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Yell Week – Limerick Youth Service



Yell Week – Limerick Youth Service ! By Youth Corresponent Kaila Dunne

Limerick Youth Service (LYS) hosted a week long international conference called YELL. The title cleverly stands for Youth Empowerment Look at Limerick. Thirty young participants including Ten participants from various countries in Europe including Poland, Italy, Spain and the UK participated in the weeks events.

YELL was set up locally by a group of young adults trying to create a public platform where the voices of young people can be heard by society. In lasts weeks seminar they hoped to learn from each other and also share their knowledge of youth empowerment and participation to improve their own work. Our visitors hoped to learn more about our ‘culture and youth democracy ’ and Barbara a young woman from Poland working for an non-governmental organisation promoting volunteer work hoped to bring ‘knowledge back home and work with what we’ve learned’. In order to assist the process Youth Worker Eibhlis Bray along with the members of YELL organized workshops and various events ‘providing young people with the tools on getting their voices out there’. Included in these work shops were sessions on Broadcasting, Arts and Movement Theatre.

Catherine Kelly, Director of LYS described the week as ‘an opportunity to practice skills and learn new things from different cultures and realise that despite many differences there are many similarities’. Last week was an innovative experience and an amazing opportunity for all young people involved to learn and share and create many new ideas surrounding youth empowerment. On behalf of I would like to wish the best success in the future to all youth groups involved.


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.