What we do

The work of the Project is driven by the young people and depending on current needs provides:

Programmes

Open Space: A structured space for each targeted age group with various activity zones.
Creative/Youth arts: Various visual arts groups, photography, film making, woodwork, DJ, Music production, dance.
Educational/Skills: Exam support, PC/IT skills, internet, cooking, sports, bike maintenance.
Developmental: Drug awareness, early school leaving programme, self esteem, communication, relationships, anti-bullying, intercultural work, environmental programmes, sexual health, young parents' support, justice work, courts and prison support.













Individual support for young people

The project provides individual support and guidance to young people around a range of topics such as drugs/alcohol, pregnancy, early school leaving, housing issues, social welfare benefits, relationships, family, justice, further education, employment. Young people can arrange to meet a youth worker or drop in informally. In some cases young people are referred on if their requirements can be better met by another agency.

Outreach

The main aim of our outreach work is to identify young people at risk. We build relationships with these young people who would otherwise not come into contact with youth workers By doing so, current issues/trends can be identified in the community and appropriate programmes offered, either within the project or at other locations.

Community development work

The youth project takes a community development approach to its work with young people. The priority we give to this commitment is evident from our involvement with a wide range of community organisations and boards such as The Canal Communities Regional Youth Service, Londubh, St. Michael’s Estate Regeneration Board / Team, The Canal Communities Intercultural Centre.

Support for the youth services and volunteers in the wider Inchicore area

Part of our work involves supporting youth and sports groups within the Inchicore area. This support includes assisting with funding applications and volunteer recruitment, building the capacity of existing volunteers, and developing new programmes. We also help with organising and running trips and summer projects, and, where necessary, provide hands-on assistance. The Project is committed to advocating for improved services and facilities for young people in the wider Inchicore area. For example, we promote the agenda of young people and articulate the needs of youth groups and clubs through our membership of the various community organisations.

Inter-agency work

St. Michael’s Youth Project is committed to working collaboratively with other agencies/organisations, locally and regionally, to provide a range of good quality services and innovative programmes for the young people of our area.

 

In 2009 St. Michaels Youth Project began a 3 year partnership with the International Munich Art Lab. We hope this will improve youth arts opportunities for young people in Inchicore through this peer educational model of international exchange while also providing a partnership programme for youth workers to exchange ideas and promote best practice through international seminars and an online youth work/ arts forum.

 

Our other partners include: Common Ground, Canal Communities Regional Youth Service, Digital Hub, Inchicore Community Drugs Team, Dublin City Council Sports Development Officers, Canal Communities Intercultural Centre, St. Michael’s Estate Family Resource Centre, Canal Communities Partnership, Local Employment Service, National College of Art and Design, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Londubh and local Schools.

 

For more information see our Strategic Plan.