Transforming Hate in Youth Work Settings: This educational tool and practice manual outlines an innovative new approach on how to transform hate in youth work settings. Focused on the youth worker, and their practice, it looks at self-awareness, taking a needs-based approach, and building connections with young people though empathic listening.
Life Stories: This is an educational activity pack that gives a voice to young people from a diverse range of minority groups in Ireland. The young people’s stories form the basis of the pack. These stories are supported by group work, simulation games, drama and art activities, which enable young people to explore identity in Ireland and around the world.
All Different All Equal: An anti-racist and intercultural education resource for youth workers: This resource attempts to accommodate the considerable changes that have occurred in Ireland over the last few decades with regard to population diversity. The resource aims to help youth workers address issues of racism and equality with their young people. It puts these issues in a global context, highlighting the links between migration and development and between Ireland and other countries around the world.
Make Minority a Priority: This qualitative study explores the perspectives and experiences of 50 young minority ethnic people aged 15 to 24 years who have grown up in Ireland. This NYCI study aims to spark evidence informed debate in the youth sector and recommends new ways for youth organisations to work with young people from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Report on Consultations for an Intercultural Strategy for Youth Work: This report summarises information gathered as part of the focus group consultations held with young people, their parents, youth workers and representatives of minority ethnic communities including youth workers from minority ethnic backgrounds. Note this resource is from 2008.
Further resources from the NYCI Development Education Programme:
Peace and Justice: It’s Up to YOUth: This resource for youth workers on peace, justice and the sustainable development goals. It provides activities and opportunities for young people (and those who work with young people) to engage more on key issues of our time, to reflect on root causes and consequences, and looks to future pathways to peace, justice and equality.
Global Rights, Noble Goals: This resource, which includes activities, seeks to put the plight of refugees and the drivers of migration into a wider political context with the sustainable development goals as a tool providing insight and empathy.
One World Week: This is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland every year. Young people and those who work with young people learn about local, national and global justice issues and take action to bring about positive change. Scroll to the bottom of the page for resources published each year for One World Week.
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan: This is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.
The Garda Racial, Intercultural and Diversity Office (GRIDO): Your Police Service in Intercultural Ireland: The Garda Síochána has produced this resource which is a helpful piece of information on the Irish law which may affect people in their daily lives. It is also available from the GRIDO office in the following languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Irish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Spanish. More information is available from GRIDO, from your local Garda Station and from Citizen’s Information Offices. Please note: this document is slightly outdated and certain legal statements may have changed, however the essence of it remains true.
General activity-based resources:
Please note: some of these resources have been developed for teachers, however they can be adapted for a youth work context.
SALTO-YOUTH: ID Booklet: A practical manual with activities that stimulate youth work to be more inclusive and reach a more diverse target group. Their website also has further resources around equality and interculturalism.
Women’s Refugee Commission with UNHCR: Global Refugee Youth Consultation Toolkit: This toolkit aims to ensure that the voices of young refugees are heard in a variety of contexts. It provides guidance on how to deliver short consultations, over one day or less, that will gather similar information to the longer formal four-day format. This toolkit has been formulated for easy use by NGOs, CBOs and youth organisations in their countries.
ECO-UNESCO: Embracing Diversity: This presents a flexible, easy-to-use range of workshops, simulation games and activities designed to make young people aware of the alternatives to prejudice and stereotyping, using environmental education. It celebrates multiculturalism and the environment.
Show Racism the Red Card: Show Racism the Red Card Education Pack: this is an initiative set up to tackle racism in society through the medium of sport. Although this education pack is targeted towards schools (there is one for primary schools and one for secondary schools), this is a resource which can be used in other learning environments and in general anti-racism training.
Comhlámh: Diversity through the Arts: a resource with lesson plans addressing issues of culture and diversity through drama, visual art, storytelling and music for primary schools.
