Transfer Programme

KDYS Youth Information delivers a ‘KDYS Transfer Programme’ to 6th class students across Kerry.  The programme aims to support young people in their transition into secondary school.

KDYS have been delivering the KDYS Transfer Programmes to schools across the county for over 15 years and have impacted on more than 35 schools annually since 2021.  The programme was researched and produced by KDYS youth workers, utilising both internal and external resources and was reviewed and updated in 2022 by the then 6th class students from several schools across the county.  The programme is delivered in a fun, informative and interactive manner.

KDYS Transfer Programme is made up of four sessions delivered weekly using a workbook. .  This workbook  will remain with the student at the end of the programme.  Each session focuses on a different aspect of secondary school.  The programme aims to reduce anxiety associated with moving onto second level education.  Young people are encouraged to ask questions, to identify their concerns and expectations. To get to know as much as they can about their new school prior to moving in September.

In 2024 KDYS Youth Information introduced a pilot peer education programme, to enable 4th year students to deliver the programme to 6th class students.  The programme has been piloted in Castleisland and Killorglin.  The Transition Year students in Castleisland Community College and Killorglin Community College have trained to deliver the KDYS Transfer Programme to three primary schools in Castleisland and one primary school in Killorglin.   

This programme provides TY students with the opportunity to gain additional skills and to share their knowledge of life in secondary school with 6th class students.   The 6th class students in turn get to build positive relationships with the TY students, providing them with a readymade support network when they move into secondary school in September.

For more information regarding the programme, do not hesitate to contact KDYS Youth Information: Anne on 087 7801575 or Shannon on 085 8075996.

annemurphy@kdys.ie or shannonosullivan@kdys.ie

Fun Things to do in Kerry

Fun Things to do in Kerry

What is there to do in Kerry?

Sports/ Clubs & Societies

  • (KRSP) Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership Tralee – aims to increase participation in sport and physical activity and, thereby, the creation of a more active, more inclusive, and healthier society. Contact information 066 718 4776 / info@kerryrecreationandsports.ie
  • GAA Football clubs in Kerry- https://www.kerrygaa.ie/clubs/
  • Visit the Aquadome, an indoor pool with fun slides and water effects. Open 10am-10pm Monday – Friday and 10am-7pm weekends. https://aquadome.ie/
  • Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre Open 10am-10pm Monday – Thursday, 10am-9pm Friday and 10am-7pm weekends. https://killarney.coralleisure.ie/
  • Tralee Park runs happen every Saturday @9:30am. Take place at Tralee Town Park, Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

There are multiple clubs and societies available in the MTU Munster Technological University. To view clubs https://www.mtu.ie/campus-life/clubs/ and to view societies https://www.mtu.ie/campus-life/societies/.

There are various clubs and societies depending on your interests. If you need more information contact KDYS Youth Information 087 7801575 / 085 8075996.

Entertainment

  • Bowling Buddies in Tralee https://bowlingbuddiestralee.com/
  • Omniplex Cinema located in Killarney and Tralee
  • Killarney Skate Park located beside Killarney Sports and Leisure club.

Adventure

In Kerry we are fortunate to have some of the most beautiful beaches, national parks and hidden gems dotted across the county. For more information visit https://www.discoverkerry.com/

‘Green Beans’ Project

In Spring 2023 the Listowel Tidy Towns committee approached KDYS youth worker, Edel, looking for help with picking up litter around our town. Young people who attend the KDYS Listowel Youth Café weekly were asked if they would like to help and a group, The Green Beans, was formed.

The group of nine young people regularly helped throughout the spring and summer, litter picking, weeding, maintaining areas and giving ideas how to make the town and the Youth café more environmentally friendly.

Then in the Autumn the group were given the opportunity to start a Youth Climate Justice Project under the guidance of Youth Work Ireland. This project focused on increasing the engagement of young people in climate justice activities through creating an evidenced, manualised programme of developmental group work that would support young people to take a leadership role in climate justice activism.

Throughout the project young people were given the opportunity to take part in team building activities, to learn about climate change, climate action and climate justice.

We also had Norma Keane, from the Truth Be Told Vintage shop speak about sustainable fashion, changing habits when purchasing from fast fashion apps and upcycling old pieces of clothing. 

The main piece of the project however was an art mural the young people planned and completed, under the guidance of local artist Amy Sheehy. The aim of this mural was to increase awareness about recycling, the environment and climate change in our lives and the communities in which all participants live in.

Group members Kora and Katie will describe the process of making the mural.

“We then started on the mural and a woman called Amy came in to help us with it. We brainstormed ideas and worked as a team to see what we wanted it to look like. We started by all painting sections on the wall all different colours. We taped off parts of the wall to create a flow through the wall which we thought was cool and unique. Then with recycled cardboard we made stencils of flowers, animals, and different shapes. We then used recycled sponges to paint on and around the stencils. We finished the mural by picking out short effective slogans about the environment and again using stencils, painted them onto the wall. We wanted this wall to represent us, and our group aims. It brought us together and we love seeing people stopping to read it when they are coming in and out of the building.”

