has visited Germany on a youth exchange • Michael Sattell - currently plays with O’Casey Celtic football club, was an extra in the Veronica Guerin Film, has volunteered with the Adventure Sports Project (ASP) and has helped out as a volunteer in the local senior citizen’s home • Chelsea Coughlan - helped out at a local crèche as a volunteer and is a member of the Swan Youth Club • Jocelyn Byrne - won gold medal for school in the shot-put competition. She has also been a youth leader in a local youth club and was chosen as a ‘buddy’ to incoming first years while she was in school. In addition she was awarded Student of the Year while in school • Melissa Brazil - performed in the Funtasia Play as part of Belvedere Youth Club, played football while in school and represented her club in various competitions • Lesley Egan - chosen as a buddy to incoming first years while she was in school and competed in dance competitions • Christopher Dowling - volunteered with the Adventure Sports Project
Vive le France!... says the Adventure Sports Project
Some of the young people involved with the Adventure Sports Project (ASP) planned and participated in a youth exchange programme with a youth group from Auch, in southern France. Those who took part were Jade Ralf, Jacko Boyle, Chelsea Crawley, Melissa McDonagh, Roslynn McCann, Erie McCann, Lisa O’Neill, Daneille Burnett, Shelly Walsh and Rona Whelan. Another ASP project involved engaging young people to work as volunteer youth leaders helping vulnerable young people. This involved attendance at a weekly programme and on a residential trip. Those involved were Martina Wheeler, Pat Ogelsby, Sean McMahon, Lee Brazil, Ian McDonagh, and Derek Burnett. For more on ASP see article Adventure Sports Project teens are busy people but make time to fund raise for cancer.
Jim McLoughlin (far right) with the LYCS Community Training Centre (CTC) ‘Woodwork Group’
Margaret Hayes, CDYSB and Sarah Kelleher, Director LYCS, reviewing the first copy of The Champion.
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They ‘raise us up’ through volunteering & fundraising
n After School Education
and Support (ASESP) members won the Tony Gregory Cavan Environmental Award
n After School Education
and Support Teen Peer Group 11-13yrs won EcoUNESCO Young Environmentalist Award
Young people allocate funds to projects through Youth Bank
Performing roll of honour
• Anna Motsonlidze (Brunswick Street) 4th place in piano competition New Park School, 4th in Irish dancing competition • Bien Vergara (Bachelor’s Walk) was in the top 10 in talent show • Demi Cunningham (Sean Mac Dermot Street) got 6th place in a freestyle dance competition in Wales at the 5 Nations Competition. • Francheska Banguis (Gardiner St.) was involved in a cheerleading Competition in the Philippines • Ghenedie Saracuta (Island Bridge) Received certificate for acting in school • Jacqueline Maguire (Dublin 1) NCCCAP did drama classes at the Abbey Theatre • Jasmine Donnery (Dublin 1) won karaoke completion in Belvedere Youth Club • Jasmin Mooney (Dublin 1) NCCCAP did drama at the Abbey Theatre and did loads of variety shows Annie, Grease and High School Musical and also did a voice over recording in Foley Street Lab • Katelyn Conroy came 1st in the Belvedere Youth Club karaoke competition • Kellie Burke has danced with the Rising Stars Dancing club • Kirsty Royal (Portland Row) NCCCAP did drama at the Abbey Theatre and did voice recording for a drama about the Talbot St bombing • Keisha Rock (Summerhill Place) LYCS won a trophy for dancing and a singing competition • Leah Cleary (Ballybough) was involved in drama and disco dancing • Nadine Carroll from Champions Ave. competed in a dancing competition in the UK • Niamh Fagan from Mary’s Mansions sang in the Belvedere Production. • Samantha Coleman, Kelsey Ferlong, Karl Doyle, Ian Taplin, Dave O’Brien all took part in the Irish Youth Music Awards writing songs, completing a number of music industry tasks to earn points to try and win the competition • Scott Graham (East wall) starred in the film ‘Pentecost’ which was nominated for an Oscar • Shaunna Byrne (Dublin 1) NCCCAP did drama at the Abbey Theatre and did a voice over for a local production about the bombing in Talbot Street
n Chantelle Murphy, Ciara
Grant, Aoife O’Keeffe (Ballybough) attended the ‘Think Big’ workshop which covered awareness of mental health
n Daniel Hyland (Sherriff
St.), After School Education and Support won a CDYSB Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteer Youth Work
n Gerard Brennan LYCS did
lots of volunteer youth work with SWAN Youth Services
n Samantha Delamere
(Liberty House) raised €173.62 for Irish Cancer Society
LYCS Youth Bank L-R: Miles, Liam O’Dwyer (Irish Youth Foundation), Nicola, Michael and Stacey.
n Shelia Ryan Larkin
College helps the community with my school
Youth Bank is a unique way of involving young people in community activity. This as an all-island network of grant-making committees in Ireland run by young people themselves.
The North Inner City (NEIC) Youth Bank involves Jemma Hart, Nicola Tierney, Stacey Byrne and Jamie Hynes and was established in September 2009. It’s aim is to make small grants to youth-led
activities in the NEIC area of Dublin. One of the Youth Bank grants supported the creation of a new innovate financial awareness programme developed for young people.
Young people and after schools club have fun in the swimming pool
‘Caring and Sharing’ gives the young people of LYCS Youth Work Programme an opportunity to help with its own crèche. In particular, they assist during visits to the Sean MacDermott Street Swimming Pool with the children of the LYCS Crèche each Wednesday afternoon. According to crèche staff “Without the support of the Youth Work Programme participants we would not be able to give our children the opportunity to mix with young people in the pool’
Supporting the Simon Community and Irish Guide Dogs
Last year St Laurence O’Toole’s CBS raised money for the Simon Community through their festive singing. This year the boys decided to raise money for another great cause, one that is so important to many visually impaired people - Irish Guide Dogs. The Larriers, through their efforts helped a number of people gain greater mobility and independence. It is very important to the boys, that “we can always help somebody and make a difference through their time, effort and talent”. In 2012 the Larriers raised over €1,100 for these great causes!
