StudioStar Podcast Launch!

On Sunday 10 December 2023, International Human Rights Day, the Council of Europe’s Quality Label Centres launched the StudioStar podcast series. The KDYS EurOg European Quality Label Youth Centre Killarney hosted an event in house which enabled young people from Ireland to engage with their peers, online, across the European Union.

StudioStar is a European initiative by de Hoge Rielen, Destelheide and Hanenbos (ADJ) in Belgium and the Service national de la jeunesse (SNJ) in Luxembourg that gives young people the chance to have their voices heard on human rights.

Young people from 11 European countries worked under professional guidance in the 13 youth centres bearing the Council of Europe’s Quality Label on a podcast series on the right to freedom of expression. In that StudioStar podcast series, they explored the concept of freedom of expression, how far it should go, and what value this human right has in their home countries.

Young people from 11 European countries worked under professional guidance in the 13 youth centres bearing the Council of Europe’s Quality Label on a podcast series on the right to freedom of expression. In that StudioStar podcast series, they explored the concept of freedom of expression, how far it should go, and what value this human right has in their home countries.

The young people spoke about their experiences while creating the podcast series and, of course, various clips were listened to.  The show was hosted from Destelheide, ADJ’s Centre for Youth, Arts and Creation in Dworp (Belgium), in partnership with SNJ and Council of Europe.

KDYS was supported in this project by Youth Information, Kerry Comhairle na nÓg and Radio Kerry.  Thank you so much to all those who participated in the PodCast which was successfully compiled by Nora Butler KDYS Youth Information Digital Youth Worker.

 

To listen to the podcast on Spotify click StudioStar Podcast

View a Radio Kerry article –“KDYS takes part in international podcast series” 

KDYS Pre-Budget submission meeting with Pa Daly TD

KDYS pre-budget submission meet with Pa Daly TD

Berni Smyth, the Chief Executive Officer of KDYS, and Linda Kearin, the Coordinator of KDYS YDP, recently met with Pa Daly TD from Sinn Féin. They discussed the KDYS pre-budget submission, which comprehensively outlines both national and local priorities concerning children, young people, and youth work. 

Stay tuned for our CEO’s forthcoming analysis of #Budget2024, examining its potential effects on the well-being of children and young individuals and its implications for the future growth of youth work.

 

 

 

To view our pre-budget submission, please select the link below:

Below is a video from RTE speaking to young people about what they would like from the budget. Please click below to view:

KDYS Strategy Plan Meeting

KDYS Strategy Plan Meeting: Reflecting on a Productive Gathering

On the 29th of September, KDYS (Kerry Diocesan Youth Service) staff & Board of Management gathered together as a team to share expertise, connect with each other & delve into the organisation’s new strategy. The event marks a significant milestone in the journey of KDYS as it embarks on a path of growth & innovation aligned to its new strategic plan for 2023 – 2026 (https://shorturl.at/cnEJ8).

The gathering commenced with a captivating introduction by Ger Godley, a distinguished member of our Board. During his opening remarks, Ger took the opportunity to acquaint the staff with the entire board, an impressive lineup consisting of Shane O’Donoghue, Frances Day, Bernadette Costello, Luna Atkins, Aoife Dare, Bernie Lenihan, Arlene Harmann, Gavin Donaldson & John O’Regan. This introduction served as a testament to the unity and dedication of KDYS’s leadership & staff.

Dr. Sue Redmond, an esteemed figure in the field of youth engagement, took the stage to present on the topic of #YouthParticipation. She kicked off her presentation with a soothing exercise, setting the tone for an engaging & thoughtful discussion. Dr. Redmond guided the audience through an exploration of the various dimensions of youth participation, revisiting the advantages & challenges, encouraging staff to share experiences & revisit this vital aspect from the lens of a young person.

The session was not just about passive listening; it was a dynamic experience involving multiple group activities, which were designed to immerse the team into the realities faced by young individuals engaging with KDYS. Through these hands-on exercises, attendees gained valuable insights into the obstacles & benefits associated with youth participation. The goal was clear: to reconnect with youth participation, further develop a common understanding of youth participation & enhance support for the youth we serve.

Following the insightful exploration of youth participation, the workshop transitioned into a discussion of KDYS’s new strategic plan. Divided into groups, staff & board together, delved into specific goals outlined in the plan. Each group examined one of KDYS’s new objectives, analysed its implications, and brainstormed improvement ideas.

After this dynamic & productive workshop, KDYS staff & board members gathered to celebrate their accomplishments. The evening was marked by a staff party that brought laughter & camaraderie. Among the highlights of the night were the humorous awards presented to many staff members, a testament to the vibrant & spirited culture that defines KDYS.

This gathering was more than just a workshop; it was a testament to KDYS’s commitment to growth, collaboration, and the wellbeing of the youth we serve. It was a celebration of the staff team, their expertise, professionalism & commitment to the young people of Kerry.
Following this dynamic event KDYS is poised to continue making a positive impact in the lives of young people in Kerry & beyond.

KDYS Killorglin are starting a group for 5th and 6th class students!

KDYS Killorglin are starting a group for 5th and 6th class students on Wednesday evenings from 5.30 pm- 7.00pm in the KDYS in Killorglin.
These classes are beginning today the the 13th of September and will run up until Halloween.

If you would like to know more please get in touch with us through any of our social media platforms or call on 086 1683283.