Skies to GLOW for Limerick’s Youth
Young people from Limerick Youth Service will make the skies over the Shannon GLOW on Thursday, April 25th at 9pm, as part of a nationwide event that aims to express solidarity and raise awareness of issues affecting our young people, such as youth unemployment and emigration.
GLOW (Go Light Our Way), will see young people release Sky Lanterns at Bishop’s Quay, Limerick that will contain messages of hope for their futures and showcase the positive contribution that young people have and continue to give to our communities.
‘It promises to be a fantastic sight over the Shannon,’ said Dermot Troy, Limerick Youth Service (LYS), who added that many Earth Lanterns will also light up in youth spaces and clubs around the county.
With 30% of Irish people under 25 currently out of work, young people are certainly feeling the effects of the economic crisis, with the spectre of emigration on the minds of many, even those in second level.
‘It is our youth that will feel the long-term effects of this recession, particularly in terms of cutbacks to youth work and education,’ continued Mr. Troy, who stressed that it will be our young people who will also get the country back on its feet.
Lanterns for GLOW are available from LYS for €5 with profits going to local youth projects.
Organised by Youth Work Ireland, of which LYS is a member, GLOW will form part of Youth Work Ireland Week, 20-28th April.
The week will see a range of local and national youth led activities, including a political briefing at Leinster House, where local young people will meet members of the Oireachtas including An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD.
Limerick Youth Service, now in its 40th year, remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.
Dermot Troy, Communications Officer, Limerick Youth Service.
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