Youth Work Ireland Cork

Supporting Youth Empowerment through Youth Work


Group Shot of all involved in the Fast Forward project.
Group Shot of all involved in the Fast Forward project.

A project called ‘Fast Forward’ that Youth Work Ireland Cork (Gurranabraher, Cork City) hosted has been selected by the European Commission as an example of Best Practice. It has been selected in the category of  “Supporting youth
empowerment through youth work”. Youth Worker Joe Curtin and a participant of the programme Helen O’ Keefe have been invited to Brussels, for European Youth Week, to receive the award and also to attend a high level debate at the European Commission on May 6th & 7th.

The Fast forward was in partnership with CIT Crawford College of Art and Designs, Creativity and Change Programme and was funded by Léargas, Erasmus+ and Irish Aid.  It was a training programme that explored Creativity Resilience and Global Citizenship and what values and capacities are important to nurture in ourselves and in our young people who face the challenges of growing up in a rapidly changing, challenging and unequal world. Within the programme, partners from UK, Malta, Ireland, Hungary and Sardinia shared creative processes that can help build capacities to shape a better future in which we can live as responsible global citizens.

The aim of this project was to create an international and intercultural learning space to explore how best to nurture the positive values and skills of responsible young global citizens who are willing to act as change-makers. The results were a set of recommendations to policy-makers on this issue, which were then shared with others working in the youth sector.

As well as the learning and exchange within the process the group have developed a resource for practitioners working in the field of youth and also making recommendations for practitioners and policy makers.

The Resources can be viewed by following the links below and you can get a day by day account of the Fast Forward training project and all that went on by following this link:



Explorations, Reflections & Recommendations:

Activity Tool Kit:


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