A course suitable for people seeking initial training in Youth and Community Work and those with some experience who wish to undertake structured training to develop and consolidate their skills. This programme is supported by City of Dublin Youth Services Board and The National Youth Council of Ireland.
Principal areas of study
- Substance Use Issues in Youth Work
- Social Justice Principles
- Personal Effectiveness
- Word Processing
(Modules offered may be subject to change).
- Young People in Society
- Working with Young People
- Community Development Practice
- Understanding Youth Work
- Work Experience
I completed the Youth Studies course in Liberties College in 2015 and progressed to Maynooth University where I did the Youth and Community Level 8 degree and graduated in 2018. I worked for 6 months in a youth project in Bluebell and was offered a Youth Justice Worker position in south Finglas, where I grew up. I'm currently working with the local Garda Youth Diversion Project which aims to divert young offenders away from going down the criminal route. I'm also involved with youth mental health, drugs and alcohol projects.
I found the transition to Maynooth University from Liberties College a seamless one, and believe that the PLC course prepared me very well for the challenges of a third level degree, practically and academically. The award from Diageo was a great honour, and the state of the art laptop was a huge boost to me, at an important stage in my life.
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Features of this course
- Students address, both theoretically and practically, the personal and social issues that impact on young people and their communities e.g. drug abuse, social exclusion, poverty and unemployment.
- Specialist workshops
- Child Protection Training in conjunction with the City of Dublin Youth Service Board
- Garda vetting for work experience
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