Youth work by definition (Youth Act 2001) is a planned programme of education designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young people through their voluntary involvement, which is complementary to their formal education and training and provided by voluntary youth work organisations.
Youth Work Ireland's suite of programmes provide young people with an array of supports including mental health, resilience building, anxiety programmes, drug and alcohol supports, LGBT+ youth work, club development, employability programmes, counselling services and out reach work. The programmes provide a safe space for young people to be supported in areas they require, develop skills, gain new experiences and build self confidence in a way they may not have the chance to do in a formal education setting.
Be Well is a one hour workshop which supports young people to identify and address anxiety. The aim of the workshop is to introduce the issue of anxiety with young people, and explore the signs and symptoms of anxiety, personal triggers and coping skills
The Detached Youth Work Programme is an outreach programme that engages with vulnerable and socially excluded young people and helps them connect with supports that will aid them in addressing their needs and achieves successful outcomes. While the target population for this programme may have needs in relation to issues as diverse as mental health, sexual health, and homelessness, most young people engaged struggle with substance misuse. Since most young people are involved in dangerous activities related to substance misuse on Friday and Saturday nights between 7 pm and 12 am, this is the time when Detached Youth Workers engage with young people on the street.
Here4U is a specific youth work focused service listening service provided by Youth Work Ireland that incorporates the one-to-one support.
Friends Resilience is a cognitive behavioural therapy based early intervention and prevention programme focusing on reducing anxiety and depression through building resilience.
The IMYAs are an all Ireland music education programme which has been running for over 10 years. The IYMAs bring band and musicians together to perform their own music creations. The overall aim of this programme is to give young musicians access to industry experts to benefit from their advice and knowledge.
The STATUS Toolkit was developed by a Key Action 2 Erasmus+ Project and led by Youth Work Ireland with the participation of Involve, Youth Action Northern Ireland and An Munia Tober / Bryson and Leargas.The purpose of the STATUS Toolkit is to provide a Quality Assurance Framework for youth work organisations to support their youth work practices to be more inclusive of members of the Traveller community.
Work To Learn is a work experience programme for young people who have struggled in mainstream education and who are at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. Work to Learn was developed by Ossory Youth, promoted by Youth Work Ireland and is supported with the assistance of State Street and the Irish Youth Justice Service.