Rathkeale’s New Youth Mentors
Thirty-two Transition Year (TY) students from Colásite na Trócare, Rathkeale are taking part in an exciting new peer mentoring programme developed by Limerick Youth Service (LYS).
Delivered at LYS’s Rathkeale Youth Space, the peer mentoring programme equips TY students with the skills and confidence to support first years as they begin the new term in a secondary school.
Session one covered listening skills, body language, boundaries, dealing with challenging issues and trust as well as fears and expectations that some mentors may have.
As part of their year on TY, students act as mentors to first years, helping them settle into their new school, show them around campus, explain the timetable and offer a supportive ear.
‘For some first years starting secondary school can be a daunting and challenging experience, as they leave a small primary school with 30 students and enter one with over 500!’ explained LYS’s Mary Harty.
‘With the TYs playing such an active part it is important that they (TYs) have the skills to support the first years and are aware that support and guidance is there for them too,’ said Mary, youth worker.
Throughout the year LYS will run two additional workshops that will follow up with the mentors with the aim of developing the programme.
The Peer Mentoring programme was delivered by members of LYS’s West Limerick Youth Work team who are based at Rathkeale Youth Space.
Rathkeale Youth Space is located at Abbey Court, Rathkeale and is home to the delivery of youth work programmes in West Limerick.
A member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.