YouthBank Fingal is officially launched

Co-ordinator of Fingal YouthBank Ema tells each of the newly recruited grant-makers to go and "be the light that shines in the world".  A magical event took place in the Foroige Ballbriggan Youth Service to mark the launch of YouthBank Fingal.  

The evening of Friday the 1st December marked the launch of the newest YouthBank site in Ireland,  YouthBank Fingal.  This YouthBank is hosted by the Foroige Balbriggan Youth Service and is co-ordinated by Ema Idowu.  There are currently 25 YouthBanks across the island of Ireland, managed centrally by the Irish Youth Foundation who provide the training and support to hosting organisations throughout the country.

 On the night the newly recruited YouthBank group made a very impressive and comprehensive presentation to members of the local community on the training they  have completed to date and the process they will undertake over the coming months in setting up their own youth-led grant-making committee. 

 This group will essentially run a grant scheme exclusively for teenagers to apply to in the Fingal area.  They will raise money that will be matched by the Irish Youth Foundation, open up their grant call, pre-select, undertake interviews, decision-making, contracts, monitoring, budgeting and reporting.  They also made it very clear in their presentation they will make time to have some fun and celebrate their achievements!  This is a win win for the Fingal community.  Not only will the YouthBank committee gain valuable skills that will boost their employability prospects but hundreds of young people in the area will have the opportunity to receive small scale grants for their innovative ideas.  The magic is that the entire process will be led by young people themselves!

 During the launch Brian Howard presented the YouthBank group with a cheque for €2,500 from the Progressive Credit Union.  They have been extremely impressed with the young people involved and the see grass roots approach, values and skill set that young people acquire within the programme as something they very much want to support locally.

 At the event the young people made an appeal to the local community to help them is raising their grant pot. Any local business who would like to sponsor them or someone who has expertise in helping them at various stages of their programme they would be delighted with the assistance.

 You can contact them by email: ema.byouthbank@gmail.com

Or call Ema on 0877864331