Kildare Youth Services, Youth Information Centre (YIC) provide a free & confidential information service to young people, and those who work with them. Catering for 12 - 25 year of age.
The YIC is non-judgemental and free from discrimination.
Are you an early school leaver, out of school looking for a course or help finding a job, want to know your rights or entitlements. Or if you have any question, need help, support or have any issues that you may be struggling with the YIC is the place to come.
You can drop-in and use the computers & internet access in a safe youth space, supported and supervised by trained staff.
The YIC works closely with other specialised organisations and services, and will refer young people when necessary to meet their need or solve their problem.
Our Vision: “Young people will have the ability, skill and confidence to use and apply information to become active citizens and to fully participate in society. This process will empower young people to challenge inequality, to advocate for change and build a more democratic, inclusive and prosperous society.”
Rational: In this age of ‘information saturation’ young people are constantly bombarded with information, they need more than ever to be supported to navigate their way. In an ever changing society youth information helps young people to identify and develop their own resources, skills and strategies enabling them to take their own actions and make their own informed decisions.
Aims & Objectives:
WHAT CAN YOU DO IN THE YOUTH INFORMATION CENTRE?
YOU CAN GET INFORMATION ON:
Computer & Internet Access:
Free Computer & internet access for students and unemployed young people aged 12 to 25 year.
In order to access the YIC public Internet Access you are required to complete the KYS Acceptable Use Policy. Young people under the age of 15 years also require parental consent.
Free printing and photocopying for young people aged 12 to 25 years, if school or work related
DRIVER THEORY TEST PRACTICE CD ROM available to use in the centre
Driver Theory Test Programme
The driver theory test programme engaged young people in a positive learning experience. The programme combined practical learning and support through the practice driver theory test CD rom, rules of the road and learning aids. Group work through, workshops, discussions, visit to driver theory test centre, community awareness, study visits, road safety talk by Garda Traffic, team building, relationship building, decision making, communication skills, assertiveness, resolving conflicts and building positive self-esteem. Where young people were prepared and confident in passing the driver theory test. Young participants also had the opportunity at the end of the programme to experience an off road driving lesson, to ultimately become resoonsible drivers.
I am happy to say all participants passed their driver theory test with near perfect results.
Well Done to All
YIC Printerless Agents for Student Leap Card
For Full-time Student in Second & Third Level Full-time Studies and Training Courses
The YIC are agents for Student Leap Card
WHAT IS THE STUDENT LEAP CARD?
The card is not an ID Card, your date of birth does not appear on the card.
Applications forms are available in the YIC and downloadable from www.studentleapcard.ie
Third level students are required to have proof of being a full-time student. (including PLC’s and FAS courses).
The card is also available to second level students. Application forms need to be signed and stamped by your school.
You will receive your card directly by post in four to five postal days
Please visit www.studentleapcard.ie for further information.
The Youth Information Centre are a Eurodesk Relay Centre
Eurodesk provides free information on opportunities-such as travelling, working, studying and volunteering in Europe--for young people aged 13 - 30. You can check out any of the sections that you're interested in (for example volunteering) but if there is information that you can't find there, get in contact with us or your local Eurodesk relay, and we'll be glad to help.
We are also part of a large network of European Eurodesk relays, with over 1,200 offices throughout Europe, with headquarters in Brussels.
Whatever the question, start with us!
What can Eurodesk do for you?
Eurodesk provides access to European Youth Information On:
• Information staff are available to speak at schools, youth clubs and community events.
• Provide information stands at schools, local and national youth events.
• The YIC host the Annual KYS Christmas e-card Art Competition in Co. Kildare
You should make your application online through the Online Grants System (available here) after this date. www.susi.ie
Before you make an application, you should have the following information to hand:
Renewal students will be contacted by SUSI in May with details on how to apply for a renewal of their grant. Renewal students should always log into the Grants Online system with their original user name and password and should contact the SUSI helpdesk if they encounter any issues.
If you have any questions on making your application Contact the SUSI Support Desk.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm
Worth Watching: SUSI youtube video, which can help you to understand and apply for the SUSI Student Maintenance Grant on-line application. (copy link below)
Youth Information Centre SUSI MENTORING SUPPORT
(Service available to young people aged 25 years and under)
If you are experiencing difficulty completing or accessing the SUSI on-line application process, students can contact the YIC for one-to-one support with making the application.
