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GOAL Youth

Young people are the experts of their own experience. We understand the value of inviting youth to participate in the creation and development of their own programmes. Our team, with an expertise in Global Citizenship Education and a passion for diverse and inclusive projects, are ready to guide the Next Generation of Global Citizens towards action for a fairer and more just world.

The GOAL NextGen Global Youth Programme 2020

At the heart of GOAL’s Public Engagement, this programme brings young people together to deepen their understanding of Global Citizenship. This involves co-creating a development education resource on global citizenship for young people all over the world between the ages of 14 and 18, and skill-building to develop the communication and facilitation techniques that allow them to effectively lead the activities in the resource.

GOAL’s very first Youth Programme based in Ireland came together for virtual learning and collaboration at the height of the Covid-19. This 5 month programme offered young people a way to continue their learning, connect with likeminded peers, and be part of a project that highlights the global interconnectedness that we continue to experience and witness through the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic. This community includes 18-25 year olds from all over Ireland, as well as a group of mentors from 6 different countries in south-eastern Africa.

The 2020 Global Youth Programme concluded on October 8th, but we're already preparing for our 2021 programme. Stay tuned for information about when and how to apply for this innovative new programme!

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The GOAL NextGen Global Youth Programme 2020

Global Citizenship Youth Programme

The Global Citizen’s Journey 2021

The Global Citizen’s Journey is a development education resource that offers activities to both challenge and encourage young people as they learn about ways to understand the interconnectedness of our world. This resource is intended for use in non-formal educational environments, but also secondary school settings like Transition Year. It can be used by anyone, either alone or in a group, who is interested in exploring global citizenship.

Stay tuned for the launch of this resource in January 2021 – we can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with you!

Two participants of the Global Youth programme, Freddie Phipps and Niamh Flynn, manage to meet for a socially distanced walk in Dingle.

The Global Youth Programme Steering Group

The Global Youth Programme Steering Group serves to assist in the selection of Youth Programme participants, as well as to offer insights and advice around the activities developed for the resource.

The members of the Steering Group are: Jenny Murphy (Irish International Rugby Player), John Kerr (Chaiperson, Transition Year Teacher Professional Network), Muhanya Chaponda (environmentalist, musician, & artist), Ross Boyd (VoYA participant), Poonam Shokar (VoYA participant), and Daire Hennessy (VoYA participant).

The Volunteer Youth Advisor (VoYA) Project 2019

Before launching our Youth Programme in 2020, we wanted to first find out from young people how they would like us to support them to work for positive change. In autumn 2019, we recruited 14 young people from all over Ireland to join a series of workshops to develop skills in Global Citizenship, connect with young people in GOAL programme countries and help us develop the GOAL NextGen Global Youth programme.

During their time together, this group was part of NYCI’s Youth Climate Change Summit where they had the chance to hear from young people in GOAL Honduras programmes via video messages about how their lives are impacted by climate change. The VoYA Project advisors responded to those stories with a message of solidarity. You can see both the video from GOAL Honduras and the VoYA response of solidarity below:

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Young people in Honduras

A message of solidarity

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