Youth service approved for €400k for European projects
Staff and volunteers at the Ballyfermot Youth Project

Youth service approved for €400k for European projects

BALLYFERMOT Youth Service (bys) has been approved for a grant of €400,000 following an application to the European Union to carry out a range of youth exchanges and European solidarity projects.

“This is a tremendous achievement and means that we can provide opportunities for young people from Ballyfermot to travel and take part in exciting youth projects throughout Europe,” said Gerry McCarthy, Youth Service Manager, Ballyfermot Youth Service.

“Starting off this summer we will be hosting young people from four countries from Italy, Poland, Malta and Spain. We will also be sending over 60 young people from Ballyfermot throughout Europe on projects.”

The overall aim of the programme is to support, through lifelong learning, the educational, professional and personal development of people in education, training, youth and sport.

Mr McCarthy continued: “Just coming out of the lockdown, this is a fantastic achievement for the staff and young people in the project. It shows confidence in the staffs’ ability to carry out a huge range of diverse projects and opportunities for young people. Using non-formal methods of education, it provides gateways to becoming active citizens.”

BYS objectives for the Erasmus 4 All is to empower young people and staff to gain knowledge and participate in active citizenship through interculture dialogue and communication.

Other objectives include upskilling of young people, staff and volunteers, equality, LGBTQI rights, and improved social skills.

Another objective is BMX and skateboarding into Europe, along with outdoor education for engagement of young people.

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