LYCS YouthBank L-R Rebecca, Stacey and Jemma
Charity begins with NEIC youth
• Damien Dunne (Dublin 1) NCCCAP helps at Belvedere Youth club • Danielle McAuley (North Strand) and Dean Mooney (Sean O’Casey Avenue) won special volunteer awards for their work on a social housing project in Romania • Leon Macken took part in Shave or Dye with NYP2 for cancer research • Robyn Cumiskey (Sean Mac Dermot Street) LYCS, received badges in Scouts, an achievement badge for Dog’s Trust and is aiming for a tourist medal. • Sarah Lester, Alesha Delaney, Kirsty Doran, Caitlin Farrell all organized an event for local women for International Women’s Day which included info about women’s issues, a Zumba class, beauty treatments, massages, etc. • Vasil Stoychev also helped to organize a charity football match with ASP and NYP2 • Wayne Meehan volunteered at NYP2 and in Northern Ireland • William Brogan (Dublin 1) NCCCAP volunteer in my local youth club
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LYCS youth get into the “great outdoors’ for a better life in the NEIC Adventure Club
For many years Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS) Youth Work Programme has promoted outdoor adventure activities as a route to positive living for the young people of the North East Inner City (NEIC). Adventure activities include kayaking, sailing, rock-climbing and swimming. In 2008 the NEIC Adventure Club became an independent programme, overseen by a group of young people who had been members for several years. They committed their time and expertise to the programme in the knowledge that the running of it was totally in their hands. After a transition period under the guidance of Thomas Dunne, (LYCS Youth Worker), the programme is now thriving under the stewardship of the young volunteers themselves. The group meets every second Saturday for a day packed with adventure. They choose different sports depending on the weather and availability.
LYCS Youth Programme Junior Leader Jamie O’Brien
One of the board members is Jamie O’Brien (20) from Gloucester Diamond. Jamie reckons he first came through the doors of LYCS at the age of five. He became a volunteer leader at 14 and became a board member of the Adventure Club in 2008. Jamie explained that budgeting is one of the most important functions of the board. When they get their budget at the start of the year they must plan for the whole year and remain within the budget, otherwise they may leave a lot of young people disappointed every second
“Young people committed their time and expertise to the programme in the knowledge that the running of it was totally in their hands.”
Saturday. He was quick to point out that this has never happened. Having started an adventure sports course in St. Kevin’s College, Crumlin, Jamie got the opportunity to get some practical experience in Crumlin Leisure Centre. He now works as a relief staff, covering in the gym, the pool and the office. Jamie has achieved certificates at all levels of water safety, culminating in a pool life guard qualification. His experience in LYCS has been fundamental to his career choice and he plans to return to college in the near future to complete his academic qualifications. Of course the board members are also leaders and they still take an active role in the trips. Jamie’s biggest thrill is watching a young person overcome their fears. He believes that overcoming a fear in one aspect of life can give you the confidence to take a chance in other aspects of life, and who would argue with a young man who has achieved so much. “Young people on the board of NEIC Adventure Club see their future in adventure sports and with his current qualifications Jamie is well on the way to fulfilling his ambitions.”
Surﬁng - LYCS Youth Work Programme
Cliff Jumping - LYCS Youth Work Programme
Cycling - LYCS Youth Work Programme
LYCS Youth Programme Junior Leader Warren Farrell
Another young man who completed his Life Guard certificate through LYCS is Warren Farrell (21). Warren, from Patrick Heaney Crescent, is the secretary of NEIC adventure club. He also came through ‘the ranks’ of LYCS Youth Programme and like Jamie was a volunteer at 14. Warren explained some of the strategies that the board employ year on year. They try to ensure senior volunteers become qualified as instructors
Young ‘Volunteer of the Year’
Kayleigh Conway has volunteered with the Cavan Centre for the last 12 months. The Cavan Centre is a Community Development project offering residential programmes to marginalised and disadvantaged communities, groups and individuals of all ages. Kayleigh’s duties included working with groups (adult, disability, youth, family and minority). She assisted with preparation of rooms, assisting with running activities (climbing and kayaking) and assisting with packing away equipment after activities. According to staff she has a great work ethic and an excellent manner. During her time at the Cavan Centre, she also received a Level 3 Kayak skills award and has started training as Kayaking instructor. As a result of her commitment and energy, she received the Cavan Centre Young Volunteer of the Year award in October 2012. Kayleigh was also nominated and received an Outstanding Voluntary Achievement Award at the CDYSB Annual Volunteer Awards in November.
when possible. This develops their independence because they need qualified instructors present when they participate in adventure sports. At present, they employ the services of the Catholic Youth Council (CYC), who have been very helpful over the years as guides and instructors. Eventually they hope to have enough local volunteers qualified in all of the adventure sports. Warren’s favourite sport is rock-climbing and the club usually head to Dalkey, Larkin College or Westwood gym to climb. He keeps fit by going to the gym every day and hopes to take-up a career in fitness. He says they rarely have to deal with discipline issues. He believes that the young people know the volunteers and they respect their authority, this promotes an air of mutual respect within the club. Warren has over 2000 hours of volunteer work under his belt; however he does not spend all of his time in the club. When he gets a chance to unwind he enjoys a bit of dance, rhythm and blues and hip-hop.