YIC Opening Times
Monday to Thursday
The YIC open from 11am to 1pm for one to one information and support through an appointment system.
The YIC Computer & Internet Access and Information Service operate a drop-in service from 2pm to 6pm
KYS, Youth Information Centre, Canal Stores, Basin Street, Naas,
Co Kildare. NEW YIC Direct Phone Number: 045 898334 e-mail: [email protected]
The Youth Information Service CV Prepatation and Interview Skills Programme starts Wednesday the 29th of March
Venue KYS Youth Information Centre. Time: 5pm to 7pm
If you would like to find out more information about the programme please contact Ger Cronin
Are you looking for a Job?
Kildare Youth Services, Youth Information Services have developed a practical skills youth programme which helps young people develop the skills necessary in CV Preparation and Interview Skills to help improve their chances in securing, summer, part-time or full-time work.
If you answer No to the following questions this programme is for you!
Do you have the best CV you can have?
Do you recognise or know your skills?
Can you demonstrate how you have gained these skills?
Do you know what to expect at an interview?
Can you answer the following interview questions?
Tell me about yourself?
Give me an example of when you used your own initiative?
What are your best and worst attributes?
The programme is free of charge for your young people aged between 16 and 25 who are looking to improve their skills to gain employment.Places are limited, so please book your place before the 10th of March. Drop into the centre or contact KYS Youth Information Service at Canal Stores, Basin Street, Naas, Co. Kildare. Phone: 045 898334 or email [email protected]
Safer Internet Day 7th February 2017
We hope you will mark Safer Internet Safety Day with us by encouraging young people to get involved in learning the importance of being safe online.
The YIC Internet Safety walking debate follows on from the 2016 Youth Information Services SID Internet Safety Quiz, where 123 young people took part in the quiz.
Young people are encouraged to debate their answers on their online safety. It’s a good opportunity for peer learning and assessing the group's thoughts on their online safety.
If your interested in taking part or learning more, please contact Ger in the YIC.
KYS Annual Christmas e-card Competition 2016
Developments to the competition this year meant the competition was now exclusively open to young people who are engaged in KYS youth projects and affiliated youth clubs.
We also added the art medium of computer generated entries, to be more inclusive of all abilities.
KYS are pleased to announce the winners of the KYS Annual Christmas e-card competition 2016
Congratulations go to:
15/18 Age Category:
10/14 Age Category:
No entries were received in the 5/9 age category.
An overall winner is chosen from the Winners in each age category.
Congratulations goes to Ericas Roach Overall winner of the competition
Ericas entry becomes the official KYS Christmas e-card for 2016.
Congratulations to all winners and a big thank you to all the talented young people who entered the competition. The judge had a difficult task choosing winners.
All entries are displayed in the Youth information Centre for all to view.
Kildare Youth Services
Annual Christmas E-card Competition 2016
& Youth Work Ireland Nolláig
Design a Christmas Card Competition 2016
The competition is about encouraging and rewarding self expression, creativity and imagination among young people engaged in KYS Youth Projects and Affiliated Youth Clubs throughout Co. Kildare.
Entries are invited from young people in the age category
5 - 9, 10 – 14 and 15 – 18.
Closing Date for Entries: Tuesday 8th November 2016
Kildare Youth Services, Youth Information Centre, Canal Stores, Basin Street, Naas, Co Kildare
One winner will be chosen from each category. From these winners an overall winner will be chosen which will become the Official KYS Christmas e-card for 2016.
The winners of each age category will receive prizes and certificate
All entries will automatically be entered into the Youth Work Ireland Nolláig Design a Christmas Card Competition 2016. Where entries will have a chance to win at National Level.
GOOG LUCK!YIC Outreach Service
The Youth Information Centre on the road with its Outreach and mobile student leap service.
The YIC visited Naas Community School over a three day period to deliver the YIC mobile outreach and student leap card service. We met over 250 students and issued 14 student leap cards.
We also brought our service to Comhairle Na Nog AGM. Where we met a lots of young people from across Co. Kildare and issued 63 student leap cards to students attending the event. Well done to Comhairle for organising a great event.
INTERNET SAFETY PROGRAMME
We were very busy right up to Christmas delivering the YIC internet safety programme to 90 young people participating in KYS youth projects in Co. Kildare.
