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North Inner City Keeps On Learning

The club sponsors a Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP), which is a response from the Department of Justice through the Irish Youth Justice Service to address the issue of juvenile crime in the local Community.

This programme is also co-funded by the European Union under the European Social Fund (ESF). The project serves up to 25 young people who have been identified by local Garda Juvenile Liaison Officers.

For this particular group of young people this project is seen as a way to address their offending behaviour and to avoid possible custodial sentences should they continue to come to the attention of the Gardai.

Rational Emotive Behavioural Training (REBT) is used to provide young people with emotional, cognitive, social and self development skills.  The aim of this is to improve their sense of empathy, decrease impulsivity and reduce the levels of anti-social behaviour which may often be caused by alcohol and drug abuse.

Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) is the scientific study of behaviour.  We use group contingencies to increase appropriate behaviours such as school and project attendance and to decrease inappropriate behaviours such as engaging in criminal activity.

School attendance is seen as a vital element in keeping young people out of trouble and ensuring that some educational qualification is attained.

YPAR (Young People At Risk) meetings, which are a case conference type meeting take place between both parents and professionals who work with these young people (Home School Liaison Officers, Gardai, Probation Officers etc) to ensure that a coordinated, effective and person-centred service is in place to support young people and their families.

The project also offers family support through the Strengthening Families Program, which is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviours, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance.

The N.I.C.K.O.L. (Logic Model)  provides the rationale for the above programs and their intended outcomes.

A supportive environment coupled with significant learning outcomes for young people are provided by our co-ordinator David Doyle (0872935872).