In 2016, KDYS received the Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres for our EurÓg Youth Centre, Killarney. EurÓg is Ireland’s only youth centre to have achieved this prestigious quality standard. Each Quality Label Youth Centre must evidence that their work with young people is informed by the Council of Europe’s commitment to human rights, democracy and the rule of law. KDYS has been an active member of the Quality Label Youth Centre network since. Being a part of this network allows us to open the door to Europe to all young people living in Kerry and beyond. Through our relationships under the Council of Europe and beyond, we host high quality experiences for youth work organisations and groups of young people from many different European countries.
Euróg offers a welcoming, safe and youth friendly environment. As one of the leading youth work organisations in Ireland, our approach is underpinned by youth participation which is our guiding principle. Our Centre staff are committed to the right of all young people to participate in society and to take an active role in decisions that affect their lives. We provide the information, tools and platform to enable youth empowerment and we promote equality, diversity and inclusion for all young people.
Our Euróg centre provides an opportunity for young people, professionals and the wider community to engage in a wide range of activities and to explore different issues and interests. We help connect young people to society, to Europe, to each other and to all kinds of new opportunities. At Euróg, we provide spaces for learning and personal development, youth work activities and courses, introduce young people to new cultural experiences and provide training to youth workers and allied professionals in a wide range of youth work methodologies and programmes. We will also design bespoke programmes tailored to specific needs and interests.
Euróg is a purpose built youth centre offering a youth café, facilities for group work, training rooms, hall for large scale events/conferences/performances and an exhibition space. Our accommodation wing offers 49 beds, in hostel-type accommodation with access to catering facilities. All of this is housed in a modern, busy youth centre in the heart of Killarney with all that Kerry has to offer on our doorstep.
Activities promoted by the Council of Europe: