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Let's Act on Inclusion

Each short clip in the video series, supported by the Equality Authority, can be used as a standalone resource to raise discussions within youth groups, or in conjunction with the free online resource Access All Areas: A Diversity Toolkit in order to embed diversity within youth groups. A new video will be posted each month.

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Video 8 - working with young parents

The video portrays the voices and experiences of young mothers from The Base Youth Centre, Ballyfermot together with their Youth Worker, Tracey Skerrit.  The actor is Katie Mahon, a member from Dublin Youth Theatre.

 

 

How to use this video

Watch this video to start a conversation about young parenthood together with your colleagues and youth group. Discuss what you could do to increase awareness around this issue and explore how to include and support young parents living in your community.

 

Do more of

Talk to young people about their life choices, about identifying and reaching their potential no matter what their circumstances are. Do activities and have discussions that challenge misconceptions about young parents. Direct young parents you are working with to this helpful website www.teenparents.ie/iopen24/

 

And finally

To learn more about including and working with young parents download the relevant chapter of our Access All Areas toolkit: application/pdf iconChapter 9 - working with young parents - all Ireland.pdf

 

Video 7 - working with young people with a physical or sensory disability

This video portrays young people and youth workers taking part in an integrated dance project. It allows viewers to look beyond the limitations that we might have imagined for people with disabilities and inspires us to think beyond disability to the variety of abilities we can all share.

 

 

How to use this video

Watch the video to start a conversation with your colleagues and youth group about working with young people with a physical or sensory disability. Discuss what you could do to increase awareness around this issue and include more people with a disability in your group. Start by looking at how you can adapt your current activities to include people who have a physical disability, have sight loss or who are Deaf – make it a group activity to adapt or devise your favourite activities.

 

Do more of

Explore this topic more by taking part in workshops (see the upcoming CREDability workshop description below; also talk to Irish Wheelchair Assoc (IWA) about their workshops that challenge attitudes, develop skills and encourages change for those who work with young people. More info from youth@iwa.ie). Building links with disability organisations and arts and sports groups that run accessible programmes (IWA, Irish Deaf Kids, Irish Deaf Youth, National Council of the Blind, arts, theatre and sports groups etc)


And finally

To learn more about working with young people with a physical or sensory disability download the relevant chapter of our Access All Areas toolkit:application/pdf iconChapter 5 - working with young people with a physical disability, have sight loss or who are Deaf

 

 

Video 6 – working toward gender conscious youth work   

This video portrays young people considering their career options in the context of gender conditioning and the various roles we traditionally expect for ourselves.

 

 

How to use this video

Watch the video to start a conversation about gender conditioning together with your colleagues or youth group. Discuss what you could do to increase awareness around this issue. Do activities or have discussions that challenge gender stereotyping. A list of approaches you could take to discuss the topic with your group are available in Chapter 11 of our online Diversity Toolkit Access All Areas

 

Do more of

Talk to young people about their life choices, about identifying and reaching their own personal dreams, and achieving their potential even in the face of the current difficulties.

 

And finally

To learn more about working to challenge gender stereotyping and take a gender conscious approach to your work go to Chapter 11 in our online Diversity Toolkit Access All Areas

 

 

Video 5 - involving young people from a minority ethnic background.

In this video young people from minority ethnic backgrounds talk about being involved in youth work activities and the support they get from this. Grace Walsh from Voluntary Services International talks about their experience of working with young people from diverse cultural backgrounds and what they think is important for others to know. 

 

 

How to use this video:

Watch the video to start a conversation about engaging with young people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Together with your colleagues or youth group discuss what you could do to increase your knowledge about cultural issues and how to make your youth space more welcoming and inclusive. Do activities that promote diversity and tackle racism. A list of resources on inclusion activities is available on www.intercultural.ie/resources.

Do more of:

Take action on racism in your community. Create a poster to raise awareness on how to report racist incidences. See www.ireport.ie, talk to your local Gardaí, and email stopracism@immigrantcouncil.ie

And finally

To learn more about working with young people from minority ethnic backgrounds download the relevant chapter from our Diversity Toolkit: application/pdf iconChapter 2 - working with young people from a minority ethnic background - all ireland.pdf

Video 4 – working with young LGBT people

In this video the MUI (My Unique Identity) group from Carlow talk about the value of having their own LGBT youth group and the support they get from their youth worker, Leanne. They discuss some of the issues that they have experienced and what they think is important for other youth workers and young people to know.

 

 

How to use this video

Watch the video to start a conversation about engaging with young LGBT people or with LGBT issues. Together with your colleagues or youth group discuss what you could do to increase your knowledge about LGBT issues and how to make your youth space more LGBT friendly. Use the momentum of LGBT Pride week (21st to 30th June) to do something to raise awareness of and celebrate diversity in your youth group and community. Maybe start by going on to BeLonG To’s website www.belongto.org.

Do more of

Do activities that promote having pride in one’s identity, including LGBT pride. Perhaps put together a collage of LGBT people who are well known to display on your wall.

And finally

To learn more about working with young LGBT  people Download our online Diversity Toolkit Access All Areas Chapter 3

Video 3 - Including Travellers

In this video Domhnall, a youth worker in Finglas Youth Resource Centre and Michael Collins, a youth worker from Pavee Point talk about their work with young Travellers. They discuss Traveller culture and what they think it’s important for youth workers to know. Michael and Domhnall work as peer workers; each support the other as they work with a number of Traveller groups together.