The YIC are the first in Ireland to be trained to deliver an exciting new programme starting this December
UPS Road Code for teens
UPS Road Code is a road hazard awareness programme for young people aged 12 to 19 year olds. UPS developed the UPS Road Code programme to share their success on the road with young people.
Due to the success of the Road Code programme in the USA the UPS Foundation partnered with UK Youth to bring the benefits of programme to young people in Ireland through its new partner Youth Work Ireland. UPS are committed to helping young people in Ireland to enjoy a long, safe life on the road, whether as a novice or aspiring driver, a passenger, a moped rider, a cyclist or a pedestrian.
Kildare Youth Services, Youth Information Service are delivery partners and are the first in Ireland to deliver this programme. In 2017 the programme will be rolled out nationally through UPS partners Youth Work Ireland,
The programme includes 4 road code lessions:
Lessions which are made up of workshops, discussions, quiz, video’s and using the driving simulator. All young people receive goodie bags and certificated on completion of the programme.
2016 Eurodesk & YIC National Network TTM (“Time to Move” Campaign)
TTM National Event in Dublin Castle
The national event, celebrated the Europe-wide Eurodesk campaign
"Time To Move". The campaign promotes
Reflect together about benefits and challenges
Mary Cunningham, National Youth Council of Ireland. Helen Walmsley, Voluntary Service International. James Gonzales, ex-EVS volunteer with Ballyfermot Youth Service. Dr Hilary Tierney, National University of Maynooth. And Dr Patrick Burke, Youth Work Ireland (Moderator)
Time To Move Youth Information Service Local Events.
TTM EU Table Quiz
The team also presented the EVS (European Voluntary Service) “Is Europe for You”? Workshop to the Youth Worker Team.
Please contact the YIC for further information or any questions.
For further details and to register click here.
Eurodesk Ireland and Léargas are hosting their "Time To Move" event on
11 October 2016 in Dublin Castle. KYS Youth Information Service invites youth workers, guidance counsellors, youth and career officers and everyone working with young people to attend. It is a one-day national event, celebrating the Europe-wide Eurodesk campaign "Time To Move". The campaign promotes mobility opportunities for young people in Europe. The event will bring those in the Youth sector together to:
Come and join the discussion, attend the workshops and gather useful information for young people you are working with!
The programme includes the following:
This event is a joint initiative of Eurodesk Ireland, Youth Information Services, Europe Direct Information Centres and SpunOut.ie, in cooperation with Euroguidance. The event is free of charge, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
For further details and to register click here.
Check Out Locally What the YIC are doing Locally to Celebrate the "Time to Move" Campaign!
Kildare Youth Services, Youth Information Service
Are Celebrating Eurodesk
“Time To Move” Annual Campaign
Week of the 17th of October
"Time To Move" Table Quiz
Testing the knowledge of young people around what they know about Europe. Opening up communication about Europe. Creating a learning opportunity while having fun.
We plan to have some goodies for prizes.
Week of the 24th of October
"Time To Move" Is Europe for You? Workshops
The aim of the workshop is to break down barriers and misconceptions around accessing opportunities for young people in Europe
Drop into the Youth Information Centre to find out more…...
Are you looking for a Volunteering Opportunity?
Voluntary Service International (VSI) is a sending EVS organisation so if your 18 to 30 and interested in volunteering you can visit http://www.vsi.ie to find out more informaton or you can contact Helen directly at [email protected]
VSI have volunteer vacancies in a range of countries with EVS who receive financial support (travel, food/accommodation, pocket money, insurance and back up from VSI etc.) Volunteers will have a great opportunity to develop their skills – practical, social and language as well as experiencing life in a new culture.
EU-funded European Voluntary Service (EVS) vacancies are in France, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Armenia and Greece.
VSI are seeking volunteers for a range of social and community projects in the areas of human rights education, youth and community work, disability support, arts and culture and teaching. Projects start in November 2016 and last from 8 to 12 months. Volunteers receive free accommodation, food, insurance, language training, preparation and in country training + monthly allowance and generous support for travel.
Application procedure: Download the application form on our website and return to VSI by Wednesday 5 October 5.00pm. Volunteers will be interviewed over skype by VSI/the host organisations. Send completed applications forms to Mateja in VSI: [email protected]
Following on from the success of the YIC Internet Safety Programmes
The YIC facilitated a two week Summer Internet Safety Creative Art Programme
The aim of the programme is to empower young people to think about their own online behaviour. Learn how to be safe online and take action quickly if they or others feel unsafe.
