What we do

Founded in 1971, KDYS is a voluntary youth work organisation providing a range of programmes and services to young people and communities across the Diocese of Kerry. This includes the entire county of Kerry, the Beara Peninsula and the North West cork region of Duhallow. Originally established as a support structure to volunteer led youth clubs, the organisation has evolved to include a range of more diverse and targeted services to young people including the provision of youth facilities – 5 in the county, youth information, community based youth projects, youth justice work, family support and mentoring provision as well as a network of volunteer led youth clubs across the county.

This evolution of the organisation was made possible through the ongoing development of resources- human, physical, and financial, as well as the growth of collaborative working arrangements with local, regional, national and European partners to secure investment to develop the work. The commitment of professional staff and trained volunteers has underpinned this.

KDYS is an active member of Youth Work Ireland.  Youth Work Ireland CLG is a national network of 20 independent, autonomous Member Youth Services.  The structure of the federation allows for a local, regional, national and European perspective to underpin, inform and progress best practice youth work.  The federation facilitates the voice of young people to be heard and issues raised to be progressed.

Our Mission:

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

 Our Vision:

For all young people to be valued and supported to achieve their full potential as participating members of the community, and to have their voices heard.

Our Values:

Inclusive, Respectful, Non-judgemental

Young-person centred, Empowering, Professional

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.

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.

KDYS provides options for all young people. These include fun activities, recreational opportunities as well as services that assist young people and families to respond to challenges that they may face growing up in Ireland. The youth work approach is central to everything we do and the activities we deliver result in very positive outcomes for young people. Our activities aim to equip young people to fully participate in their communities and to make positive choices resulting in better mental and physical health, have access to education, training and job opportunities and to be more active citizens in a society where they are supported to make important transitions in their lives.
All KDYS youth work is quality approved and is available to all young people and parents. Our activities are available in the local community, in our centres as well as in schools throughout the Diocese. The work of KDYS is entirely informed by what the young people of our region need and their full participation is key to directing the activities of the Youth Service.

KDYS is a voluntary youth work organisation founded by the Diocese of Kerry. It is led by a voluntary Board of Directors who receive no remuneration for their involvement. Our Youth Work is delivered by professionally qualified staff supporting fully trained volunteers. The activities of KDYS are directed by the needs of young people in our region and programmes are designed to develop the strengths that exist in all young people resulting in better outcomes for them.

All services provided for young people cost money. The objective of KDYS is to ensure that the priorities for young people in our region are met to meet their needs. KDYS receives grant aid from Government to deliver certain services. In line with Government policy this funding is aimed at specific youth issues ranging from early school leaving to drug and alcohol mis-use.
KDYS provides Youth spaces and recreational opportunities for thousands of young people each year. To do this we are heavily reliant on fund-raising. The key aim of KDYS is to make sure all young people have access to youth facilities and services and that cost would not be the barrier to accomplishing that.

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.Photo-127

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