Chester Beatty Library: Ways of Seeing II: This resource pack encourages inclusivity in the classroom and will provide teachers and pupils with resources and frameworks that explore diverse faiths and cultures: Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and ancient Egyptian culture. It encourages teachers and pupils to engage with local collections in museums to do so.
Resources for working with young Muslims and tackling Islamophobia:
Immigrant Council of Ireland: Islamophobia in Dublin: This research gained personal experiences of anti-Muslim racism while discussing with what supports people felt were required, how these supports should look, and the role civil society organisations can have in making these supports a reality. The lead researcher, Dr. James Carr also has a report Experiences of Anti Muslim Racism in Ireland which is worth reading if you can get your hands on a copy.
Forgotten Women: the impact of Islamophobia on Muslim women (ENAR): Exploring the specific ways in which women who are Muslim identify themselves and how they experience discrimination and human rights violations in Europe. The project aims to document the disproportionate effect of Islamophobia on women and develop alliances between the anti-racism and feminist movements in order to better address the intersectional discrimination affecting Muslim women. The project took place in 8 countries, to get a representative picture of the situation of Muslim women in the European Union: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom.See also: https://youtu.be/E2K_SwDjCGo
Growing Islamophobia in Europe: Recent developments in Germany, Sweden and France (ENAR): Islamophobia is a specific form of racism that refers to acts of violence and discrimination, as well as racist speech, fuelled by historical abuses and negative stereotyping and leading to exclusion and dehumanisation of Muslims, and all those perceived as such. ENAR’s yearly shadow reports on racism in Europe have provided evidence of discrimination and stigmatization of Muslims and in particular as the result of hate crime, racial profiling, counter-terrorism policies, discriminatory laws preventing access in some areas of life like education and employment, and populist discourses by politicians and in the media. This paper looks at the European context of Islamophobia, it gives examples of hate crime incidents and calls on European policy makers to respond.
Directory of Migrant-led Churches and Chaplaincies: from the All-Ireland Churches Consultative Committee on Racism 2009 contains contact details for over 300 Churches and Chaplaincies led by migrants all over Ireland. Note that this resource has not been updated since 2009.
Mvslim: This is an online community that encourages creativity, self-development and entrepreneurship. Mvslim aims to unite people from different backgrounds and cultures and to make the world of Muslims more accessible to others.
We Belong to Glasgow: this is a short film created by a group of young people about how they feel they belong to Glasgow and also how they belong to their faith community. This film is part of the Stepping into Diversity project and was created in partnership between Interfaith Glasgow and the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council.
Interfaith Dialogue and Faith: What is Interfaith Dialogue? Why is it important? Listen in as members of staff from Interfaith Scotland discuss what their various faiths and beliefs mean to them and why they think that interfaith dialogue and Scottish Interfaith Week are important.
Give it up for Ramadan: a video resource where young people participate in an online educational resource on Ramadan.
Ombudsman for Children Office: ‘Direct Division Report’ and video: Direct Division report and video highlights the views and experiences of 73 children living in Direct Provision accommodation. The report and video explore the children’s lives in Direct Provision accommodation, as well as their experiences of inclusion and exclusion in school, the local community and wider Irish society. Video
Anti-Rumours Resource Pack, Doras Luimni (2017): The ‘Anti-Rumours’ campaign aims to dispel the widespread myths around the topic of immigration. This training resource pack is aimed at educators and community and youth workers in promoting integration and raising awareness about migrant-related issues, with a focus on challenging the most common myths about migration.More info
Migrants Rights Centre Ireland: Minding the Gap: This is an animated short created by the young members of MRCI’s Migrant Education Access (MEA) campaign in order to tell their stories and highlight the barriers they face trying to access 3rd level. Scroll down the page a little to view.See also
The Glucksman: ‘Once Upon a Place’: This project has worked with children living in direct provision centres in Cork City, Wallaroo Playschool and Gaelscoil Mhainistir Na Corann, Middleton to create artworks that consider the idea of place both imaginative and real.