Internet safety can be a serious topic so we introduced a bit of fun into the summer programme, by incorporating a creative art element. Where young in the programme had the opportunity in the second week to create a internet safety art mural in the Centre. Young people created messages of staying safe online from what they had learned from the programme.
They learned lots, had great fun and created a great piece of art they can be very proud of.
Well done to all involved.
Flying the Coop 2016
Flying the Coop is available from KYS Youth Information Centre for just 50c Drop in and get your copy
This publication is a guide for many of the issues facing students leaving home and going to college for the first time in September. The booklet covers a whole range of topics including: how to deal with the emotional adjustment; moving and finding accommodation; knowing your tenants rights; budgeting and understanding the costs of college; who can provide help when things aren’t always exciting and new.
Flying the Coop has tips and advice from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), some Student’s Union Officers and it also includes top tips from current Third Level students and from front line professional College Officers. So all the information included comes from people who are the most up-to-date on all things college-related and who have gone through the process that new students are facing.
The big hype about going to college is usually in August when CAO offers are made. While this is a hugely important and busy time, it is really prudent to start planning now before the Leaving Certificate exams are over. Forward thinking Guidance Counsellors and local Parent’s Councils are keen to help students prepare in plenty of time, so we felt this year we should launch Flying the Coop now instead of August."
Win a trip to
New York City
Limited Draw to 1000 members for monthly VIP Experiences while still providing essential support for the Youth Work Ireland cause.
Youth Work Ireland monthly draw. The draw helps fund our many services and helps ensure their continuity
View details of the super monthly prizes http://youthworkireland.club/
including a trip to the big apple here.
April 16th - April 23rd
Youth Work Ireland Week, now in its 5th year, will run from April 16th - April 23rd, this year the theme is Mental Wellbeing and throughout the Week we will be highlighting and promoting the positive contribution youth services make in supporting young people’s mental health, particularly around issues of anxiety.
In the Youth Information Centre we are highlighting positive mental health messages. What do you do? or what will you do? to positively improve your mental health. Young people have been discussing and exploring ways to improve their mental health. They have written what they do messages on paper leaves and pinning them to the Nurture Your Mental Health Tree. Helping positive Mental Health to grow. All welcome to drop-in and participation in the positive mental health activity. The YIC have also a variety of mental health publications you can pick up in the centre.
LAUNCH OF KYS STRATEGIC PLAN 2016 TO 2018
Call into the YIC to get a copy, e-mail or phone 045 897893.
Thank you to all that attended the launch.
Our Vision: KYS strives towards a vision of an inclusive and just society where young people, children and families are valued in their own right as individuals and are positively engaged and supported by their communities and by the wider society to reach their full potential.
Is EVS for You?
Amazing experience and great career opportunity!
To find out more,
drop-in, phone or e-mail the YIC
The European Voluntary Service Programme (EVS) is an EU funded programme for 18-30 year olds. The programme funds travel, accommodation, food and pocket money as well as preparation, on-arrival training and personal support during the project. Volunteering opportunities are available from 2 to 12 months (shorter periods and extra financial support are available for those with extra support needs e.g. those who have a disability and unemployed people).
Are you Studying Social Care or Community & Youth Work?
Are you looking for a placement in 2016?
Kildare Youth Services provide opportunities for student’s placement in the Youth Information Centre.
If you are interested in a placement in the Youth Work Sector
please e-mail Ger Cronin Youth Information Co-ordinator at [email protected] please include your CV and placement requirement and dates.
Closing date of interested students is the 4th December 2015. Interviews will take place on the 16th December
For Information on Kildare Youth Services please visit our website: www.kys.ie
Thanks to all the young people from KYS projects, clubs and groups, who entered this year’s Kildare Youth Services Christmas e-Card Art Competition. We received a great variety of styles and artistic talents. It certainly showed what great creative young people we have in Kildare.
The competition was judged on artistic talent and creative expression, making it an inclusive art competition for all levels of ability.
The competition is judged in two categories, KYS entries and Non KYS entries. The two overall winning entries become KYS Official Christmas e-cards for 2015.
