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You(th) Join – Youth from Northside of Cork City Prepare for Youth Exchange

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Youth Work Ireland Cork (YWIC) took the lead on an exciting new project in partnership with the Cork City Partnership (CCP). We brought 9 young people from the northside of Cork City to Slovenia for a week of learning and activities last August (2017). Young people from Gurranabraher, Churchfield, & Farranree traveled over 2,000km to Kranj, Slovenia, to meet another 30 young people from partner countries Finland, Greece & Slovenia.

 

Youth exchanges allow groups of young people from different countries to meet, live together and work on shared projects for short periods which take place outside of the school environment. On a youth exchange, young people can expect to participate in activities such as developmental workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities and more. The countries involved in this exchange are Ireland, Finland, Greece & Slovenia. This youth exchange will take place in Kranj, Slovenia.  The project was funded by Erasmus+ through the Irish National Agency, Leargas.

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This youth exchange was the brainchild of four different countries – Finland, Ireland, Greece and Slovenia. Its aim was to provide the opportunity to travel and interact with peers from different countries with different cultures and to participate in a European programme for young people aged 13-17. The exchange also aimed to promote intercultural dialogue, understanding and raising young people’s communication skills and self-knowledge of the inner self through the development of creative interactive activities, foreign language communication, developing games and cultural evenings. For many young people this was an opportunity to travel and to meet with peers from other cultures for the first time, with the possibility of developing new friendships and learning to become more tolerant and respectful towards diversity.

Young people selected for this Youth Exchange are Craig Sweeney (15, Gurranabraher), Mark Healy (15, Kilnap), Megan Hennessy (16, Gurranabraher), Ben Walsh (15, Blarney), Aidan O’ Flaherty (15, Gurranabraher), Cian O’ Keefe (15, Farranree), Ryan O’ Sullivan (15, Farranree), Megan O’ Donovan (16, Farranree) & Kyile Leahy (16, Fairfield).

 

Attending the exchange with the young people are youth workers Joe Curtin (Youth Work Ireland Cork) & Yvonne Quilligan (Cork City Partnership). Joe Curtin is a professional qualified Youth Worker and has worked full-time with Youth Work Ireland Cork in the Gurranabraher/Churchfield area for the last 3 years. Yvonne has worked for the Cork City Partnership for 17 years in the area of youth & community and currently works as an enterprise development officer. Yvonne was involved in the set-up of her own youth café in Farranree over 6 years ago.

The youth exchange itself is took place on the 7th of  August to the 14th of August. Several planning meetings took place throughout the process of this youth exchange. The young people organised a Homecoming event on November 22nd to share their experience and learnings with the local communities. As seen below, all the young people involved received a Youth Pass certificate.

 

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To raise money for the trip the young people completed a sponsored walk on July 27th.  Any further support would be very much appreciated. To support us, please email admin@ywicork.com .

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Youth Work Ireland Cork manages 5 projects in Cork city. These are: Special Project for Youth (SPY), Gurrnabraher Arts Project (GAP), Community Drugs Project, Local Training Initiative (LTI), UP Cork LGBT Youth Project. YWIC work with over 600 young people per year in various projects which are a community based response to young people’s needs. YWIC offers them the opportunity to contribute to and participate in social education, artistic and recreational activities. Youth work Ireland Cork (YWIC) provides a community based response to young peoples’ needs by offering them an opportunity to participate in educational, social education, artistic and recreational activities. YWIC promotes and facilitates social and creative development of young people aged between 7 and 25 years, by enabling them to take an active role in their community. For more information on Youth Work Ireland Cork, please visit www.ywicork.com or check out Facebook & Twitter : @YWICork .

 

Cork City Partnerships aim is to improve the life chances and opportunities of people who experience the effects of poverty and social exclusion through promoting equality and inclusion for all. They do this by Increasing access to services, education, employment, and recreational activities for people who are experiencing disadvantage or social exclusion, Facilitating local community groups to achieve active and effective community engagement and community participation, Working in partnership with local communities, agencies, local elected representatives and state funded bodies to build strong, healthy sustainable and equitable communities, Influencing policy by researching issues and contributing to working groups and committees on relevant policy related issues & Advocating for policies, supports and services that address gaps in relation to social exclusion. For more info on Cork City Partnership see http://corkcitypartnership.ie/ .

 

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For more information about this Erasmus+ Youth Exchange please contact Joe Curtin on (086)8274863 or e-mail joe.curtin@ywicork.com .

 

 


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