Young Paperless and Powerful (YPP): is a campaign group for young people who are undocumented in Ireland. YPP use creative methodologies to advocate for change and a pathway to papers from undocumented migrants in Ireland. YPP is facilitated by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, contact Mairéad: email@example.com
SARI (Sports Against Racism): They work to involve young asylum seekers and refugees in sports opportunities. They have a football and other tournaments during the year in the Phoenix Park. Email to sign up for their email alerts. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
BeLonG To: Creating LGBTI+ Inclusive Schools and Youth Services: This 3 hour free online training on creating an environment that is safe and welcoming for the LGBTI+ young people that you work with. This training includes videos, exercises and quizzes to equip you at becoming better at listening to, understanding, responding to and supporting LGBTI+ young people.
BeLonG To: Stand Up Week Resources: Stand Up Awareness Week is a time for schools to take a stand against bullying that LGBTI+ students experience. This page provides resources from previous years which could be used or adapted for the youth work setting.
Lesson Plan: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia: Each student has a right to learn in a safe space. Bullying, whatever the motivation, is a violation of that right. Educators play a central role in preventing bullying in schools. They act every day to create safer spaces and have often developed innovative approaches to tackling sexuality-related bullying in general, and homophobia/ transphobia inparticular, in their classes. This pack contains 2 exercises for primary school children, and 2 exercises for post-primary school children.
Gender Diversity: A Qlife Guide for Health Professionals: QLife: This is a useful, brief poster-sized guide to understanding gender diversity and the information is not confined to a health context. Where many people assume that gender is binary; that all people are women or men, this guide explains that gender can more accurately be thought of as a colour palette, with many possible shades of identity and subtle expressions of gender far beyond only woman or man.
Shh! Silence Helps Homophobia – LGBT Youth Scotland: This video shows how silence can collude to perpetuate homophobia and has relevance for other areas of oppression. It takes the viewer on a journey, ‘a day in the life’ of a school boy and how people respond around him to direct instances of homophobia including direct verbal abuse, using homophobic slurs and homophobic tweets.
We Are Here: Intersex Youth: IGLYO: Five young intersex individuals speak about their own experiences to increase visibility of intersex youth and reduce isolation by reaching out to others on Intersex Awareness Day 2016.
Get to Know a Gender Affirming Plastic Surgeon: I Weigh Chats: Jameela Jamil of I Weigh talks to Dr Rachel Bluebond-Langner, MD, on the many steps of gender affirming surgery. This talks explicitly about the process involved and is not meant for young ears but would be important learning for youth workers.
Ending Gender – Scott Turner Schofield (TED Talks): Scott Turner Scholfield, a diversity speaker, discusses Trans* identity and gender in this TED Talk. In discussing non-binary gender identities, he explicates the theory of how, in ending gender, we would facilitate freedom of gender expression- thus invalidating the oppressive and constraining social construct which is gender.
Trans Youth Speak Out: IGLYO: Young #trans people face specific problems that are sometimes overlooked by the #LGBTQI community. During the first meeting of the Trans #Youth Network, participants were invited to share their concerns, priorities, and vision. Filmed during the Trans Youth Network Meeting 2018.
TENI: Transphobia in Ireland Report: including definitions, a human rights context, and good practice guidelines. This report gives a very good overview of transphobia is socialised and institutionalised in the island of Ireland.
IGLYO: Teachers Guide to Inclusive Education: this resource contains exercises in the second part which could be useful when working with young people. It also discusses various situations that could arise and ways they could be tackled.
Teaching Tolerance: Teaching Stonewall: this is a helpful resource for teaching the movement for LGBTI+ rights, starting at Stonewall. Despite being US-based, this is something that could be linked to an Irish and European context.
The 34th: The Story of Marriage Equality in Ireland: is an Irish documentary film by Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea on the 34th amendment which amended the Constitution of Ireland to permit marriage to be contracted by two persons without distinction as to their sex. It is available on Netflix.