Congratulations go to:
Overall KYS Category WinnerNicole Dunne
Naas Youth Project
Overall Non KYS Winner:
Orla Mas-Mollinedo Pipers Hill College
Congratulations also go to KYS Category Winners:
10-14 Age Category:
Athena Fusciardi Clane Youth Project Prize winner
Holly Doonan Leixlip Youth Project Prize winner
Sarah O' Toole Kildare Town Youth Project Prize winner
Newbridge Family Resource Centre
In the 5-9 category only two entries were received and two entries in the 15-18.
A minimum of 5 cards must be received in each age category for the category to be judged. If this minimum is not met, the category will not be awarded.
We have decided to award each entry in these categories a certificate of participation and hope we can encourage more entries in these age category next year.
5-9 Age Category:
Jake Kelly Naas Youth Project
Certificate of Participation
Newbridge Family Resource
Cert of Participation
15-18 Age Category:
Darcy White Kildare Town Youth Project
Certificate of Participation
Congratulations to Non KYS Category Winners.
10-14 Age Category:
15-18 Age Category:
Certificate of Participation
KYS would like to thank every young person who entered the competition and a big thank you to the youth workers and teachers who worked with young people to encourage them to enter.
All are welcome to drop into KYS to see an exhibition of all competition entries, it may inspire you to enter the competition next year.
KYS would also like to give a big thank you to all the local business who generosity donated prizes for the winners.
Kildare Youth Services, Youth Information announce the “Time to Move” campaign.
KYS Youth Information Centre are inviting you to the “Time to Move” Information drop-in you're also welcome to phone or e-mail.
Information on opportunities for young people in Europe such as; Studying, Volunteering, Working or Travelling.
Time to Move postcard contest
A chance to win a 22 days continuous InterRail train ticket to travel around Europe.
As part of the campaign we are inviting all young people aged 13 to 30 years to take part in the postcard contest to represent Kildare. Postcard designs should be submitted by 4 October 2015. Users will vote for their favourite cards and Eurodesk will select two winners that will receive a 22 days continuous InterRail train ticket.
Young Europeans aged 13 to 30 years are invited to submit their postcard designs by 4 October 2015 via the contest page on Time to Move website or Eurodesk Facebook page. The goal is to collect creative postcards from locations across Europe. Creative techniques such as collaging, drawing, painting, graphic designing, etc. are warmly welcomed.
are invited to like their favourite cards on the contest page. At the end of
the contest, Eurodesk will choose the two best entries from the twenty most
The contest is organised by Eurodesk and sponsored by InterRail. It is part of the Time to Move campaign, dedicated to inform young people about useful resources and international mobility opportunities. It takes place from 21 September to 4 October 2015.
For more information: timetomove.info
YIC 2015 Latest News:
Kildare Youth Services Calls For A ‘Yes’ Vote in Marriage Equality Referendum
Kildare Youth Services, call for a ‘YES’ vote in the forthcoming Marriage Equality Referendum.
The referendum will be held on 22nd May and Kildare Youth Services are joining Youth Work Ireland, the national youth work organisation and BeLonG To, the national organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people, together with a nationwide coalition of other youth and children’s organisations, in calling on parents to help secure a ‘Yes’ vote.
Commenting, Tom Dunne, Regional Director of Kildare Youth Services, said: “We are approaching this referendum from the perspective of equality, which is one of the core values of the organisation. While we recognise the validity of different individual viewpoints across the community, as an organisation that promotes and advocates for equality for all young people we will be supporting a ‘YES’ vote. We want to highlight the importance of this referendum for young people and future generations.”
Securing Equality for LGBT Young People “Securing marriage equality is hugely important for LGBT young people, in particular,” said Michael Barron of BeLonG To. “Too many LGBT young people experience difficult times growing up and know they don’t enjoy equal rights. If marriage equality is not passed, we reconfirm to them that their all too common experiences of homophobic bullying and rejection are acceptable in Ireland. This would be a devastating outcome.
“Many LGBT young people don’t have a voice because they’re still too young to vote but the outcome of this referendum will deeply affect their lives. They really want their parents and older relatives to campaign for and vote ‘yes’.”
EPIC Film Launch
"Bring Your Family With You" Film Launch
Kildare Youth Services, has today (13/05/15) called for a ‘YES’ vote in the forthcoming referendum on reducing the age for Presidential Candidates.
