Arts4Youth

Arts4Youth is a thematic arts based youth programme that will engage young people recruited from existing youth clubs and projects who are not currently engaged in cross border/cross community work but who will benefit from it.  Arts4Youth was launched officially on the 2nd of July 2019.

Donegal Youth Service has been engaged in Peace and Reconciliation Youth Work for over 20 years and we have developed an expertise in engaging young people in a process of learning about the impact of the troubles in a way that is relevant and engaging to them.

140 young people aged 14-17 years will be engaged in a co-design process where facilitated sessions will be creative, high energy and fun. The programme will deliver 3 elements which are Good Relations, Citizenship and Personal Development using Arts based methodologies which can be showcased at local community events.

Arts4Youth Participants from Planet Youth, Ballybofey with Youth Worker Claire Bradley

Arts4Youth will…
  • engage young people through interesting and contemporary programmes that will address issues like prejudice, hate and intolerance.
  • seek to increase relations between Protestants and Catholics
  • use arts and youth work as a methodology, to promote positive relations, address issues of trust, prejudice and intolerance
  • facilitate personal interaction between young people on a cross community and cross border basis
  • strengthen cross-border relations
  • celebrate cultural diversity
  • increase awareness of the culture of minority ethnic communities
The programme will engage young people from different traditions, religions and cultures and as a result of the learning we anticipate that Young People who participate in the project will have increased opportunities…
  • to address issues like prejudice, hate and intolerance
  • to explore relations between Protestants and Catholics
  • for personal interaction between young people on a cross border basis
Young people who participate in the project will have…
  • an increased understanding of how to build positive relations, address issues of trust, prejudice and intolerance
  • better cross-border relations with their peers
  • increased awareness of the culture of minority ethnic communities

At the end of the programme the young people will have a tangible ‘arts based’ product/performance/activity which they

Official Arts4Youth Launch

will decide what form it will take for example a performance at local festival or event or identify ways in which they would like to show case their work.

DYS currently works with over 25 youth clubs and projects across the county of Donegal.  Most of our clubs are located in highly rural areas and have not had access to previously funded peace related programmes.  This programme will provide exciting new opportunities and is actively recruiting young people and the project staff will be working through existing youth and community providers to bring this exciting programme to young people.

For more information about this project, or how to take part please contact Laura Doherty on 074 91 29630, or email laura.doherty@donegalyouthservice.ie

This project forms part of Donegal County Council’s €5.5m Local Authority Action Plan. This Action Plan is funded through the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.  

Funded by: