Get Inspired, Get Involved, Get Skilled

Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service

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Organisation:

Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service

Country:

Ireland

About organisation:

WSTCYS has over 50 years’ experience working with communities in the area, and operates many types of Project, varying from Community Youth Projects to Garda Youth Diversion Projects to Community Based Drugs Initiatives. The organisation operates 40 Youth Projects, has over 120 staff, 300 volunteers ,and works with over 10,000 young people each year.We‘ve been working in European Youth Work since the 1980’s and are involved in many aspects of Erasmus+, including Youth Wrker Mobiliries, Youth Exchnages, Coopration Partnerships, ESC, Discover EU, and ERYICA Youth Information Centres

Contact person:

Amy Doherty

Title of the project

Get Inspired, Get Involved, Get Skilled

Start date:

June 29, 2024

End date:

December 10, 2024

Source of funding:

This was a collaborative piece of work with our local Europe Direct Centre. Europe Direct contributed half of the funding and Eurodesk Waterford contributed their own resources.

Objectives:

2023 was the European Year of Skills. We wanted to use the opportunity to highlight the skills that can be obtained through involvement in different European Opportunties. The Event was Mc'd by a young person with all the speakers and performers being young. There then was a panel with the professionals that could help young people to also have these experiences. There was a number of speakers who focused on the skills they obtained as well as musical performances and short vidoes. Our local European MEP also spoke at the event about the importance of voting in the Elections and her role as a MEP in Europe. There was young people who spoke about their involvement in Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges, Semesters abroad, their ESC adventure. There was also three performances from a solo act, a band and a rapper. Young people spoke about the skills they acquired through their apprenticeship. Videos were shown about Eures and pictures. Two young people from Ukraine also spoke about their journey to Waterford and how they linked with local youth services and got involved in life in Waterford - at 19 years of age this showcased the skill of Resilience. An expert panel then took questions from the audience on how they could get involved in Erasmus+ , ESC and Apprentices. About 300 young people attended the event in our local Theatre and were provided with some Merch and information on European Opportunities available to them. The event reached about 300 youn

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

The event gave young people the opportunity to hear from other young people about their lived experience. All those who spoke had been involved in projects over the last year. They also found out who to contact if hey wanted to gete involved. The music, venue and quick speakers was fast paced and interesting to keep their interest.

The impact the initiative had on young people and the local community:

Young people from schools, youth centres, early school leaving programmes attended the event. The Mayor of the city opened the event with our local MEP speaking at the event. We did it in conjuction with our local Europe Direct Centre. The event promoted our services throughout the city to young people and adults.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

Eurodesk logos were used throughout the promotion of the event. We had a Eurodesk pullup and it was mentioned throughout the event.

How it respected the green principles:

Young people travelled to the event on foot or by bus. All our promotion was done online with few posters printed. We ensured that all materials used were already in our services and we promoted engagement online .

2023 was the European Year of Skills. We wanted to use the opportunity to highlight the skills that can be obtained through involvement in different European Opportunties. The Event was Mc’d by a young person with all the speakers and performers being young. There then was a panel with the professionals that could help young people to also have these experiences.
There was a number of speakers who focused on the skills they obtained as well as musical performances and short vidoes.
Our local European MEP also spoke at the event about the importance of voting in the Elections and her role as a MEP in Europe.
There was young people who spoke about their involvement in Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges, Semesters abroad, their ESC adventure. There was also three performances from a solo act, a band and a rapper. Young people spoke about the skills they acquired through their apprenticeship. Videos were shown about Eures and pictures. Two young people from Ukraine also spoke about their journey to Waterford and how they linked with local youth services and got involved in life in Waterford – at 19 years of age this showcased the skill of Resilience.
An expert panel then took questions from the audience on how they could get involved in Erasmus+ , ESC and Apprentices.
About 300 young people attended the event in our local Theatre and were provided with some Merch and information on European Opportunities available to them.
The event reached about 300 youn