The referendum will be held on 22nd May and Kildare Youth Services are joining Youth Work Ireland, the national youth work organisation, in calling for a ‘Yes’ vote.
Commenting, Tom Dunne, Regional Director of Kildare Youth Services, said: “We believe the second referendum on the age to be a candidate for President has received no real attention from amongst the political establishment. We are getting behind the Youth Work Ireland Campaign which consists of a number of online posters highlighting the calibre, ability and achievements of some well-known under 35s who could not currently be candidates using the hashtag “#not2young”.
KYS, YOUTH INFORMATION CENTRE TAKE PART IN EUROPEAN YOUTH WEEK
European Youth Week took place from the 27th April to 10th May 2015 in all countries of the Erasmus+ Programme to celebrate and promote youth activities. In Ireland, Youth Information Centres, Youth Councils and Europe Direct Information Centres in association with Eurodesk are hosting a series of events during the week from a variety of locations.
All these professional information providers simultaneously facilitation a variety of interesting and interactive events for the duration of European Youth Week. The events being provided include:
Erasmus+ and European Voluntary Service (EVS) will offer young people an opportunity to find out how they could get involved; tell them about the application processes and potential opportunities available.
European Quizzes: A chance to test your knowledge of European issues.
Information on Working, Studying, Volunteering or Travelling in Europe: will offer people the chance to get informed in aspects of youth involvement and opportunities through Eurodesk.
For more information contact Kildare Youth Services, Youth Information Centre, Canal Stores, Basin Street, Naas, Co. Kildare Tel: 045 897893 or e-mail [email protected]
OR visit www.eurodesk.ie Tel: 01 -872 2394
Youth Work Ireland Week in the YIC
The Youth Information Centre (YIC) took part in Youth Work Ireland Week 2015. The themed activity was Hear Us Now!
Hundreds of young people in member youth services and clubs, across Ireland took part in Hear Us Now! Workshops.
The aim of the workshops were to create a space for young people to express their views and opinions on what matters to them in Ireland today and to have the opportunity to have these views heard at the Youth Work Ireland’s Political Briefing that took place April the 22nd.
Young people from Leixlip YP, Clane YP and the YIC took part in these workshops. The YIC facilitated two youth groups from the YIC. Young people discussed and agreed the issues that are important to them and came up with solutions to them. They created microphones and wrote their issues and solutions on them. The groups also made a video of their issues. Their video was uploaded to the YIC and YWI facebook page. Visit facebook.com/yic.naas to view.
The groups sent their microphones to YWI. The YWI national office identified the top 3 issues submitted across it services.
Three Key Asks
ASK 1. NATIONALLY
ASK 2. LOCALLY
ASK 3. YOUNG PEOPLE’S ASK
The issue of most concern to the majority of young people, who took part in Hear Us Now, was school/education and this ranged from less school hours, no uniforms, having more say in the curriculum, more teachers, more counselling services, more information on the links between subject choice and career. The education issue formed one of
Youth Work Ireland’s key asks at the Political Briefing which was attended by over 80 TDs & Senators and 4 Ministers.
The issues were displayed at the Political Briefing and was given to the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, James Reilly.
All the clubs and projects that took part in Hear Us Now workshops and uploaded a video were entered into a draw for a €400 cash prize. Drum roll! The lucky winners were the young people from the Youth Information Centre.
Congratulations and well done to the groups and all the young people who took part in workshops in their youth projects.
Youth Work Ireland Week
YIC Window Display of all KYS Youth Groups Hear Us Now! Workshop Issues and Solutions
Register to Vote
The YIC are encouraging all young people to register to VOTE. If your not sure if your registered or not you can just check the register online.
120,000 young people across the country are not registered to vote. Please encourage everyone you know to check the register online onwww.checktheregister.ie to ensure they can vote on May 22nd.
The deadline to register to vote is next Tuesday May 5th, with the bank holiday weekend it's really important to register before the weekend!
Flying the Coop 2015 Edition - Don’t leave home without It!
The must have guide to living away from home and going to college.
In the current financial recession, going to college now also poses an even bigger challenge in financial terms to both students and parents alike. This has been reflected in the increase in applications for hardship assistance, those presenting for counselling support for stress due to financial difficulties and also the drop-out rate. An increase has also been noted in the numbers of students opting to commute from home to help reduce costs; also increased are those opting for accommodation in Student Residences, where utility bills are included up front thereby easing the worry of budgeting.
