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Young people in Sligo say ‘YESS’ to success

Published on:  15 Jun 2018

Young people today celebrated the completion of accredited training gained through a unique project that is turning lives around and enhancing community relations in South Sligo.

First launched in November 2016 with €90,000 from the International Fund for Ireland and led by Foróige, the Youth Employability Support South Sligo (YESS) Project supports individuals aged 16-25 to take better control of their lives by exploring good relations, cultural identity, personal development and employment opportunities. Participants come from the south of Sligo town and from the Tubbercurry and Ballymote areas.

The successful project delivers a focused range of accredited and non-accredited training, the latest of which has seen eight participants achieve qualifications in Food Safety and Hygiene from St Angela’s College. In April 2018, the International Fund for Ireland awarded Foróige €264,157 to extend the project for two years enabling more people to enrol and for additional further education and employability activities to be developed.

Dorothy Clarke, International Fund for Ireland Board Member said:
“The young people involved in this project deserve credit for the achievements they have made through the YESS Project. It is opening new pathways to learning, training and employment and helping turn young lives around. This project has successfully enabled people to reassess their prospects and take active steps to improve their lives. Earlier this year we were very pleased to support it for another two years.

“The reality is that there are growing issues of disaffection among young people in many areas and that increases the risk of being drawn towards negative influences and a spiral of poor choices. The YESS Project tackles issues like anti-social behaviour, alcohol, drugs and mental health issues by providing young people with practical ways to change their prospects. Projects like this are critical and build momentum for change, stability and prosperity.”

Deirdre Gallagher, Coordinator of the YESS Project said:
“This project is about engaging on the issues that deeply affect the lives of young people and equipping them with the knowledge, skills and competencies to build a more positive future for themselves and others. We’ve been impressed by how each participant has applied themselves within the project and within their communities. They’ve challenged and encouraged each other to keep taking brave steps forward and continually raise their aspirations.

“In the next two years we’ll be extending and expanding our work to involve more young people in South Sligo. We’re looking forward to enabling more people to raise expectations for themselves and claiming a stronger role within their community. Today’s celebration would not have been possible without the assistance and support of the International Fund for Ireland and the training from St Angela’s College.”

Participants receiving certificates were informed of potential opportunities of entry or progression routes into third level education including the one-year ACCESS programme the B. Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management Undergraduate Degree course and the Bachelor of Arts and Professional Master of Education Programme.

The “Primary Food Hygiene” certificate is accredited by the Environmental Health Officers Association of Ireland and enables these trained and legally compliant participants to work in the catering, retail, food service and food industry sector. The course was delivered by Michael Hosey of St. Angela’s College Food Technology Centre. For more information on the course please contact

The International Fund for Ireland awarded support for the YESS Project from its Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP). The Programme aims to help young people build and develop life skills that foster good relations, build confidence and resilience and make them more employable.

For further information about our funding programmes, or for information on how to apply for funding, please contact the person(s) or organisation(s) identifed at the end of the relevant programme summary in the areas of activity section.

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