Teenage Volunteer youth workers providing a vital support in these days of funding cutbacks
A wide range of young people have been recruited and trained as volunteer youth workers in Adventure Sports Project (ASP). While they gain skills and confidence, local community projects, gain vital supports in these days of ongoing government cutbacks. Some of the participants in these programmes were: • Martina Whelan (Summerhill) volunteer youth worker helping young people at drop-in, group activities and residential trips. • Lee Brazil, Derek Burnet, Ian McDonagh and Sean McMahon (of Sean O’Casey Avenue) along with Desmond Sheridan (North Great Charles Street) volunteer youth worker helping young people at drop-in, group activities and on residential trips. Raised funding for charity organisation by climbing second highest mountain in Ireland and organising charity football matches with NYP2 • Pato Ogelsby (Gloucester Place) - volunteer youth worker helping young people at drop-in, group activities and residential trips and as lifeguard.
LYCS Youth Programme Junior Leader Christopher Oglesby
Christopher Oglesby (22) is Chairman of the Board of NEIC Adventure Club. He has the responsibility for signing-off on any decisions that the board make. He believes that his main responsibility is the “smooth running” of
the club. Christopher, from The Diamond, attended Larkin Community College and admits that he enjoyed school. He has developed a bit of an addiction (a healthy one) for extreme adventure sports. His favourite sports are snorkelling and cliff jumping. Christopher says the NEIC Adventure Club is working with CYC to train more local young people to become qualified to lead groups on trips. His greatest trip was in 2010 when they went to the Wicklow Mountains during the big snow. They made up snowboards and boarded down the mountains. It’s the anticipation and the unpredictable nature of adventure trips that excites Christopher. Like other members of the board, Christopher sees his future in adventure sports and with his current qualifications he is well on the way to fulfilling his ambitions.
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What happens in a women’s world
Swan Youth Service based in St Agatha’s Hall, recently organized a project examining the role of women in society. This involved a group of women participants and youth workers producing a leaflet titled ‘What happens in a woman’s world’. It all started with the youth workers engaging in discussions with the participants about equality and women’s issues. The reaction of the participants was (in their own words) “To be honest we were a bit like what are you talking about? We are equal to men, we can be whatever we want to be”. As they did some research on the subject their knowledge and appreciation of the issues increased. Some of the revelations “really shocked and annoyed“ them. The fact that women in Ireland earn 17% less for the same work as men. They also learned about the sex trade that exists in Ireland. They then wanted to know if Ireland was the only country where this was the case so they ended up looking at the facts from around the world. annoy some people, which it did. They “got a few angry faces at the doors but many more importantly than this they got a huge positive response”. People, just like them were shocked by what they read and some thought we were really brave for putting it out there. “Over the next few weeks we saw people reading it and felt really proud. We thought it would have just been thrown in the bin”. Because they enjoyed this project so much and got a good response from the community they wanted to do something else. As a result they held an International Women’s Day event. It offered women some workshops and a choice of a treatment - a chance to spoil themselves a little. This event was used to raise a small amount of money which was donated to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. A final comment from the participants sums up the impact of the project. “We really enjoyed learning about the situation for women and getting to do our bit in standing up for women’s rights. We’d encourage all women in the community - young and old - to do the same”. The participants involved included: • Christina McCarthy • Michaela Black • Leigha Halpin • Lauren Lawless • Claire Boyle • Lauren Heavey • Julieann Murphy
Gardening, acting, professional soccer LYCS CTC
SWAN Centre participants who produced the leaﬂet
facts about the situation for women in Ireland. They wanted people to know also that there is support out there so they put the contact numbers of women’s services on it. When they had learned enough to produce the leaflet they considered what they would do with it. They all felt that “there was no point in having it sitting looking pretty, we wanted people especially women to read it and learn what they had learned”.
LYCS Community Training Centre (CTC) participants have been involved in a vast range of activity over the years. Whether it was working on community gardens, volunteering with youth clubs or acting on stage and screen, the LYCS CTC participants have been there.
“In LYCS CTC 40 early school leavers have the opportunity to gain certified training in FETAC Foundation andLevels 3 and 4. They can also undertake the Junior Cert in a range of modules and subjects.”
“To be honest we were a bit like “what are you talking about? “, “we are equal to men”, “we can be whatever we want to be”.
The participants decided they wanted to learn more and spread the word. With that in mind they decided to design a leaflet with some of the most frightening
“They got a few angry faces at the doors about the services for women leaflet but many more importantly than this they got a huge positive response.”
The group sent the leaflet to local schools, services and agencies and encouraged them to put them on display. They also took it further and put one in the door of every household in the North Wall area. This was a huge step as this is the community where they all live and are well known and they knew that the subject would
Lifeskills, digital photography and jobs for North Wall CTC participants
Katherine Sanky (Art tutor), Aisling Golden (Youth worker) and Julianne Murphy (participant) from the Swan Youth Service working on piece of art for the Violence Against Women event.
LYCS Community Employment Scheme (CE)
LYCS operates a CE Scheme with 33 participants some of whom are based in LYCS while others are placed in community projects throughout the north inner city. For enquiries about the LYCS CE Programme contact Ed Murphy on (01) 8363416 or (01) 8365984 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants from North Wall Community Training Centre (CTC) have had many irons in the fire in 2012. Whether it was participating in Life-skills Classes, digital photography or finding work - they got stuck in. One group completed a creative writing course with ‘Fighting Words Centre’ off Jones Road and had their work published in The Irish Times. The young learners in the Digital Media Class were delighted to be shortlisted for an AONTAS STAR Award for adult learning and have their work showcased as part of the AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival which took place from 20 -24 February 2012. The nomination was for their Digital Media learners. In particular, for organizing two public photo-
graphic exhibitions in the CHQ building in the IFSC. The second exhibition attracted thousands of viewers as it took place during the Dublin Tall Ships Festival. A final group of seven got jobs working in the National Convention Centre and they are: • Lee Burnett • Glen Cahill • Anthony Doyle • Dylan Small • Thomas Walsh • Daniel Richardson • Dylan O’Leary All the photographs were taken and edited by North Wall CTC learners. The work formed part of their portfolios which led to certification in Digital Media and Digital Photography
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Larriers are ‘Young Scientists today and film stars tomorrow?