Documentary on the LGBT History of Galway: A documentary was made about the emergence of a visible LGBT community and Pride celebration in Galway. The documentary is an important record of the work done by members of the LGBT community in Galway from the 1980’s up to the end of the millennium, with a particular focus on what it was like to set up a Pride Festival (Bród) in Galway, and what it means to have such a festival. It is an empowering account of activism.
Handsome Devil: this Irish comedy-drama film centres around two boys in a private secondary school in Ireland. It plays on the themes of homophobia, snobbery and ‘fitting in’ in school. It is a great film to watch with a youth group.
Involve: Involve is the main provider of youth work Services for young Travellers throughout the country, delivering support, training and strategy to the youth projects linked to the association which enhances their development. They also publish the Travellers’ Voice magazine.
Exchange House Ireland: this is the national Travellers service in Ireland that provides frontline and support services to Travellers. They offer education and training services, services for young people, family support and crisis intervention services, addiction services, and the National Traveller Mental Health Service. They also have other services, and more on this can be found on their website.
Pavee Point: Pavee Point works with Travellers, Roma, and other members to promote Traveller rights and act on relevant issues. They have a very useful library of resources on their website.
Irish Traveller Movement: ITM are a membership-based organisation, which acts on behalf of and for the interests of Travellers and Traveller organisations nationally and internationally. There is a considerable amount of information to be found on their website, as well as some resources.
STATUS Toolkit (Youth Work Ireland): this resource pack enables youth workers to facilitate greater engagement with young travellers and, also outlines research to assist youth workers and volunteers understand the needs of one of the most marginalised groups of young people in Ireland. The toolkit provides a step by step guide facilitating and creating organisational best practice in the engagement, participation and retention of Traveller youth in Mainstream youth services.
Progressing Traveller Inclusion in Youth Work (Foróige): This training manual and toolkit has been designed to promote quality youth work provision to the Traveller community. This resource uses the framework of NYCI’s Access All Areas to outline policy and practice for creating an inclusive youth space for Travellers in Ireland.
No Barriers, No Borders (SALTO Youth): A practical booklet for setting up international mixed-ability youth projects (including persons with and without a disability) and is a powerful resource that covers a vast amount of disability topics and aspects.
Disability Awareness Film: Basingstoke and District Disability Forum: This series of four videos offer a first-person insight into living with a disability. The videos look at learning disabilities, mental health awareness, physical disability and sensory disability awareness. These resources are part of the Films to Schools programme used by Basingstoke and District Disability Forum to promote inclusion andopportunities for anyone with a disability, by providing information and bringing people together.
What is a learning disability? (MENCAP): Learning disability is often confused with learning difficulties such as dyslexia or ADHD. Mencap describes dyslexia as a “learning difficulty” because, unlike learning disability, it does not affect intellect. This page further expands on this.
Makaton: Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression. Their website has further resources once you make a free account.
BrowseAloud: this is an interesting tool that makes websites, including your organisations, more accessible to those with visual impairments, with learning difficulties, those whose first language is not English and other groups.
Grace App: Grace App stores a basic picture vocabulary of Foods, Things I like, Places, Colors, Sizes and Shapes on a phone with a function for creating a sentence that can be read together. It is a portable means of supporting the communicationdevelopment of the user, wherever they go and is proving invaluable in improving vocalisations through consistency of use over time. Grace and the other children have also learned to share what they see and photograph independently, as a result of using the App.
Am I making myself clear? Mencap’s guidelines for accessible writing: people with a learning disability face extra challenges in getting the information they need. This resource looks at how we can adjust how we present information to make it easier for everyone to understand. Please note this resource refers to legislation which does not apply here in Ireland.
Your guide to: Communicating with people with a learning disability: This guide is designed to provide a brief introduction to communication, and the problems faced by someone with a learning disability. It also contains tips on how you can be a better communicator, and how you can help someone with a learning disability to get their message across.
