Mulroy Youth Engagement Project building a better future for Local Young People
- On December 8, 2022
Funding of over €147,000 granted for two-year project
A new project is aiming to help youths in rural and urban communities in North Donegal to create a better future through the development of employment skills, mentoring support, confidence building and provision of emotional well-being programmes.
The Mulroy Youth Engagement Project- The ‘M.Y.E Future’ Project has received funding of over €147,000 from the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) to work with young people aged 16-25 over the course of an initial two-year project.
It is funded under the IFI’s Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP) which aims to help young people build and develop life skills that foster good relations, build confidence and resilience and make them more employable. The project also builds co-operation and networking on a cross-border/cross-community basis. The project will be primarily aimed at young people who are not currently in education, training or employment.
Paddy Harte, IFI Chair commented on the launch of the project; “Today’s announcement marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter, one brimming with potential and promise and enormous opportunity to help positively impact the lives of so many young people.
“We are acutely aware of the many challenges, that communities in the Mulroy Bay area and with whom MDRC work closely with, are facing. We recognise that while the legacy of the Troubles continues to impact many communities, there are now a myriad of other issues which have come centre stage and which influence the trajectory of peoples’ lives, particularly our young people.
“We are immensely proud of what the Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP) provides, in the form of a uniquely tailored support programme that gives young people the means and ways to change the direction of their lives and to make a valuable and long-lasting positive contribution to their communities. The programme meets young people at where they are in their own personal journey.”
M.Y.E. Future will be co-ordinated and implemented by Milford & District Resource Centre (MDRC) who work with communities, across the Mulroy Bay area who are experiencing social and economic challenges ranging from unemployment, health and well-being issues, social isolation and urban and rural deprivation.
Declan Meehan, Manager of MDRC, said: “We are very excited about the potential this project has to impact positively on the lives of so many young people in our community. Unfortunately, it is the case that some young people often get left behind due to lack of opportunities in rural Ireland. MYE Future Project aims to tackle this by tailoring pathways for these young people which will lead them into education, training or employment that genuinely interests them.”
Marie Tonra, MYE Future Project Coordinator: “Here at the M.Y.E Future project, we believe there is greatness in all young people. We seek to help young people delve inwards and identify obstacles within their own life that might be keeping them stuck. Together, we will work collaboratively to identify said obstacles and work towards clear and actionable goals. The MYE future Project empowers young people to thrive, believe in themselves and fulfil their true potential.”
Stephen Barrett, the IFI’s Programme Manager in Donegal, worked with MDRC to develop the project and said that, “MDRC are uniquely placed to respond effectively to the challenges within this community and to engage with young people who may be feeling disenfranchised and disengaged. The project is an incredible step forward, equipping participants with practical, relatable and transferable skills, the opportunity to experience new communities and new ways of thinking and above all to create a more fulfilling future for themselves.”
Participants will benefit from a range of initiatives encompassing personal development and good relations, skills and social development as well as employment and education courses. The programme will also involve cross-border community work enabling participants to gain an understanding of the experiences of young people from other communities and develop an appreciation of cultural and heritage differences across communities.
If you or someone you know in the Mulroy Bay area might be interested in this project reach then feel free to reach out to Marie on firstname.lastname@example.org.