KILLARNEY is putting on its best youthful appearance this week to welcome the governing body of the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency who are meeting in the town as part of an enhanced engagement in Ireland.
The meeting, which is being organised by the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service and Youth Work Ireland, will examine a variety of EU-wide topics relevant to young people and youth services.
The main focus of the body is to support and promote quality general youth information policy and practice at all levels.
The meeting and an associated seminar in Dublin next week will work to further develop critical areas of youth information provision in Ireland and throughout the EU.
The European Youth Information and Counselling Agency is composed of non-governmental or governmental bodies which seek to guarantee the right of young people to full and reliable information, which helps them make the choices they face in their lives, promoting their autonomy and their active participation in a democratic society.
Killarney-based KDYS director Tim O’Donoghue, who is actively involved in the innovative programme, remarked: “We are delighted to bring this significant European meeting to Kerry and to host it in our centre in Killarney.”
He added: “This is a key part of our ambition to develop our Killarney centre into a formally approved European Youth Centre under the Council of Europe, which would be the first of its kind in Ireland.”
It would open up new opportunities for local young people and professionals to access many opportunities across Europe under a range of European initiatives.
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