Easy Doc Creator: this is a tool for making picture stories with a large library of images to choose from. It is very accessible to use and could even be helpful if working with young people whose first language is not English.
Mind your selfie project and resources (St Patricks Mental Health Service): from this webpage there is a number of very good linked resources for both primary and secondary school which could be easily adapted as tools for youth services. There are presentations on mental health, a wellness calendar, activities, journals, videos and other inventive resources for tackling the topic of mental health with young people, or talking to a young person when you think they may be struggling with a mental health issue currently.
A Mental Health Resource for Youth Workers and Volunteers (Headstrong): This resource is intended to offer a “user friendly” entry point into what can sometimes be a complex mental health service and how to help young people struggling with their mental health. It can be difficult as a youth worker to know your place in thisprocess and this resource aims to support you to work through this, linking to helpful information where possible.
Mind Your Head (Youth Work Ireland Cork): this resource is designed specifically for youth workers, leaders and peer educators. It is a seven session resource, but each session can be done individually or followed from one to seven as a programme covering various mental health concerns. There is some advice in terms of safeguarding concerns and the resource is designed to be used without needing any extra funding to do so.
My World Survey (UCD/Jigsaw): this website outlines the research from Ireland’s largest study of young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Some of the information, displayed in colourful graphics, may be helpful if you are trying to understand the picture of youth mental health in Ireland, or explain the importance of mental health promotion to someone.
Heads Up! (Right Here): This toolkit was designed under the belief youth work and mental health go hand in hand. Through their project, Right Here found mental health promotion and intervention was well received by young people when it is framed through activities. These session plans and activities offered in this comprehensive toolkit can help you to build the emotional well-being of the young people you work with.
Promoting the participation of young people with mental health issues: In this report the most important issues, recommendations, key messages and good practices regarding youth work and mental health from nine different countries havebeen assimilated. Mental health is a key issue for our young people and our society in the years to come and this report believes youth work is well placed to respond.
Mental Health School Flag Project (Kilkenny Comhairle na nÓg): this is an interesting read for those interested in understanding the support structures that are important in terms of safeguarding young people’s mental health. This project aimed to promote mental health education in schools and empowering young people to advocate for mental health rights.
ProMenPol: this website, supported by the European Network for Mental Health Promotion, links to a number or mental health promotion resources for working with young people. It also includes a toolkit and a manual for implementing a mental health policy.
Young Pavees: Their Mental Health Needs A Research Report (Pavee Point): There is a significantly higher burden of mental illness within the Traveller community which is a reflection of the broader social determinants of health. This report highlights the impact of racism and discrimination on young Travellers mental health and self-esteem. It indicates that there continues to be stigma in relation to mental health among the Traveller community.
No Offence (SALTO Youth): SALTO have found many projects done over the past years with this target-group have turned out to be successful, showing them to be more than possible. This resource aims to highlight this and the positive influence of such projects. It contains information about the possibilities and opportunities that international projects offers for your work with this group of young people.
Youth Justice (Children’s Rights Alliance): this chapter discusses the mechanisms in place for when young people come into conflict with the law in Ireland. It may be helpful knowledge to some working with young people involved in the juvenile justice system.
Teen Parents Support Programme: is a support service for young mothers, young fathers and their families from pregnancy until the baby is 2 years of age. They offer support, information and advocacy in all areas of a young parent’s life. There are 11 TPSPs in Ireland. They have a TSPS Toolkit for working with pregnant and parenting teenagers which you can contact them to download.
On the spot! How to stop youth dropout! (SALTO Youth): This resource is the product of a project that focused on the prevention of early school leaving and the empowerment of young people at risk of doing so. It provides methods and tools to work with young people, as well as an understanding of what brings someone to leave school early.
