Corrymeela News


Youth Work Conference

21 Jun 2013

The Corrymeela Community since 1965 has promoted transformative informal education approaches in participative and inclusive practices, through local and residential learning, with young people and youth workers. 

As part of our new Strategic Plan for 2013–16 Ivan Cross, our youth worker, is bringing together local youth workers in a collaborative training event where participants, through a new “Values, Research and Civic Good” Practice model, will critically examine how their current youth work programmes are focussed on participation and inclusion. Some of these workers are former Corrymeela volunteers.

This event aims to: critically examine best models of participative and inclusive youth work; establish the extent they offer enhanced experiences of equal citizenship, increase sensitivity to, solidarity and ease with different other young people; understand local and European history; examine Youth in Action Opportunities and give voice to, often silenced, young people.

From 26–28th June, Corrymeela is facilitating 35 youth workers to; examine discrete case studies on participation and inclusion; examine current research on inclusion and participation of young people; mentor one another through critical reflective practice pairs; develop skills through role plays and simulations; develop a joint future vision for our common work on all aspects of reconciliation practice and examine Youth in Action wider European opportunities for young people.

The event is supported by the British Council ‘Youth in Action’ Programme and the Youth Council for Northern Ireland.