In early 2024 The Green Beans met again to plan and prepare their presentation about their involvement in the Youth Climate Justice Project. The launch was held in Youth Work Ireland Dublin, along with their peers from Youth Work Ireland Tipperary and Youth Work Ireland Galway.

The Climate Justice Group Work research conducted by Dr Morgan O’Brien and Majella Finnegan of SETU was launched along with officials from the DCEDIY. The work showed how group work empowers young people to address needs and aspirations around the things that matter to them in their lives – whether that’s big things in the wider world like climate change, or big things taking place in their homes and schools.

Exciting Opportunities available in our new Integration Team!!

We have some great opportunities available in our new Integration Team!!

The KDYS Integration Team is a new team within KDYS which will focus on delivering services and supports for young people and families with International Protection status including those with Temporary Residency Status including Ukrainian Refugees in County Kerry.

We are inviting applications for the following posts:   

 

Integration Lead Worker

Full time (35 hours per week) – Fixed Term Contract until 31st December 2024 –  26 days annual leave pro rata – Paid sick leave scheme  –  Flexible working – based in KDYS Tralee

 

2 x Integration Project Workers

Full time (35 hours per week) – Fixed Term Contract until 31st December 2024 – 26 days annual leave pro rata – Paid sick leave scheme  –  Flexible working – based in KDYS Killarney / KDYS Tralee

 

The post holders are exceptional individuals who endeavour to make a difference in the lives of young people and their families by promoting a culture of integrity and compliance within KDYS, and by operating in line with our organisational mission, vision and values: Young Person Centred, Rights Based, Empowering, Inclusive, Respectful, and Non-judgemental.

 

 For further details on the posts and minimum post requirements, please see the relevant job descriptions available here:
Integration Lead Worker Job Description
Integration Youth Worker Job Description

 

Please submit Curriculum Vitae and cover letter outlining your suitability for the post(s) to humanresources@kdys.ie on or before:

4 pm, Friday, 6th April 2024

 

Please note – we reserve the right to close or extend this campaign subject to application numbers. Therefore, we would urge you to submit an application as soon as possible.

 

A panel may be formed from which future vacancies may be filled.

 

 KDYS is an Equal Opportunities Employer — KDYS is a Gold Standard Health Promoting Youth Organisation — KDYS complies with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charity Organisations in Ireland

 

 

 

            

2024 KDYS Strategic Planning Day!

Our dedicated team gathered at the Killarney Centre for a Strategic Planning day. Together, we delved into our 6 strategic goals for 2023-2026.

Our incredible senior managers and board members took charge, each focusing on a specific goal. They shared insights, and accomplishments, and explored new avenues during open discussions among all employees.
The day was a resounding success, with amazing conversations about our organisation’s future. 

To view our KDYS strategic plan 2023 – 2026 Click Here!

Comhairle Na Nóg is inviting new members to join the group

WHAT IS COMHAIRLE NA NÓG?

Comhairle na nÓg are youth councils which are based in 31 local authority areas in the country. They give young people and children the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies that affect them. Our members then try to influence local decision-makers to achieve their desired outcome, impact or change.

WHO ARE WE?

We are Kerry Comhairle na nÓg and we represent young people aged 12 – 17 years of age from all over County Kerry.

We are from all from different parts of the county as well as different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. We meet at least once a month, usually on a Friday evening or a Saturday and work on our chosen topic, as voted on by you during our Annual General Meeting. We have previously worked on Facilities for Young People and Climate Change as well as Positive Youth Mental Health. This year we will be working on the topic of School and Exam Pressure.

WHY JOIN COMHAIRLE?

All children and young people have a right to be heard in all matters affecting them. If you feel like your voice is not being heard, or you would like to be part of something that values what you have to say, then this is the group for you. We seek to include and encourage ALL young people from every background, ethnicity and ability to participate in Comhairle.

WHERE DO WE MEET?

In Kerry, we hold Comhairle meetings at least once a month, although this increases when we are working on a certain topic or project. We may also have smaller sub group meetings between the main meetings. Meetings are generally held in Tralee although we do try to vary this as much as possible to try to accommodate young people from all over the county. If a meeting is to be held in Cahersiveen for example, we will provide a bus from Listowel or Tralee to travel there. Meetings are also held over Zoom when necessary.

HOW TO JOIN KERRY COMHAIRLE NA NÓG?

To find out more about joining Kerry Comhairle na nÓg contact Ann Marie Spillane annmariespillane@kdys.ie or on 085 787 5138.

Kerry Comhairle Info Flyer