The Real Deal training programme – Live life b4 you give life
The programme is based on the 70-page training manual which was compiled during the first pilot phase. The main emphasis of the programme is to educate young girls about the importance of giving serious consideration and time to the decision to have sex and the consequences of engaging in sex at such a young age.
Six areas are covered during the training:
- Self esteem
- Sex Education and Contraception
- Drugs including alcohol
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Life as a Teen Mum – the realities of parenting at a young age
- “Not now – later” (goal setting)
The programme takes one full day of training.
Participants receive the REAL DEAL training manual at the end of the programme, which has all of the information from the course included along with a list of useful contact phone numbers.
The Peer Educators have all received REAL DEAL training and are fully versed in child protection protocols.
REAL DEAL training is suitable for teenage girls, primarily aged 14 –19 in formal and non formal education settings. In general the ideal group size for training purposes is 25 – 30.
REAL DEAL is available to schools, training centres or youth groups. For further information visit the website www.therealdeal.ie or contact Anne Fitzpatrick on 085 1942289
European Year of Creativity and Innovation
The WebWheel website is very pleased to say that the Special Educational Needs Action in Youthreach was one of the projects selected by the European Commission as representing a practice that stimulates innovative or creative behaviour in people and promotes an innovative or creative approach to problems in society.
The European Commission has declared 2009 the European Year of Creativity and Innovation (EYCI 2009). This is taking place within the overall framework of several EU policy initiatives fostering creativity and innovation, including European Parliament and Council actions on key competences for lifelong learning, on innovation strategies and the creation of new jobs and on policy cooperation in education and training. The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of creativity and innovation for personal, social and economic development; to disseminate good practices; to stimulate education and research, and to promote policy debate on related issues. The activities are aimed at a range of different groups including young people, educators, firms, policy makers and the general public. Among the themes being addressed is innovation in public and private services.
The European Commission is showcasing the SEN Action as an example of a very innovative and creative European project and has published an account of it under Projects on its EYCI 2009 website (http://create2009.europa.eu/http://create2009.europa.eu/ ).
Anger Management Programme for Centres
An anger management programme that is now available to Youthreach and Senior Traveller Training and Community Training centres is called the Cool Anger Management (CAM) programme and was devised by Brian Lennon, a psychologist and guidance counsellor who works for Co Louth VEC. Brian describes the programme as a series of activities to help teenagers deal with strong emotions.
The programme has three main goals: 1) to help teenagers become more aware of their anger; 2) to help them deal more effectively with it; and 3) to provide teaching staff with practical guidelines. The materials in the programme can be used in a number of different ways. They can be targeted at young people with identified anger problems, either through group work or in one-to-one sessions, and they can also be used in a more general way with groups as an SPHE programme dealing with mental well-being.
The approach used in this programme has the advantage of being highly learner-centred and flexible, and it fits well with the WebWheel model. It is recommended to any centre that wishes to address the issue of anger (and other strong emotions) in a systematic way.
Your VEC has a budget for staff training and you may be able to draw on this to obtain the CAM programme. While Brian is happy to make his programme available at a very low cost, he wants it first to be formally introduced to staff in the centre through a one-day training session by a facilitator that has been trained in it by him. The list of these facilitators, along with their contact details, can be obtained from Mary Gordon – Mary_Gordon@neps.gov.ie.
Information for Young Parents in Education
The new edition of Information for Young Parents in Education is now available thanks to a grant received from the Crisis Pregnancy Agency.
This new edition has been expanded on the previous one and there is now a separate section on Financial Supports for Higher Education. Other contents include a list of Youth Cafés, Young Parents Programmes, General Financial Supports, Back to Education / Training, Childcare and a list of useful organisations. For pregnant students attention is also drawn to the Home Tuition Scheme and Exams during Labour.
With the approaching school year this publication will be useful to young parents who are considering entering or re-entering education. The publication aims to assist young parents to be the best providers they can be for their families by increasing their employment possibilities.
Young people and suicide in Ireland
According to the Irish Health Poverty Index published in August 2008 by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, the Republic of Ireland experienced one of the fastest rising suicide rates in the world during the 1980s and 1990s, with the overall suicide rate doubling during that period. The level of death by suicide here remains high, and particularly among young people in the age range 15 – 24 years. However, research from Australia and elsewhere suggests that the mentoring approach used in the WebWheel model can provide the kind of support that appears to be effective in reducing youth suicide. See the item in Level B.
Launch of WebWheel Website
Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science, Mr. Séan Haughey T.D., launching the WebWheel website The Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science, Mr. Séan Haughey T.D., launched the new WebWheel support website for the Youthreach, Senior Traveller Training and Community Training Centre programmes in Dublin on 26 November 2007.
The Minister introduced the website as a useful resource to management and staff working in the programmes and to practitioners and agencies that provide services to centres. He said that it contained a wide range of materials relating to the provision of supports for learners, including guidelines on mentoring, advocacy, guidance, counselling, psychological services and provision for special educational needs. Mary Gordon (Senior Psychologist, Department of Education) and Dermot Stokes (National Coordinator of Youthreach) with the Minister The “website is an important user friendly reference for all those working in the sector. Although in its infancy the website contains a large amount of reference and support material already and this will undoubtedly grow as the site develops and expands”.
At the launch the Minister took the opportunity to thank all those involved in the development of the website, especially editor Ms. Mary Gordon, the members of the Portfolio Project who compiled the materials published on the site, webmaster Mr. Brendan Sheehan and designer Ms Gabby Dowling.Members of the Portfolio Project Group: Eileen Fitzpatrick (National Centre for Guidance in Education), Brendan Sheehan (WebWheel webmaster), Anne Fitzpatrick (Advocate Service, FÁS), Gerry Griffin (Senior Traveller Training Centres), Minister, Bláthnaid Ní Chinnéide (National Adult Literacy Agency), Mary Gordon
The website has been developed in parallel with the rollout and implementation of a new initiative to support the special educational needs of learners in Youthreach. This is the first year in which the new initiative has been operating in 20 Youthreach centres on a pilot basis, and the Minister took the opportunity to highlight what “has been a wonderful achievement and I wish to sincerely thank you for your hard work and endeavour in bringing this ambitious new initiative to fruition”.
The Minister concluded by extending best wishes to all those continuing their hard work in their centres and he hoped the new website would prove beneficial to all.
News from Centres
This section is for material provided by centres. It demonstrates some of the range of activities and interventions taking place in centres for supporting learners and increasing their well-being and resilience. It also includes examples of the work and creativity of the learners themselves. Centres are invited to send Mary Gordon material for inclusion in this section.
I live in a world of love
Tranquillity and harmony
Where every little thing is resolved peacefully
There is never crime
War or even poverty
In this world I live in I’m the happiest I could be
There are no such things as orphans
Or living on the street
It never ever rains here
Just sun shine and summer heat
There is no such thing as global warming
And the ice cap never melts
There is no such thing as heartbreak
And pain is never felt
The only thing about this world
Is it doesn’t last too long you see
Because in the morning
My world is always gone
Transforum Alley Youthreach – April 09
Pictures from centres – click on a photo to see full size