 

 

How to use this video

Watch the video to start a conversation about engaging with young Travellers. Together with your colleagues or youth group discuss what you could do to increase your knowledge about Traveller culture. Explore how Travellers and settled people could work more closely together. Build links between Travellers and settled people in your area. Contact your local Traveller organisation. Go to www.itmtrav.ie. Click on where you are located on the map of Ireland at http://itmtrav.ie/network/itmmember. Support Travellers to become involved as volunteer's and youth workers within your organisations

 

Help to instill pride amongst Travellers and in Traveller culture by celebrating Traveller Pride Week over the next 2 weeks. Get involved in one of the events that are happening or build Traveller Pride Week into your programme of work. Traveller Pride Week is held every year to celebrate the contribution that Travellers make to Irish Society. It brings together the 7 National Traveller Organisations. The Traveller Pride Awards recognise the achievements of Travellers across a range of categories including Arts/Culture, Music, Sport, Youth, Education, Enterprise, and Community Development. Coverage of this year’s awards (held last week) will be up on the Irish Traveller Movements facebook page and on the website www.itmtrav.ie. This year Traveller Pride runs over two weeks from 13th-17th May for National Events and 20th to 24th for local events.

Do more of

Do activities that promote inclusion and challenge discrimination and stereotyping. Put together a collage of Travellers who are well known or who have won awards (Kelly Mongan, John Joe Nevin, actor Michael Collins, Traveller Pride award winner Mary Maugham etc.) together with images representing Traveller specific skills and display it on your walls. Invite a Traveller to your group to talk about aspects of Traveller culture. Think about nominating a young Traveller/s for next year’s Traveller Pride Awards.

And finally

To learn more about working with young Travellers, book an information session with Pavee Point. You can learn more about working with young Travellers by going to our online Diversity Toolkit Access All Areas: Chapter 4

Thanks to the Equality Authority who funded this project.

Video 2 - Mental Health

The Being Well group from Hi Rez Youth Group, Bray talk about mental health. They describe how they have built their capacity to be of support to other young people and to promote a positive message about mental health.

 

 

To learn more about working with young people with a mental health issue: Download application/pdf iconChapter 7 - working with young people with a mental health issue - all Ireland.pdf

How to use this video
Start a conversation about what mental health means to the group of young people you work with. Similar to a five a day for physical health, draw up a “five a day” for promoting positive mental health. Ask your group to discuss what 5 things they can do each day to keep them mentally well.

Do more of
Recognise the work you are currently doing to support young people’s mental health in your organisation and continue to promote positive mental health. 

And finally
To learn more about promoting mental health and wellbeing with young people, check out Mindout – A mental health promotion programme offered by the National Youth Health Programme.   

 

Video 1 – Equality

It isn’t always easy to say what equality is. In this video we hear what young people had to say.

 

 

How to use this video: 

Start a conversation about the changes people in your group would like to see in the world around them and the steps we can take to get there. 

Do more:
Try doing the activity ‘Stepping Up’  to explore inequalities and how they affect different people.

And finally:
To learn more about embedding equality in your youth group go to Chapter 1.

 

Video 9 - Working with Young People with learning disabilities

This animated video features young people with different learning disabilities explaining the communication style that best suits them and how youth workers can make instructions easier to understand.  The voices are provided by actors from Dublin Youth Theatre.

 

 

How to use this video

Watch the video to start a conversation with your colleagues and youth group about learning abilities and disabilities.  Do an activity to discover everyone’s preferred learning style and share this with everyone in the group. Remember that people will also tend to give instruction or pass on information in their own preferred learning style. Work out ways to present information in as many different ways as possible in your youth setting so that everyone is included.

Do more of

Raise awareness about how we all have our own way of learning, understanding and communicating. Discuss how difficulties with one style often results in greater skills in a different style of communicating (People with literacy difficulties often develop exceptional memory and storytelling skills). Draw on all the styles and skills of members of your group. You can find a basic learning style test on www.brainboxx.co.uk/. This will test strengths in just 3  key areas so you will also need to go beyond this test to discuss and understand things such as concentration, coordination, social difficulties, personal learning challenges etc.  

And finally

To learn more about working with young people with learning disabilities: Download: application/pdf iconAccess All Areas - Chapter 6 - working with young people with a learning disability.pdf

 

Video 10 – working across the generations

The video portrays extracts from a poem written as part of an intergenerational project at Rahoon Youth Project, Galway. It beautifully captures the process of ageing that touches all generations – what we call the life cycle approach.

 

 

It was designed to help you to start a conversation about intergenerational work in your community and to introduce you to our new chapter in our online Diversity Toolkit: Access All Areas

application/pdf iconChapter 13 - Working across the generations, which will help you to do intergenerational youth work.
 

The chapter was written by Vicki Titterington (Linking Generations Northern Ireland), Keelin McCarthy (Age Action), and Cathrina Murphy (Postgraduate Scholarship Student, Dublin Institute of Technology). This video project was funded by the Equality Authority

 

Access All Areas

Access All Areas contains a series of interactive chapters which enable an individual or a group to see the level of access they are providing to all young people, especially those from minority ethnic communities, young Travellers, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender young people, young people with a disability, early school leavers, young people involved in the juvenile justice system, young parents and young people with mental health issues.

To download, right-click on each chapter in the list of pdf files below.

This resource was part-financed by the European Union's European
Regional Development Fund
through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

 European Regional Development Fund - Investing in your future.

Get more resources for interculturalism, equality and inclusion at www.intercultural.ie

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