European Projects

Youth Work Ireland works with a number of leading European based youth organisations to create opportunities and collaborative activities for young people. Our work strengthens relationships between young people and youth workers and offers young people the chance for exchange visits and valuable learning opportunities. This work empowers young people and youth organisations to joinly tackle issues that affect all European youth.

Erasmus + Youth Work Music & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Youth Work Ireland has formed a strategic partnership with youth services from across Europe who use music as a tool for supporting the development of young people. These partners include; UK Youth, Youth Cymru (Wales), Samfés (Iceland), Youth Scotland, Lithuanian Children and Youth Centre and Youth Action Northern Ireland, with Youth Work Ireland as the lead partner. The most recent achievement of this partnership has been the successful funding of a KA2
Erasmus + project entitled Youth Work ‐ Music and Cultural Entrepreneurship. The end result of this project is the design of an online toolkit/site on how to use music as a tool for engaging and retaining young people in youth services, as well as creating an online community of other youth services from across Europe that use music. Learn more>>

As part of this collaboration a special edition of Scene Magazine was published which sought to capture the experience of a diverse range of youth organisations and practitioners and to provide ideas about practice that can support Irish youth work practitioners in developing their own practice.

Youth Worker Mobility

Youth Work Ireland, KDYS, UK Youth, ERICYA (Luxembourg), Norsensus Mediaforum (Norway) & Agenzija Zghazagh (Malta)

This event saw the Governing Body of ERYICA (The European Youth Information and Counselling Agency) meeting in Killarney as part of an enhanced engagement in Ireland. The meeting was organised by KDYS and Youth Work Ireland, and examined a variety of EU wide topics relevant to young people and youth services today.

The main focus of ERYICA is supporting and promoting quality general youth information policy and practice at all levels, a process which KDYS lead on in Kerry and Youth Work Ireland nationally. The meeting and an associated seminar in Dublin worked to further develop critical areas of youth information provision in Ireland and throughout the EU. ERYICA is composed of national bodies (non-governmental or governmental) which seek to guarantee the right of young people to full and reliable information, which helps them make the choices they face in their lives, and which promotes their autonomy and their active participation in a democratic society.


KA2 Traveller Youth Work Project

This project aims at identifying, developing and sharing best practice approaches for engaging with, retaining and working with Young Travellers.


British Irish Symposium on Youth Affairs