Prejudice and Stereotype Lesson (UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2016): This resource created for 12-18 yr olds includes an interactive power point (Lesson 5) which aims to reveal participants own prejudicial and stereotypical views in order to introduce the concepts. It focuses specifically on gender and how this intersects with other aspects of identity. Participants explore stereotypes of different genders and of teenagers to 4 appreciate how it feels to be labeled. This enables them to empathise with other groups that can be stereotyped and to challenge the negative labels.
Gender specific toys: do you stereotype children? The toys children play with have an impact not only on how they see themselves and on what skills they learn, but also on how their brains physically develop. Some psychologists argue that this helps to explain why certain professions are so male-dominated. An increasing number of parents and carers now say they try to avoid gender-stereotyped play. As this experiment shows, though, it’s not always easy to overcome your own prejudices.
Run Like a Girl: Run Like a Girl is an ad campaign for a product that challenges the role of the stereotype #LikeaGirl and aims to critique the unquestioning use of stereotypes and how they impact on wider perceptions of gender roles.
The Gender Book Project: The Gender Book is a publication that aims to educate all age groups about gender, sexuality, etc. in an accessible and friendly format. This illustrated book (available as a free e-book, a condensed pamphlet or a hardback book) makes addressing gender, sexuality, sex, etc. – in all of its many manifestations – a core aspect of practice through its universally applicable style. This is an invaluable resource for practitioners and groups who are at the early stages of critically engaging with gender and sexuality.
Making it work: Good practice with young carers and their families: This practice guide is aimed at all agencies that have contact with young carers. It brings together a huge amount of information on working with young carers and provides a useful starting point for those new to this area of work and serve as a development resource for the more experienced.
The Beth Johnson Foundation: This is a national charity dedicated to making the UK and Northern Ireland age-friendly. Working with a network of volunteers, researchers, intergenerational practitioners, and age-specialist partner organisations. They have a number of resources which may be useful to intergenerational work.
The 29th April is European Day for Solidarity Between Generations: This day has been designated by the European Union each year and offers a platform to raise awareness and celebrate best practice in the community, organisational and policy level. A number of intergenerational activities take place around this time and initiatives such as LGNI and Generations Together advocate the celebration of this day throughout the relevant sectors.
Village International (SALTO Youth): This resource aims to disseminate a number of ideas, practice and methods for working with rural youth on an international project. It provides information on the role of a rural youth worker, the challenges, the benefits and other factors to setting up such a project.
Young People and Homelessness (Shelter): although this resource is based on the UK context, it provides information on how young people find themselves homeless and its impacts on their lives which is applicable to all young people affected by homelessness.
Homelessness (Spunout.ie): this short article explains the forms of homelessness and the supports available to young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Engaging Youth Experiencing Homelessness: although this resource is designed for healthcare workers, the information on why young people become homeless and how to engage young people who are homeless are both valuable to the youth worker.
Martin Beanz Ward on Intersectionality: Comedian Martin Beanz Ward speaks about why an understanding of intersectionality is important as a tool to challenge oppression and discrimination. As an LGBT man who is also a Traveller (an indigenous group of people from Ireland with a distinct language, culture and customs), he argues that there is great potential for the LGBT community to act as a unifying force across the multiple identity issues that exist within the community. He identifies the potential in acknowledging LGBT intersectional identities to fight oppression.
IGLYO: Norm Criticism Toolkit: this is a good activity resource that combines knowledge sharing with activities side-by-side, by learning and then practicing this resource.
LGBT Asylum: Three Stories: This video is in a US context; however it gives a good understanding of LGBTQI+ asylum seeking. Not in the context of sympathy orviewing the countries these came from as ‘different’, but to understand individual experience.
IGLYO: Intersectionality Toolkit: This is a practical guide for both individual activists and organisations to learn more about Intersectionality and its principles, and to provide a selection of activities to explore practice around inclusiveness.
Youth workers as agents for change (SALTO Youth): This article by Riikka Jalonen and Farkhanda Chaudhry encourages us to recall the radical traditions of youth work so that we can support young people to understand the unequal power structures in society and in understanding what they can do if they want to challenge the socio-political status quo.