Happy Birthday Limerick Youth Service
Limerick Youth Service officially launched its 40th anniversary celebrations on Thursday last, March 21st at their youth space in Lower Glentworth St, Limerick with Director Catherine Kelly calling on Limerick’s Youth to ‘YELL out!’
The gathering brought together young people, volunteers and staff from LYS’s many youth projects and clubs as LYS unveiled its yearlong birthday plans and introduce the fortieth anniversary mascot, YELLvis.
‘YELLvis was created by members of YELL (Youth Empowerment Looks @ Limerick), a group of young people who believe in asserting the voices of young people at local, national and international level,’ explained Ms. Kelly.
‘I am calling on Limerick’s youth to adapt YELL and ‘yell out,’ continued Ms. Kelly, who challenged those present to let people know about the positive impact that young people have and, continue to give, to their communities.
Ms. Kelly also made reference to the current funding crisis facing the Youth Work sector and called on Limerick’s youth to let Children’s Minister Fitzgerald know that ‘enough is enough.’
‘We need the government to know that these cutbacks will have an adverse effect on our young people, children and ultimately our future,’ stated Ms. Kelly.
Returning to the fortieth celebrations, Ms. Kelly reminisced on far LYS has come.
‘As I look at where we (LYS) are today, it’s hard to believe that we (LYS) started out in a one a room office forty years ago,’ reflected Ms. Kelly, who first joined LYS in the late 1980s.
Ms. Kelly thanked the volunteers and young people that have given so much of their time to the young people of Limerick.
‘LYS could not exist without the your support and to say thank you we will be hosting a gathering for volunteers, past and present, on Friday, May 24th,’ added Ms. Kelly.
LYS will also take part in the Ger Donnell memorial cycle race, host an International Youth Conference and be a part of Riverfest.
‘Our Leaving Class Applied class are busy constructing Limerick’s very own Lough Ness monster which will be unveiled at the Hunt Museum during Riverfest,’ explained Ms. Kelly.
Since 1973, over 1.2million young people, including different generations of families, have passed through LYS’s doors.
LYS currently supports over twenty Youth Clubs, three Youth Cafes, three Garda Youth Diversion Projects, two Comhairle na nÓg programmes in addition to numerous other youth projects.
LYS remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.