03 Dec – Equipping Young Adults


03 December 2020

Equipping Young Adults

StreetReach Active Citizenship Program equips young adults to turn a concept into reality!

For the last 4 weeks, StreetReach has been delivering an Active Citizenship Program to a group of young adults participating in an MPower group. During the course of the program we tackled topics like ‘What does it mean to be an Active Citizen?’, ‘What is my role in the community?’ and ‘How do I know I’m making a difference?’ while working on an idea one of the participants felt strongly about. 

As we spent time exploring each topic, we looked at our personal responsibility and what the possibilities were to make a change while gaining a more full understanding about how change happens. With this group having an idea to make up Hygiene Packs for people experiencing homelessness, we were able to explore our topics with intentionality and engage in the reality of bringing a concept to life. The packs evolved into WellBeing Bags as the group learnt to be flexible in response to donations and as they connected in with local services to learn about need being experienced locality. You can see the group in the picture above presenting their Wellbeing Bags to Family and Community workers in the YMCA – spot the StreetReach hats!

As the facilitator it was a pleasure to watch each person engage in the sessions and watch their confidence grow as they each contributed to making the packs; from writing letters and making ‘awkward’ phone calls to creating handmade individual inspirational art pieces and finally making up each bag; every participant found their role, experienced growth and an increase in confidence.

At the beginning of Advent and at the coming to the end of the most difficult year this generation has lived though as a social group, it was a privilege to equip and walk with them as they learnt to bring hope and light by extending themselves towards their community.

StreetReach is a collaboration between YMCA Ireland, Summer Madness and the Education Authority for the Carrickfergus, Larne and surrounding coastal areas.