Youth Leaders in Training in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

The Cork Diocesan Youth Council (CDYC) once again partnered up with the YMCA’s Joy Cantwell-Moore and Isla Jeffers to train a second group of young people in their Leaders in Training Course. This year’s group (2019-2020) consisted of 9 Transition Years, and 1 Fifth Year student.

The course was run over 8 weeks with assignments and sessions. As part of their overall assessment and final assignment, they had to run an event – planned, organised and carried out all by themselves. Having gathering research from their peers and their own youth groups, they planned an Anti-bullying and Peer Pressure morning.  They organised different activities and workshops based on the topic. On the 11th January, the Leaders in Training participants held the workshop.

Preparing for the workshop

They arrived at Canon Packham Hall, Douglas at 9.30am on that morning so that they could carryout a “dress rehearsal” before the bus load of teens arrived at 1 am. They worked incredibly hard all morning to perfect their day. And it certainly didn’t go unnoticed. The tutors and leaders were very impressed as well as the young people who came along. Even the Archdeacon popped in to see how they were getting on. They did an amazing job and any youth group would be lucky to have them as young leaders.

The task in hand

For a group of younger people and all the same age, the dynamic was very different, but  they worked just as hard and put everything into the 8 weeks.  They were very committed and were actually devastated when it all came to an end.

A super a group of young people with huge potential.  Well done to all!

Leaders in Training and young people who took part in the workshop on anti-bullying and peer pressure.


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