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Donegal Youth Service Celebrates Participants’ Success in ‘Re-Activ8’ Project

Published on:  21 May 2018

Families and community representatives from Donegal and Strabane, Co Tyrone came together in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey today to celebrate the achievements of the participants in Phase 1 of the ‘Re-Activ8’ project, a Personal Youth Development Programme, funded by the International Fund for Irleand (IFI). 

Operated and managed by Donegal Youth Service, in association with local community, statutory and voluntary organisations, forty-five participants between the ages of 16-25 years from Ballybofey, Falcarragh, Buncrana and Letterkenny in Co Donegal and Sion Mills and Strabane in Co Tyrone, engaged in the project. 

The Re-Activ8 project was designed to help young people build and develop life skills that foster good relations, build confidence and resilience and enhance their employability skills.  Over the past eighteen months, young people embarked on a process of creating individual learning plans and team building activities, which enabled them to get to know the young people in their group and allow the groups to come together and establish a working relationship which provided a foundation for the on-going Re-Activ8 programme. 

The young people participated in a range of training courses including Open College Network (OCN) accredited courses in Level 1 English and/or Mathematics and Level 1/2 in Diversity and Good Relations. In addition, they joined in local youth club projects as part of work placement as well as working to undertake a community event designed to demonstrate team work and planning.

Speaking at the event, Mr Paddy Harte, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland said:  “The Fund was delighted to support this initiative under its Personal Youth Development Programme which has successfully enabled young people to reassess and take active steps to improve their prospects. The PYDP was created to enable younger generations to shape a better, more peaceful society and projects like this are critical to make our aim a reality.  The programme has proved a great success to date and I would like to congratulate the participants and everyone involved in the project for their enthusiastic support and participation and I wish you every success for Phase 2 of the project which will run over the next two years”.

Mr Harte took the opportunity to thank the international donors to the Fund - the European Union and the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - for their support.

Michelle Wylam, Reactiv8 Youth Worker, thanked the IFI for the funding support, “without which ‘Re-activ8’ would not have been possible and we are indebted to the IFI for their support. The initiative has been successful in actively engaging forty-five young people, all of whom were not in any form of education, training or employment. The success of the project is built on having a clear vision for the initiative and on the hard work and dedication of many.  I would like to thank most sincerely all our local partners who have played a significant role in the success of the project to date and I look forward to working with everyone to build on this success in the years ahead.” 

The Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP) was launched in late 2015 within the IFI’s Community Consolidation - Peace Consolidation 2016-2020 Strategy. The Programme aims to help young people build and develop life skills that foster good relations, build confidence and resilience and make them more employable.

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