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In this section of our website, we will showcase some of the work from our different partner organisations.

Youth Action NI:

Children and young people’s strategy consultation – by Martin McMullan, Youth Action NI, February 3rd, 2017 

YouthAction NI and Participation Network hosted a consultation event for local young people to get their views on the draft Children’s & Young People’s Strategy. This is a strategy from the Northern Ireland Executive with the aim of making life better for all children and young people here and has 8 key areas of focus including health, education, safety, equality, rights, play, the environment and volunteering. The young people who attended were invited to share their opinions on the priorities identified in the strategy and highlight key issues or challenges for young people and actions that need to be taken to address these. The Northern Ireland Children’s Commissioner, Koulla Yiasouma, was in attendance along with representatives from the Department of Education.

Photos from the children and young people’s strategy consultation hosted by Youth Action and Participation Network can be found here: http://www.niyf.org/photos/

Fóram na nÓg:

Ar an Sathairn, an 4ú lá de mí Feabhra, bhí muid (NIYF) ag Todds Leap le Fóram na nÓg agus Coiste na nGael Óg. Is é seo tús iontach le forairt comhairle óige Gaeilge.

On Saturday the 4th February 2017, NIYF we are at Todd’s leap with Forám na nÓg and Coiste na nGaeil Óg. This is the beginning of forming a strong Irish youth council  #NFY

Here is an audio interview from some of the young people who attended the event.               Interviewed from start to finish:                                                                                                            Oisín, Clíodhna, Ciara, Tierna, Cara-Jane, Conor                     Interviewed by Aoife

Education Authority – Newry & Mourne Youth Council

Have you heard about the YAFTAS                                                                                                                 Written by James Treanor – Peer Support Worker with Newry & Mourne Youth Council

Do you know a young person aged 25 or under? Someone from the Newry, Mourne & Down district? Someone who is going above and beyond to do something for their family, friends or community and not getting recognition? Why not nominate them for a Youth & Future Talent Award (YAFTAS)!!

What are the YAFTAS you ask, they are youth awards that were created by the Newry & Mourne Youth Council with the support of the Education Authority and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council to recognise the unsung heroes of our community who are doing something inspirational and are not getting the recognition they deserve. These awards were created to shine a positive light on the young people of our district and the great work they are doing.

The YAFTAS award young people in 6 different categories, the first being The Good Relations Award and it is awarded to an individual or group who has developed or been involved in a project or event that has improved relationships bringing people together from different community backgrounds and/or ethnic minorities. The second award is The Young Carer Award and it is awarded to an individual or group who devotes much of their time and energy to caring/supporting a friend or relative who needs additional or extra support. The third category is The Voice of Young People Award and it is awarded to an individual or group that demonstrates strong leadership among peers, and has an enthusiastic and positive attitude. This person or group of people should be resourceful and able to take initiative. The forth award is The Innovation & Creativity Award and it is awarded to an individual or group that has introduced an innovative/creative idea into youth work practice. They demonstrate the spirit of creativity, innovation and initiative by responding in a proactive manner to an issue relevant to the well-being of young people or the community. The fifth award is The Community Safety Award and it is awarded to an individual or group who has developed or been involved in a community safety project and who has identified and taken action on a particular safety issue in their community and have demonstrated a real enthusiasm to their community, and have shown dedication to a particular safety project. The sixth and last category is The Inspirational Young Person Award and is awarded to an individual who has made a big impact on their community or on an individual, they should be someone who peers can look up to and admire and who takes on a leadership role and encourages others to get involved as well.

So those are the categories why not nominate someone you know for one of these awards to give them the recognition they deserve. You have until Thursday 23rd February at 5pm to get your nominations in!!

To get your nomination form or to find out more about the awards get in contact with Paul Bradley, Youth Council Coordinator on 028 3025 1515 or Paul.Bradley@eani.org.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young People Shortlisted for Prestigious Awards

Written by James Treanor – Peer Support Worker with Newry & Mourne Youth Council

So there we go another bunch of amazing young people nominated for the 4th Annual YAFTAS Awards but even with all this outstanding talent we can only have one winner per category. Nominations flew in from throughout the district of Newry, Mourne & Down and they really shone a light on the tremendous projects and youth work that young people are involved in.

Just in case you do not know what the YAFTAS are, they are youth awards that were created by the Newry & Mourne Youth Council with the support of the Education Authority and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council to recognise the unsung heroes of our community who are doing something inspirational and are not getting the recognition they deserve. These awards were created to shine a positive light on the young people of our district and the great work they are doing.

Our shortlisting panel met in Newry on Tuesday 28th February to shortlist winners and runner ups for this year’s Youth & Future Talent Awards. The panel was made up of workers of the statutory sector, voluntary sector, elected reps, young people involved in Education Authority programmes, youth councillors of the Newry & Mourne Youth Council and independent young people. The thing that made this shortlisting panel so unique is that more than 50% of the people on it were young people as whom better to decide who should win a youth award than young people.

The competition this year made the shortlisting even more difficult taking 3 hours to make a final decision on winners. The names of the nominees are removed from the nomination form so the panel have no idea whose nomination they are judging. The panel read each nomination for each category and debated and debated as to whom they thought should be the winner, decisions were challenged and questioned and everyone got their point across before a final decision was made. This shows how much talent is in our district today and how tough it actually is to choose between young people for one of these prestigious awards.

Now that the young people have been shortlisted, letters have gone out to invite them to a glamourous awards night in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry on 28th March. An exciting aspect of these awards is that the winners are kept top secret that only a hand full of people know until it is announced at the awards ceremony. Although only young people who were shortlisted are invited, everyone who was nominated will receive a certificate of recognition and get a mention on the night to highlight the great work that they are doing.. The awards night itself is a night of splendour and glamour with a black and gold theme and anywhere between 150 – 200 people attending all in stunning formal attire. The red carpet will be rolled out for our awardees as they are given the celebrity treatment they thoroughly deserve.