Interview by David Owens, LYCS CTC Literacy Teacher
Recently I visited St Lawrence O’Toole’s CBS in Seville Place affectionately know as the “Larriers’ in connection with their entry into the BT Young Scientist competition. My reason for the visit was the fact that this group of students were the first Larriers - now in 6th class - in the long history of the school to enter the competition. Before I could get into the meat of their science project I was diverted into their latest venture a short film more on that later. Einsteins they were busily working away for Mr. Bailey their Science teacher. Before I could ask them any questions about the science project, they insisted that I take a look at their “latest” movie, ‘Zombies in the Yard’. This nine minute chiller left me in no doubt that I was in the presence of future greatness. The special effects were fantastic and the standard of acting was sublime. One of the stars of the movie, John Hutch, spoke to me about his
“There is a wonderful air of mutual respect for the variety of strengths and interests amongst this group of young people, whether that strength or interest is sporting or academic. When I asked them how they rate their teachers they replied as one – ‘deadly’.”
Ballybough young people at the Community Games 2012
Dancing and running their way to success in Ballybough
Ballybough Youth Project aims to provide young people between the ages of 10-21 with a quality youth work service late afternoon and evening time. “The mission of Ballybough Youth Project is to empower young people to make informed decisions so as to become active participants in their own lives and active citizens in their local community. “ Ballybough Dance Group (BDG) members Jemma Heeney, Sydney Bates, Chloe Power, Chloe Williamson, Kelsie Brodshaw, Niamh McMahon got 1st place Dance Act in Dublin Community Games in March 2012. Also from BDG Chloe Power, Carly Keoghan, Kathy Finnegan, Nadine McNally, Chloe Williamson, Kelsie Bradshaw, Sydney Bates, Cody Gahan who got 1st place in the Got to Dance talent competition Feb 2011. The second year dance team from Ballybough Youth Centre represented Dublin in the Community Games. The team included Chloe Willoman, Gemma Heaney, Chloe Power, Kelsey Bradshaw and Dylan Fay. Scott Fay (Sheriff St) is another success from Ballybough Youth Project in the football league. He got trophies and a kickboxing medal for the best kick-boxer. On sports day he won six medals and one trophy. Ryan Murphy, who plays football and GAA with his school, is also involved in Ballybough Youth Project. In addition, he is into boxing, art, and “loads of other stuff “ according to himself. If that was not enough he says, the Youth Project members “sometimes go on trips to the mountains” no less. Ballybough Youth Centre participant Stephen Doran achieved a major personal success in his school band where he went from bass guitar to lead singer. He also plays for his school Gaelic team and got a silver medal for hurling on sports day. Finally, the Ballybough Youth Centre also represented Dublin in the Community Games in crosscountry and model making. There are many more successful young people from Ballybough mentioned throughout this newspaper
St Laurence O’Toole's CBS Fifth Class 'Larriers' who became the ﬁrst pupils from this school to participate in the Young Scientist Exhibition with their project 'It's getting Hot in Here!'
“This nine minute chiller left me in no doubt that I was in the presence of future greatness. The special effects were fantastic and the standard of acting was sublime.”
Out of hundreds of Young Scientist competition entries, they were chosen to display at the RDS; a huge complement for their efforts. Their project, ‘It’s Getting Hot in Here’ studied the effect of greenhouse gases on the life of the polar bear. Over three months, they also studied the levels of air pollution
memories of the Young Scientist project. John; a big Man United fan, was “blown away” by the ability of his classmates. Being very modest about his own contribution, he heaped praise on those around him, a typical Larrier, talented and modest too. John’s classmate, Lee Byrne, was equally modest about his talents. According to Lee, the best part of the science project was answering questions on their exhibit in the RDS. He said it felt really good to be able to answer questions from people of all ages and all backgrounds and he was surprised that so many people were interested in
books. According to Anthony there are great opportunities for avid readers in the school because they have an extensive library. Pierce O’Leary also made a great contribution to the project. He is a member of Docklands Boxing Club and he has great plans for the future. He has already won the Dublin boxing league and got to the semis of the Leinsters. He recently played a football match for the school with a bruise stretching from his knee to his hip. Mr O’Leary was reluctant to play him, given his injury. However, Pierce insisted on playing and put in an amazing
St Laurence O’Toole's CBS 'Larriers' BT Young Scientist entrants
around their school in Seville Place. The results were not good, so they did a survey to find out the impact that the pupils and teachers were having on the local environment. The most encouraging statistic that came out of the study is that 70 out of 86 walked or cycled to school, with minimal impact on the local environment. When I visited these budding
their project. Lee also thanked the teachers for their contribution to the project and he included Miss O’Carroll, Miss Sunderland and Miss Collins. Another great performer was Anthony Kane, who played the suave news reporter in the Zombies movie; he “got the suit off sir”. Anthony takes guitar lessons in the school guitar club and he has also read every one of the Harry Potter
display. According to Mr O’Leary, “he is the toughest kid I have ever seen”. There is a wonderful air of mutual respect for the variety of strengths and interests amongst this group of young people, whether that strength or interest is sporting or academic. When I asked them how they rate their teachers they replied as one - “deadly”.
