Derry/Londonderry is a young city which needs to rise to meet the aspirations of it’s young people. There is a culture of joblessness and long term unemployment that impacts on the aspirations of young people that can result in disillusionment or departure – options that do not positively contribute to our community’s future.
The following includes our Citizen Reports on our Youth & Young People theme:
Watch this space for more reports coming soon!
Click here to listed back to Roisin & Emily on the Mark Patterson Show on Radio Foyle (from 39 mins & 30 secs) talking about the Young People Citizen Jury – ‘A City With Youth In Mind’.
62 young people took part in our focus group/study group process. The young people focused on what they felt the current issues and challenges were for them living in Derry/Londonderry. We asked them to imagine Derry/Londonderry as a City with Youth in Mind and what they felt needs to happen to create this. Participants included students from Irish Street Youth Club, REACH Across, Youth Action and EXTERN. Some of the issues highlighted included the lack of an immediate safe space, being stereotyped and not being able to find a job.
222 young people took part in the pop-up discussions. This included a wide range of young people from different backgrounds. The questions we focused on included:
All of the information gathered was used as evidence at the Young People Citizen Jury event.
The Young People Citizen Jury event took place on 12th April. The event was a tremendous success and well attended. The young people took the lead and presented evidence. Sorcha McElwee focused on mental health and presented evidence of the mental health issues for young people. Emily McCloskey presented the benefits of an active city for young people. Kat Healy presented research evidencing that many young people intend to leave the city to begin new future elsewhere. The Jury consisted of 11 young people who deliberated on what they felt the top 3 issues were. The Foreperson of the Jury presented to the audience – education and employment, support for drug/alcohol dependency, and an immediate safe space for young people when they need someone to talk to.