Limerick Youth Service & Me
Hello. My name is Jannatul Ferdous Alam. I’m originally from Bangladesh, a beautiful country in South Asia with a population of over 160million.
Two years ago my family and I settled in Limerick City. My family consist of my parents and five younger sisters, so my household is a very busy and happy place to be.
Not long after settling in Limerick I enrolled with Limerick Youth Service (LYS) where I started with the Catering Course before transferring to the Retail Skills Course at their Community Training Centre (CTC).
LYS has opened so many doors for me and I know with a little bit of hard work I can achieve my dreams.
During my time there I have learned about so many thing such as computers, art, retailing, cooking , culture and more. It was a great experience.
I am also a member of LYS’ D.A.Y Group which stands for Diversity & Youth. The group is made up of young people from different countries such as Nigeria, Sudan, Syria, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago and of course Bangladesh.
The group was set up to allow migrant young people to meet each other, get to know our new home and improve our English- some of us even have Limerick accents! This amazing group meets every week at LYS and we absolutely love it!
With D.A.Y I have visited many parts of Ireland and even took part in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. I really enjoyed this and now know everything you need to know about leprechauns!
During the summer we took part in many activities and trips with both D.A.Y and the CTC- yes I’m spoiled!
We have been to Tayto Park- which was great fun and also walked on the beach in Salthill where we dipped our toes in the beautiful Galway Bay.
I think I was the first Bangladeshi to score a try at home of Munster rugby!
We also visited the famous Thomond Park which was a great experience- I think I was the first Bangladeshi to score a try at home of Munster rugby!
I can’t tell you how much it means to be involved with LYS. It has changed my life and encouraged me to be part of the wider community. I see a great life for me and family in Limerick and Ireland.
LYS has opened so many doors for me and I know with a little bit of hard work I can achieve my dreams. I want to be a beautician and I know this will happen with the help of all involved in LYS.
Jannatul has now enrolled in a new Digital Arts course at LYS’ Community Training Centre which is located at 5 Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick and supported by the Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board.
LYS’ Diversity & Youth Group is funded by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs.
A member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS remains committed to connecting with and supporting young people to reach their full potential.