Ballybough Dance Group winners
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Adventure Sports teens are busy people but make time to fund raise for cancer
Adventure Sports Project popularly known as ASP ‘does what it says on the tin’ providing adventure sports for young people in the NEIC. Based in Rutland Street it also offers informal educational and youth work programmes. A group of teenage volunteers from the ASP in Rutland Street raised over €2000 for teen cancer charity CanTeen. They did it as part of their qualification for Trainee Youth Worker certification; for which they were required to contribute their services to the community and decided to fundraise through sport. They received sponsorship for organising a Staff v Volunteers soccer match, taking part in a triathlon and, climbing Carrauntoohil the highest mountain in Ireland.
Adventure Sports Project (ASP) trainee youth work programme on the top of Lugnaquilla
Ballybough All Stars Dance Group
there, he will apply to Maynooth and pursue a degree in youth work. When not working in the Cavan Centre, Ian takes the opportunity to chill with his mates in the Drop-in facility at the project. He says his old mates are happy to catch-up with him as long as he doesn’t start playing his favourite tunes; old school dance music from the 80’s.
We all love a dance to lift our spirits and lose ourselves for a short while. But dance has numerous benefits research has shown. Being an aerobic exercise it is good for our fitness, heart, lungs, body shape and our mind. As well as being healthy it’s also good craic. Another NEIC success story was the competitors in dance competitions particularly Energy Dance which had winners in many dance competitions which included: n Amy Carroll, Supreme Irish Champion, World Championship 3rd Place n Emma Lawlor, Freestyle All Ireland Starters U16 n Hannah Maguire, Irish Champion, European Champion, World Champion, Disco Kids Champion n Jodie Li Fynn, World Championship Runner Up n Nicole Byrne, Supreme Irish Starter Champion n Tomasz Yakimiak (Dublin 1) took part in Breakdancing underground Some other dance competition winners were: n Chloe Tighe, Elite Championship Winner World Championship Intermediate Winner n Alicia O’Brien won a hip hop competition. Danced for International Women’s Day n Katie Harrison (Ballybough) went to Sean O’Casey theatre to learn hip-hop and became involved in the attempt to break a dance world record in Tallaght. She was also in a Billy Barry Play and in her school play Calamity Jane. n Ellie O’Brien, Jessica Kirwan, Cody Dunne, Kayleigh Sloan and Britney Ryan North Strand all danced for International Women’s day at Swan Youth Service n Robyn Brady (Champions Ave) got 1st place in the Freestyle Dance competition at the Trabolgan All Ireland 2011 Dance Competition n Lizi Trapaidze (Hill St.) was winner of Georgian Dance Competition 2011 n Chloe Hanney (Gardiner St.) won a medal in a dance competition. n Brandon Purtill won a trophy with Francesca’s Dance Club n Casey Lawlor (Summerhill) came 1st in a Freestyle Dancing Competition in Wales. She also saved a girl from drowning in a swimming pool. n Caitlyn Keogh (Avondale House) won Best Splits in a dance competition n Brooklyn Lawlor (Sean O’Casey Ave) won 2nd place in Freestyle dancing at Francesca’s Dance Club
“CanTeen Ireland is a nation-wide support group for young people who have or have had cancer, and for their brothers, sisters and friends.”
One of the volunteers was Lee Brazil. Lee admits that he was brought down to the project at the age of 10 because he was “carrying on”. Lee believes that the project changed his outlook on life. It gave him the opportunity to explore activities that he was good at. He is very open about the fact that he found very good role models in the project and they have been a very positive influence in his life. Lee is also a big Liverpool fan and has been a regular visitor to Anfield over the years. Ian McDonagh (19) joined the project at 13. He is very determined to become involved in youth work as a career and has very definite plans on how to achieve that goal. Although he left Larkin Community College in 5th year, he continued his studies in Youthreach. He now works in the Cavan Centre; gaining vital experience, and plans to apply to Liberties College next year. From
“These young people are very determined to become involved in youth work as a career and have very definite plans on how to achieve that goal.”
Another one of the super fundraisers from ASP is Derek Burnett (19). Derek is currently completing an ECDL course with a view to reapplying for a soccer scholarship in the USA. He returned from Hinds Community College in Mississippi last year after only a month, because he felt he was not ready for this big adventure at the time. Derek is currently playing soccer with the very successful Sheriff YC and enjoying it, but he believes he can make the grade in college soccer in the USA. His ECDL qualification will boost his chances of returning. He is now in contact with Coffeyville Community College in Kansas and believes he has a good chance of returning to the USA in a more mature state of mind than previously. Unfortunately, it was not possible to interview the final fundraiser, Sean McMahon, but he, along with his colleagues, deserves great praise for their efforts in the fight against teen cancer.
The main maths guy
Gtjtis Daujotas (Wolfe Tone Street) calculated 12 billion decimal places of Pi on his computer
First Steps Creche
Safe, fun, learning environment for chidren
k 75 places for children from 1-5 years each day in our full-time and sessional creche. k After schools service for children aged 5-10 years k Free Pre-School Places available. k Children learn through play k Helps prepare children for primary school k Supported by a team qualified childcare workers k 20 years experience k Provides work based training for CE workers and Jobs Initiative staff Many of the parents of the children who use the creche are drawn from all four programmes within LYCS and live locally. For enquiries about the LYCS First Steps Creche contact Lesley Strahan on (01) 8363416 or (01) 8365984. Email email@example.com. You can find us on Facebook by searching for LYCS-First-Steps-Creche
Larriers embrace Seachtain na Gaeilge
The Larriers (St Laurence O’Toole’s CBS pupils ) embraced Seachtain na Gaeilge last March 2012 and by all accounts had a wonderful time. They were ‘ag caint as Gaeilge i rith na lae’ ‘le haghaidh rudaí gnáth’. They had a number of guest speakers such as Niall de Burcá and Niall Ring who both told wonderful stories, from Irish myths and legends to the history of 1916 in our local area. The boys participated in a ceilí, a local community parade and celebrated with their own fashion parade on St. Patrick’s Day. According to all it was a great week, “maith sibh Larriers, tá mé bródúil as libh go léir!”
