We all have a role in facilitating peace personally, locally, and globally! by Aoileann Conway (YMCA Ireland)
Name: Aoileann Conway
Where I live: N. Ireland
Profession: Community Youth Work (Ulster University graduate)
Interesting fact: I live for the outdoors and a good cup of tea!
m-power is a youth project that is in nine YMCA’s and one YWCA and delivered in 10 locations across the isle of Ireland. The youth project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV program and naturally concerns itself with building, promoting, and facilitating peace. The three core pillars in which the project is based are good relations, personal development, and citizenship.
Each program is delivered by qualified, professional youth workers in a non-formal, youth work setting. It offers qualifications, new experiences, adventure, outdoor pursuits, sports, difficult discussions, and a time to reflect.
Each program has the same foundation, yet no two are the same as they are rooted in meeting the needs of individual young people to support their growth and personal development.
I deliver the youth project across two neighboring towns and multiple communities. As a team we have offered new experiences, accredited qualifications, built meaningful relationships, and delivered purposeful programs to 150 young people. It has been a highlight of my youth work career to support young people in the exploration of their identity, culture, and walk with them through key moments of Ireland’s historic troubles.
Together we have broken down barriers, challenged discrimination, and promoted acceptance of diversity and as a result, young people have developed socially with finding their place of belonging within their communities and thriving personally, building relationships where they never have before.
The 21st September 2020 marks International Day of Peace. I share my experience with you to acknowledge peace today and serve a gentle reminder that wherever or whoever you are, we all have a role in facilitating peace personally, locally, and globally!
*This is an outside blog that was sent from our partners form YMCA Ireland