C/O Ronanstown Youth Service, Neilstown Rd, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
- Youth and education
Catholic Youth Care is the Dublin Diocesan Youth Service, working with young people and youth groups throughout the Dublin Diocese ( Dublin City and County, parts of Kildare, all of Co Wicklow). Our mission is to promote a youth work response that is caring, compassionate and Christian and enables young people to participate more fully in the life of society and church
Staff plan programme designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young people through their voluntary involvement, each youth service works to address needs of the young people, and act a voice to address issues and challenge injustices.
Catholic Youth Care promote active citizenships and participation of young people in programmes that explore global justice issues and development education. These programmes encourage and facilitate young people to represent the youth service in their local community and at national level. Programmes highlight that young people can make a difference in their lives and the life of others are our programme promote this. These programmes include youth exchanges, links with organisations in the Global South, Cultural Awareness and involvement in Development Education Programmes.
Youth Work primarily follows the definition of Youth Work in that it centre’s around the voluntary participation of young people. Programmes are planned and developed to enhance young people’s personal and social development.
These programmes focus mainly on two models of Youth Work Practice these include Personal Development and Critical Social Education.
The majority of programmes, uses both these programmes in tangent, and is age appropriate. The youth service highlights the need for long term programmes that give the staff time to build on relationships and time to have meaningful impact on young people.
The following are the main methods and focus of programmes:
• Recreation, sport and indoor/outdoor pursuits
• Arts and culture,
• Citizenship, social action, youth participation, rights and equality issues, the environment, development education and politics
• Welfare and well-being including health promotion, relationships and sexuality, stress management, first aid, drugs, alcohol and smoking
• Life skills, such as leadership, teamwork, planning and decision making, communication, problem solving, initiative and responsibility
• Critical Analysis and creative and reflective thinking
• Intercultural and international awareness activities and exchanges
• Information technology
As a member of the NYCI Development Education Committee - I hope that we would be able to participate in the Irish and European network and from there form relationships and contacts.
As a member of the foundation Catholic Youth Care would be able to promte practice, engage with other projects and be more aware of new programmes and practice that would have an impact on its personal, social, educational and development models of working with young people. Being a part of the network would encourage staff and young people to take part in share learning in relation to global justice issues and also make us aware of opportunities.