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Higher, faster, stronger – sport for all
Making water sports safe
St Laurence O’Toole’s CBS pupils put through their paces at boxing training
Boxing clever with the ‘Larriers’
The Larriers boys participated in the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) winning Bronze and Silver again this year. This is a superb sports programme that is fun and promotes important skills such as balance, coordination and reaction. Both Paul Quinn Boxing Development Officer and Michael Carruth, Ireland’s Olympic medalists, called in to present the boys with their awards. A big congratulations to all, especially to the Larriers’ Boxer of the Year, Alex!
Swimming like a fish
– The Belvo 8
This group christened themselves the ‘Belvo 8’ because they completed water safety and pool lifeguard certificates in the Belvedere College swimming pool. Yasmin Dunne, Sinead McDermott, Calvin O’Brien, Thomas Towell, Glen Farrell, Alan Molloy, Christopher Tobin and Greg Moroney were very supportive of each other and there was a great sense of teamwork among them. They were involved in the Irish Water Safety and the LYCS programme and completed certificates in: • Safety levels 1,2,3,4 • Rescue levels 1,2, • Challenge 1 & 2 • Endurance 1 & 2 • Basic Life Support 1 & 2 • Pool life guard Three young men, James Doran, David Duffy and Cian Dunne, are currently aiming towards achieving a pool lifeguard certificate. On their journey so far they have achieved certificates in: • Safety levels 1,2,3,4 • Challenge 1 & 2 • Endurance 1 & 2 • Basic Life Support 1 They hope to go on and complete their rescue certificates and then qualify as Pool Lifeguards.
While water safety may not be an obvious skill required by residents in the NEIC they in fact live in close proximity to the Royal Canal, the Dublin Docklands and of course the River Liffey. Numerous young people in the area have qualified to a high degree in various facets of water safety. The knock on effect of this training has meant that these young people have become positive role models locally and have encouraged others to get involved too. The Water Safety Programme develops young people’s fitness levels, swimming techniques and builds their confidence. They also have been awarded Irish Water Safety certified at various levels. This has generated a massive interest in water safety among the younger club members. Here are some of the teenagers who have got involved in water safety through a programme run by the LYCS Youth Work Programme
Warren Farrell achieved certificates in • • • • • • Safety levels 1,2,3,4 Rescue levels 1,2,3,4 Challenge 1 & 2 Endurance 1 & 2 Basic Life Support 1 & 2 Pool life guard
Christopher Ogelsby completed his instructor’s certificate in Irish water safety in recent years. He volunteers one night per week for the last two years teaching other young people from the community water safety. During his time with the water safety programme Christopher has had 100% attendance and achieved certificates in • • • • • • Safety levels 1,2,3,4 Rescue levels 1,2,3,4 Challenge 1 & 2 Endurance 1 & 2 Basic Life Support 1 & 2 Pool life guard
Jamie O’Brien achieved certificates in • • • • • Safety levels 1,2,3,4 Rescue levels 1,2,3,4 Challenge 1 & 2 Endurance 1 & 2 Basic Life Support 1 & 2
Development Education is a major part of the LYCS Adult Education Programme. We provide training for: • Community educators • Community development workers in this area. It involves exploring issues relevant to the community from local and global perspectives.
This work is funded by Irish Aid.
Jordan Ryan, Katie Harrison, Andrea Behan, Dylan Couch, Luke Sumer, Sean Harwingan and Dylan Fay from Ballybough completed the Irish Water Safety Swim Test in 2012
Chess check mates
n Ana Cristea (Parnell St) Won trophy for best girl in Chess Championship Feb 2012 n Filip Sokolowski (Custom House Harbour) won a chess competition in 3rd class in Poland n Luciana and Ana Cristea (Parnell Street) 1st and 2nd place in the Stillorgan Chess Tournament 8-14 year olds
For further information on LYCS’s work in development education contact Rachel Dempsey on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Rachel or Helena on 01- 8230860. For further information see www.lycs.ie
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Higher, faster, stronger – sport for all
For travelling NEIC youth the world is their oyster
Roy Kearns’s trip to Zambia
Roy Kearns is 18 and has recently started attending LYCS CTC to do the ECDL computer programme. Roy attended O’ Connells Secondary school where he was chosen, along with another 8 students to go on a trip to Zambia in February 2011. He stayed in Lusaka for 2 days and then spent 15 days with the Dream Livingstone project in Livingstone. He visited schools, tribal areas, hospices, support groups for people living with HIV or AIDS. He also visited a school for 3 to 11 year olds were all the young people suffered from HIV. Roy was struck by the stark reality of poverty in the places he visited. People were dependant on food aid, which at the time of his visit was in danger of being cut. The children are given one meal in school, which is probably the only meal they get every day. Young people had to eat very poor quality food out of broken bowls, and used their hands or broken rulers as spoons. Roy was also amazed at how happy they seemed to be even though they had so little. School days were made up with singing, dancing, putting on performances and writing poems. They didn’t even have a real football, they stuff a plastic bag and use it as a football. Reflecting on his experience he said that while young people here in Ireland have a lot, young people in Zambia barely have their needs fulfilled. Roy also got to visit Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Walking across the bridge there was a fantastic experience. He was absolutely drenched!! He says that when he came back to Dublin it took him a while to realise what a great opportunity it was to visit such a different place at 16 years old. He would go again!, and recommends any young person who is interest to take the opportunity if offered. LYCS offers training in Development Education which explores local issues from a global perspective. Please contact Helena or Rachel in LYCS if you are interested on 01 8363416.
