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Aspirations (South) Exchange Project
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The ASPIRATIONS (South) EXCHANGE PROJECT aims to enhance volunteer and Part-time youth work practitioners who are new to the field of extended residential or international / global youth work or have limited knowledge and/or experience in planning and delivery of exchange work, to be able to assist professional staff in future programmes of international work. The concept for the project initiated with our counterparts the Western Education & Library Board's Youth Service in Northern Ireland has drawn upon research that suggests 'we need to look at the best way to develop volunteers and professionally qualified workers to deliver the best possible service to young people.' (Ref: SamMcCready and Dr TonyMorgan. (2014) PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED YOUTH WORKERS: An investigation into the careers, employment and perceptions of professionally qualified youth workers in Northern Ireland. ) Many of the potential participants for this project have engaged with youth service in their younger years and have progressed to further engagement by returning or continuing through voluntary service. The development of these young people is a primary and underpinning driver for this initiative. The project will seek to identify participants who have been, or are currently considered NEET and have had less educational opportunities with a view to achieving the aforementioned aim.

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