WHO IS KDYS?
KDYS is a youth based and youth focused organisation. Everything we do is for young people and about young people. We aim to create opportunities and to expand the lives of young people and their communities. We understand that everyone has a voice and young people learn by leading and doing. KDYS knows how important it is to work with and not just for young people.
We are a community-based youth work organisation committed to serving all young people in a safe, fun and positive environment, through the provision of youth spaces, services, mentoring, training and ongoing opportunities for their holistic development.
We have been here, in the community, for over 50 years.
Founded in 1971, KDYS is the leading Youth Work Organisation in the South West of Ireland. In fact KDYS is the leading Youth Work Organisation in the South West of Ireland covering the Diocese of Kerry. This includes the entire county of Kerry, the Beara Peninsula and the North West cork region of Duhallow.
KDYS is a community-based youth work organisation committed to serving all young people in a safe, fun and positive environment, through the provision of youth spaces, services, mentoring, training and ongoing opportunities for their holistic development, and by advocating for their needs.
For all young people to be valued and supported to achieve their full potential as participating members of the community.
Young person-centred, Rights-based, Empowering, Inclusive, Respectful, Non-judgemental
Youth Participation is at the heart of everything we do with and on behalf of young people.
- Support young people in Kerry to reach their full potential.
- Establish ourselves as an independent young person-centred charity.
- Provide targeted and integrated supports for young people and their families in Kerry.
- Be recognised as a centre of excellence for youth work.
- Strengthen our governance, management and internal coordination.
- Be an organisation that enables staff and volunteers to deliver and to develop.
WHAT IS YOUTH WORK?
According to Irelands Youth work Act of 2001, Youth Work is “a planned programme of education designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young people through their voluntary involvement, and which is complementary to their formal, academic or social education and training and provided primarily by voluntary youth work organisations.”
The definition of Youth Work has evolved over many years but to put it simply Youth Work provides many programmes and services designed to have the maximum impact on the development of young people.
WHAT DOES KDYS DO?
KDYS provides a wide range of activities for all young people in our region. All programmes and services are based on a youth work approach which ensures that young people want to be involved and that by doing so their own development towards adulthood will benefit enormously. Our aim is to ensure that all of our activities result in Better Outcomes for young people in line with Irelands National Policy for Children and Young People.
We create programmes and opportunities so that young people can choose to get involved and participate. By doing so they will benefit from the guidance of professionally qualified staff and trained volunteers in Youth premises that have been specifically designed for, (and with), the young people themselves. It is vital that young people have fun and can join their friends in a safe space. It is also important that young people can access supports to help them to address the various issues they may be faced with as they grow up and critically it is essential that we help young people to develop their own resilience to ensure that they can make positive choices for themselves as they go through life.
KDYS was founded to make sure that the young people of the Diocese of Kerry have access to these supports and opportunities. Through the many programmes we offer and through our dedicated Youth Centres across the region KDYS is available to all young people, parents and communities to discuss what options are best for you.
1971. Kerry Diocesan Youth Service was founded with the appointment of Father Roger Kelliher as Diocesan Youth Director
1972.The First meeting of all youth clubs in the Diocese was held. From this meeting an executive committee for clubs was appointed and shortly after KDYS affiliated to the national Youth Federation of Youth clubs
1972-1980. Development of youth work in Kerry starts to progress with dedicated staff joining KDYS to train youth club leaders and develop youth supports across the diocese
1981-Present day. In 1981 the organisation was restructured to encompass growth and development of youth work around the diocese. A new policy group was established within the organisation to allow for the Youth club Executive to focus exclusively on youth Clubs. This restructuring laid the pathway for KDYS to develop youth centres across the county of Kerry and deliver a range of programmes that focus on the development of young peoples’ mental and physical well being. In the 1980s the organisation was established as a charity limited by guarantee.
Present day.The organisation is currently led by a voluntary board of directors. KDYS employs over 60 full and part time staff dedicated to supporting over 2,000 young people and 300 volunteers annually. The organisation runs 5 youth centres and support over 30 youth clubs in the diocese. KDYS has a strong history as one of the leading youth work organisations in the country being involved in numerous pioneering pieces of work and pilot projects that have had a hugely positive impact on the development of youth work in Kerry and in Ireland.
WHAT IF I DON’T SEE A PROGRAMME OR SERVICE FOR ME IN KDYS?
Contact KDYS Youth Information, because KDYS is here to ensure that young people and their parents have maximum support through the growing up years. KDYS is always open to responding to the needs of young people and communities. We invite anyone to come and talk to us and explore how we can ensure that our area is the best place in Ireland for a young person to grow up. We work with everyone from schools to agencies etc. and our door is always open.