Ballybough young people at the Community Games
Sports roll of honour
• Andrea Behan, Lauren Behan (Ballybough) took part in the Great Ireland Run 2Km • Cory Grouse (Four Courts) 2nd place Docklands Club Boxing Competition • David Maher (North Cumberland St) 3rd in a swimming race and achieved high standard in his boxing club • Dara Hayes (Dublin 3) NCCCAP played for Ballybough Celtic • Dean Hogg (Dublin 1) NCCCAP won youth boxing leagues some years ago • Devan Maher (North Cumberland Street) 3rd swimming race in Dublin • Devon Giurgi (East Wall D3) took part in Sheriff street under 11s soccer league • Dane Black (Dublin 17) NCCCAP won player of the year during the league win • Dylan Coffery (Mary’s Mansion) Stella Maris league winners under 10 • Francis Brady (Foley Street) Sheriff United C league winners ages 4-11s • Gary Burke (Dublin 1) NCCCAP played in the all Ireland’s for Belvedere FC he was also Setanta Sports cup winners Player of the Year for Belvedere and played with Bohemians which was the BT Cup Winner DDSL League Winner • George Mare NYP2 took part in the SARI anti-rascim competition • Honiss Shamlioli (Dublin 1) 2nd running championship and 1st basketball shots competition • Gerard Brennan LYCS won 3 cups as captain for his schools soccer team, 2 cups for his soccer team. He is also setting up a 5a-side tournament at the moment with the FAI to get more kids involved in sport • Irinischka Ayady (Gardiner St) won a gold medal for 400m race in 3rd class • Jamal Traore, Larkin College, the Transition Year Boxer of the Year 2012 • Jasmin Mooney (Dublin 1) NCCCAP did kickboxing and played for a football team • Kieth Gilroy (Dublin 17) NCCCAP won the league with Drumcondra • Kevin Andrei (Gardiner Place) 3rd place Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition • Keisha Rock (Summerhill Place) LYCS won a medal in kickboxing, a medial U11s football in Ballybough Communiity Centre and a trophy for hurling in Rathmines • Lauren Behan (Ballybough) 3rd place girls under 13s cross country, in Dublin community games March 2012 • Luka Mamaladze (Railway St) scored two goals in one match for Drumcondra F.C. • Lyrian Banguis Bronze tennis medal • Michelle Fadina (Ellis Quay) saved a girl from drowning in 2010 in local swimming club, won certificate for Tai Kwon Do • Nick Hodirnau (Mountjoy Square) Drumcondra F.C. U10 goal scoring • Robyn Cumiskey (Sean Mac Dermot Street) LYCS, won medals at school in tennis • Scott Hickey from Liberty House won first place in the Belvedere Youth Club soccer competition and a trophy for a pool competition there as well. Scott also performed well for his school – Rutland Street N.S. by winning a first place medal in swimming and in running and winning five races in one day (2012), two first place swimming medals in a day and Best Student in School (2011), a gold medal for basketball in a school’s league – whew! • Sean Walsh (Dublin 1) achieved a very high standard in his boxing club • Sergin Lucaci (Sean McDermott St) scored three goals in league match Drumcondra • Shauna Byrne (Dublin 1) NCCCAP Drama with Jed from the Abbey Theatre Swan Youth Club Work Experience in Local Em-
Gary Burke (Dublin 1) NCCCAP played in the all Ireland’s for Belvedere FC he was also Setanta Sports cup winners Player of the Year for Belvedere and played with Bohemians which was the BT Cup Winner DDSL League Winner
ployment Service Fetac Played football I did a voice over a local production about the bombing in Talbot Street • Shauna Dowling (Summerhill) won a swimming medal • Shaun Fox (Dublin 1) NCCCAP won the league with St Kevins and got player of the year • Shelia Ryan Larkin College got certificates for winning the cross country and swimming • Stefan Fitz (Sean O’Casey) 1st place, Belvedere Club Pool Competition • Stephen Chen (Gardiner St.) came 2nd in basketball competition in China and 3rd in a soccer competition • Stuart Meade has previously won Player of The Year with his soccer club in East Wall and has been a member of the Ballybough youth club for several years • Togo Turtogtkh (Parnell St.) Stella Maris league winners under 10 • Tyrique Giurgi (Eastwall) Trophies with Belvedere Youth Club and Docklands for Football and Pool
Other young people from NEIC who did some travel
Other young people form NEIC who did some travel for training and personal development: • Beiciug Claudiu NYP2 went to Germany. • Daulet Nurmukhanov NYP2 went to Romania as a volunteer to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. • Rudi Omar NYP2 went to Belfast to do a project about young people smoking and taking drugs.
NYP2 participant George Mare (3rd from top left) took part in the SARI anti-rascim competition
NYP2 participant Beiciug Claudiu (sun glasses) who took part in an exchange programme to Essen Germany. The theme of the exchange was futher education and work.
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NYP2 participants works on social housing in Romania
After a hectic year of fund-raising which received terrific support from trade unions, politicians, local projects, football clubs, the local community, families and friends the NYP 2 group arrived in Romania on 3rd August 2012. Our group was truly an international one as it consisted of people from Ireland, Somalia, Austria, Kazakstan, Romania, Mauritius and Vietnam. basic two and three roomed housing units. NYP 2, have travelled to many countries and gone on many exchange programmes and had some wonderful trips but yet again our Global village project in Romania was one of the most enjoyable, memorable and moving experiences we have ever had. There were many things that made it such an outstanding event in all our lives. These included the great friendships and rapport we established with our Romanian volunteers and staff. However perhaps most important of all was working alongside and helping local families and masons build their new apartments and having the privilege of getting to know such friendly, resilient and hospitable people. Whatever we gave to them was little to in relation to the wonderful experience they enabled us to have - an experience we will remember for the rest of our lives. All of the NYP 2 young people involved were a great credit to their families and the area that they come from and it was particularly pleasing to see Dean Mooney and Danielle McAuley won both won special volunteer awards.
