Roscommon’s first ever major youth work fair

Roscommon LEADER Partnership, together with development agencies partners, has announced details of a Roscommon’s first ever major youth work fair which aims to encourage the networking of youth workers and youth organisations while promoting youth entrepreneurship within County Roscommon.

  As part of an EU project, Youth Enterprise through Arts, the youth work fair has become a magnet for key speakers in youth, enterprise and arts disciplines respectively. The youth work fair will play host to prestigious entrepreneurs and speakers who have a vested interest in youth work and the arts.

  Youth Enterprise through Arts is a pan-European project working collaboratively in Northern Ireland (Dungannon), France and Malta. This project is funded under the Erasmus+ programme which aims to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The Irish project partners include Roscommon LEADER Partnership and Leitrim-based training and development organisation Momentum. A high-impact regional alliance was formed in Roscommon made up of an array of partners. This alliance consisted of Roscommon County Council (Local Enterprise Office and Arts Office), Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB), Youth Work Ireland, Tusla, Foróige, Scouting Ireland, Comhairle na nÓg and Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy project.

  The focus of this project is to enable youth workers to competently deliver a course curriculum to young people. This will be done through integrating entrepreneurship training into youth services in the field of creative, performing and digital arts.

  Martina Earley, CEO of Roscommon LEADER Partnership, expressed her enthusiasm for the YEA project. The sense of establishing something new in uncharted territory was a welcome opportunity rather than a potential challenge.

  Michael Kelly, GRETB youth officer, believed this youth fair was a major milestone for the Roscommon region with far-reaching benefits to neighbouring counties.

  This free youth work fair will take place in Kilbride Community Centre in Fourmilehouse (four miles north of Roscommon Town) on Saturday October 8th. On the day, the youth fair will be opened by Fergal O’Donnell.

  Please book you place at the fair through the Eventbrite, follow the links on www.yea-project.eu or alternatively contact Amanda Mee, Erasmus Project Manager, Roscommon LEADER Partnership on 086-0460046.