Sixteen young people from Derry, supported by the Western Education and Library Board’s (WELB) Youth Service, recently completed their eight week OCN Understanding Diversity within Society accredited course at Strathfoyle and Pennyburn Youth Centres.
Over the past eight weeks, the young people took part in engaging workshops which explored issues such as racism and diversity. This interaction helped equip the members with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to explore their different cultures and backgrounds bringing them into contact with peers from other local areas.
Supporting the participants, Chris McGarrigle, WELB Youth Worker-In-Charge Strathfoyle Youth Centre, said: “This programme has equipped each young person with a sound knowledge and good understanding of the issues that surround diversity, whilst at the same time gaining a qualification.”
Speaking at the presentation of certificates, Brendan Wilkinson, WELB Youth Worker-in-Charge Pennyburn Youth Centre, said: “The course was a joint programme where the young people looked forward to meeting in alternating youth clubs each week.”
He added: “It is extremely rewarding to see these young people celebrate their achievements and reflect on the positive impact that this course has had on their social and personal development.”
In evaluating the programme, one youth club member Harley McKittrick, said: “Taking part in this programme has allowed me to get to know young people my own age from different backgrounds. It was great to learn a little bit more about each other and I thought the youth workers were great.”