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Joining a youth arts project this Autumn - what you need to know

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:00

What questions should you be asking before joining a youth arts project? A new guide published by the National Youth Council of Ireland today aims to help young people and their parents choose the after school activities that are right for them.

With such a variety of exciting after school activities available, it’s important that young people feel confident to ask questions about projects they are thinking of joining. That was the message from Anne O’Gorman of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), speaking in advance of the publication today (17.08.17) of the organisation’s new guide Questions to ask about joining a youth arts project – helping you find the perfect fit!

The NYCI, which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide, is launching this publication in advance of the busy ‘back to school’ time, to help parents and young people that may be considering after school activities.

Anne O’Gorman, who manages the NYCI Youth Arts Programme said: “We are delighted to be launching this guide to questions to ask about joining a youth arts project today. This handy step-by-step guide will help young people, youth workers and parents choose the after school activities and projects that are right for them.

“It does this by providing you with suggested questions you can ask about what exactly will be involved -- What will we be doing every week? Is there a fee to join? How have you recruited who will be working with me? How do I get to have a voice in the decision making? etc -- and what potential answers might sound like,” continued Ms O’Gorman.

“Every youth arts project is different. With so many exciting after school activities available and such variety in the approach and content of these activities, it’s important that young people feel confident to ask questions about projects they are thinking of joining. With questions covering issues around child protection, decision making, what happens during the sessions, how much work they are expected to do and much more, this guide will help young people, their parents and youth workers, to find the best fit for them,” concluded Ms O’Gorman.

The full guide is available for free download here: http://www.youth.ie/QuestionsToAsk

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For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on  or 087 781 4903 or communications@nyci.ie (main NYCI line: 01 478 4122)

Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland

The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.