Despite this, leaving home to go to College remains a time of transition that is also filled with excitement and great opportunities, new learning, new friendships and the first steps towards a new career.
As with most transitions, things can be made easier with preparation and having vital information. Towards this end, Flying the Coop booklet is aimed at informing and guiding students through the process of leaving home and living independently, primarily with College in mind.
Flying the Coop provides a wealth of information on subjects such as
• Making the Adjustment
• Accommodation Hunt
• Tenants’ Right
• Cost & Budgeting
• Helpful Contacts
Flying the Coop is a publication of Youth Work Ireland, Roscommon NE, Galway and costs only 50c.
You can pick up your copy from Kildare Youth Services, Youth Information Centre
The YIC have been busy delivering the Social Networking Safety Programme to Clane Youth Project Homework Group. The group are also taking part in the Super Selfie Competition. A great group of young people, doing great work.
The YIC are supporting Safer Internet Day on the 10th February 2015. Starting the 10th of February the YIC are hosting Social Networking Safety Workshops and Presentation for young people who are members of our Public Computer & Internet Access and KYS Youth project groups. "Lets create a better internet together"
If your between 12 and 25 years, a student or unemployed, why not drop into the YIC and sign up as a member of our free Computer & Internet Access and join us in support safer internet day on the 10th of February.
#UP2US Super Selfie competition and be in with a chance to win a prize. You can use the YIC camera phone and selfie stick to take your photo. It will be great fun. If your under 18 we require a photo consent form to be signed by a parents or guardian. Drop in and find out more!!!!!
The YIC will have some goodies to give away to young people who complete the Social Networking Safety Workshops or Presentation next week. When there gone there gone!
Kildare Youth Service, Youth Information Centre attended the County Kildare Integration Strategy Launch
The Mayor and Members of Kildare County Council,
In association with County Kildare LEADER Partnership,
The strategy was launched by Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Department of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture.
The Minister was very interested in the work KYS do with young people towards social inclusion.
The Integration Strategy framework for Co. Kildare has been designed to be able to monitor integration through a number of indicators within each of following areas - education, enterprise, active citizenship and social inclusion. The Integration Strategy focuses on Non-Irish Nationals and individuals with Non- Irish background.
A BIG THANK YOU for you support!
A representative from Tesco Extra Naas presented Rachel from the YIC with a cheque from the Tesco Community Fund. A big that you to Tesco and all the community who put their blue tokens into the YIC tubs. All funds will go towards providing services and programmes for young people in County Kildare.
The SpunOut.ie Survival Guide aims to help you navigate the difficult challenges in life, whether at home, in school, at college or in work. The book contains information on dealing with lots of different issues including; mental health problems, exam stress, finding a job, sexual health, alcohol & drugs, healthy living, bullying and much more.
You can drop into the YIC and pick up your free hardback copy!
Are you under 18 and live in Kildare? are you LGBT or Friends of LGBT?
Kildare's LGBT Youth Group would like to invite Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Friends of LGBT to drop-in this Saturday and check out our new group.
Kildare Youth Services with the guidance and support of BeLonG To Youth Services, the national organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans young people in Ireland.
The KLGBT Youth Group is open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans young people, their friends and young people who might be questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. The group will offer a mix of one-to-one and group supports to young people attending as well as an exciting programme of activities.
Speaking at the announcement today, Maura Littlewood, North Kildare Coordinator with Kildare Youth Services said "We're delighted to announce the opening of KLGBT within Kildare Youth Services, for many years LGBT young people in Kildare have had to commute to the city centre in Dublin to access support, information and advice. We're very thankful for the support of BeLonG To in helping us to open an LGBT youth group locally."
KLGBT support young people to be themselves, develop new skills and grow as individuals. The group will operate from Kildare Youth Services on Basin Street in Naas (opposite Naas Library).
David Carroll, Director of Services with BeLonG To, said on the announcement of "KLGBT. LGBT Youth Group to be established in Ireland as part of our National Network of groups. We're extremely thankful to Kildare VEC, Kildare Co. Council, the Kildare LGBT Group, and the Community Foundation for Ireland for their ongoing and continued support in helping to get this vital community support in place."