‘Youth Work Changes Lives’ Showcase in Dublin

More than 300 young people from constituencies across the country will meet with their TD’s to discuss the importance of Youth Work in Dublin today.

Special guests of honour at the ‘Youth Work Changes Lives’ event at the Mansion House will be Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD and Snapchat superstar James Kavanagh.

Minister Zappone said: “My mission is to ensure that young voices are heard. By bringing young people from across the country to the home of the first Dáil we are giving them the opportunity to engage directly with politicians. They will be able to set out their vision for their communities, counties and our country.”

The event, which is organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland, has been described as a “vibrant celebration” to showcase the value, diversity and vitality of youth work in Ireland today.

Speaking ahead of the 11am launch Ian Power, President of the National Youth Council, said: “This event showcases the exceptional quality of youth work happening throughout Ireland, and celebrates the contribution of young people to Irish society and our local communities.”

“The youth work sector benefits over 380,000 young people each year, supported by the efforts of 1,400 professional staff and 40,000 passionate volunteers, and yet much of this good work goes largely unnoticed. That’s why today’s event ‘Youth Work Changes Lives’ is so important.”

Young people will meet with TD’s to explain first-hand what they do, how they learn from youth work and what the benefits are for themselves and their communities.

There will be performances from groups including the St Agnes Youth Orchestra from Crumlin and the Dublin Youth Choir as well as other groups from all over Ireland.

The Youth Work Changes Lives showcase will take place from 11am to 3pm today in Dublin with TD’s from constituencies expected to arrive throughout the afternoon.