Staff and students at Youthreach Swords were delighted to welcome EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira to their amazing centre. The Commissioner was overwhelmed by the work, skills and achievements of both present and past students and all the staff. The Commissioner made all the students feel so relaxed, as she asked them about their educational journeys, and students felt the Commissioner was so focused on them and listened with such interest to their stories and how Youthreach had changed their lives for the better.
Swords Youthreach opened in 1989 to provide an alternative learning programme to early school leavers. Like other Youthreach centres in our ETB they provide a framework within which young people can develop self-confidence and the skills necessary for employment or further study. Great stress is placed on the development of the individual and students are made aware that while work is essential part of a person’s life, it is only a part. There is a need to develop other aspects of one’s personality and, as a result, they place great emphasis on positive mental health.