Development Education Linking to your life and work to the global community
In community development work it is easy to be focused on the day-to-day challenges of what is happening in your community. In fact people from all over the world are going through the same experiences and facing the same issues. We at LYCS believe it is important to analyse, reflect and see what we can learn from communities in far flung places. This also serves an additional purpose of creating links between diverse communities and demonstrates to us that we are all part of the same world and that we should work together as one.
adult education programme
… our Global village project in Romania was one of the most enjoyable, memorable and moving experiences we have ever had.
Over the week-end we met the local Habitat staff for an induction seminar, visited the local families for and with whom we were going to be working, visited the site and took part in a Romanian cultural evening. We started work on the housing project on Monday and continued building until the following Saturday. Our work on the site consisted mainly of labouring work and assisting the skilled local builders and members of the local families in sanding, plastering and painting what were very
Provides informal training and education for over 100 women and men each week. LYCS facilitates the promotion of development education within the community development / education sector in Ireland and in Dublin North Inner City.
For enquiries about the Adult Education Programme contact Ger Doherty on (01) 836 3416 or (01) 8365984 Email: email@example.com
“Equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge of how to bring the global world into their workplace in a creative and dynamic way.”
With this in mind we organised an exciting new training project based on 25 years experience of linking local and global issues as a way of enhancing community development. During this free training project we attempt to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge of how to bring the global to their workplace in a creative and dynamic way. Who was it for? • People who work in an education/facilitation capacity with groups in the community sector, especially those working in disadvantage communities. People interested in and committed to bringing a global perspective into their community work.
The CDYSB was established in 1942 by the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC) to support development of youth work in Dublin city.
CDYSB has the responsibility to make recommendations to the CDVEC on: • all policies • strategic priorities • grant allocation related to youth work. Board membership is composed of representatives from CDVEC and voluntary youth organisations. For more information go to their website www.cdysb.ie
NYP2 participants Danielle McAuley (centre bottom) from North Strand and Dean Mooney from Sean O Casey Avenue (top right) won special volunteer awards for their work on a social housing project in Romania.
Nicole Gray is from Railway Street in Dublin 1. She completed the Leaving Certificate Applied in Larkin Community College. Following school she wished to continue her education and made a decision that she wanted to gain the qualifications and experience necessary to progress onto further education. She was not really sure what course she wanted to do, so she applied to LYCS CTC to help her gain the experience and qualifications necessary to
gain a place on a PLC programme. Since joining LYCS CTC she has completed the ECDL programme and is currently completing the FETAC Level 4 programme. She will apply to do a FETAC Level 5 Childcare PLC programme in January 2013, and hopes to start this programme September 2013. She will gain work experience in the LYCS crèche in the meantime to increase her chances to getting a place on a PLC programme. Nicole loves living in Dublin 1 – she likes the fact that there are lots of clubs for young people in the area – she was a member of the Belvedere Youth club until about 2 years ago and went lots of places – including Wexford, participated on the summer programmes, and was involved in the plays and dramas. She was a backing dancer in the Belvederes production of Cinderella”.
LYCS Community Training Centre (CTC)
• • • • Provides 40 full time training places for 15 to 21 years olds, Participants paid a FAS training allowance. Gain certified training in FETAC Levels 3 & 4 Qualifications in childcare, computers, woodwork, health and fitness, personal development, maths, digital media, communications and English • Work placements • Provides a route to employment. For more information go to www.fas.ie or find us on Facebook
For enquiries about the LYCS Community Training Centre (CTC) contact Tom O’ Reilly on (01) 8363416 or (01) 8365984 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What participants have said about this training: • • ‘Fun, interactive, creative, full of practical info’ ‘I thought the whole workshop was great and i honestly wouldn’t change a thing ‘loved it all’ ‘Thoroughly enjoyed the training, I feel I got a lot from it’
For further information on LYCS’s work in development education contact Rachel Dempsey on email@example.com or contact Rachel or Helena on 01- 8230860. For further information see www.lycs.ie Training is free of charge and is funded by Irish Aid
n 1. Participants and tutors at the presentation of FETAC Certiﬁcates in the LYCS Adult Education Programme, 12th November 2012. (Left to right) Back row: Sandra Mahony, Andre Fitzsimons, Ann Brophy, Bidun Tembo. Middle row: Sandra Byrne, Connie Blakemore, Kay Scott, Valerie Owens, Seun Grace Oluwadare. Front row: Jean O’Connor, Sandra Quinn, Jane Cregan, Stephanie Garland, Joan Bacon. n 2. LYCS 'First Steps' Creche St Particks Day Parade 2012. n 3. Daulet Nurmukhanov NYP2 went to Romania as a volunteer to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. n 4. LYCS Development Education Programme meeting. n 5. NCCCAP trainee Jordan Brady receiving his trainee of the year award for the best student based on attendance and motivation for the course. n 6. LYCS Youth Programme boxing with Michael Carruth Olympic Gold Medalist LYCS. n 7. LYCS Adult Porgramme Knitting Group learning Christmas Crafts, October 2012. n 8. LYCS Development Education Programme event. n 9. LYCS Participants and Staff in Rutland St., Dublin 1. n 10. Participants and staff of LYCS Youth Work Programme n 11. LYCS CE Workers Mary O'Reilly and Marie McAuley. n 12. NCCCAP sports trainees playing soccer
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