The deadline is fast approaching for those interested in taking part in the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative.
The programme, which has been brought together by the National University of Ireland Galway, Foróige, and the GAA, will offer 15 young GAA club members from Roscommon, Kildare, and Galway the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through an exciting programme that evokes and honours the values Dermot epitomised and held so dear. This closing date is Friday, September 27.
Speaking at the launch of the programme, Dermot Earley Jr, said: “Enabling young people to achieve their full potential was something my father was passionate about. We are delighted to give our support to this initiative and look forward to the positive influence these young leaders will have on their GAA clubs, their communities and beyond.”
The lucky participants, who must be between 15 and 18-years-old, will explore all elements of leadership before being asked to put their skills to work in their own clubs and communities.
Those who complete all three modules between October 2013 and April 2014 will be eligible to graduate from NUIG with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action. Following the initial gathering in Croke Park, all subsequent sessions will take place in the participants’ own county and will be delivered by GAA and Foróige volunteers who have received specific training in NUIG.
The course will be part-time in nature and will be delivered in the evenings and at weekends through a timetable that will avoid interference with school and other educational or sporting commitments.
The programme is free of charge, with a €40 registration fee covering the cost of printing of materials and manuals which will be issued to the participants. Those who decide to avail of the opportunity of graduating at the official NUIG graduating ceremony will have to cover a registration fee of €300 (there may be an option of fundraising towards this as part of the programme activities).
Participants will also have the opportunity to fundraise and travel to Zambia as part of the Alan Kerins Project’s intercultural youth programme.
Application forms are available from all Clubs and from www.gaaroscommon.ie and completed application forms must be posted to “DEYLI applications, GAA Community & Health section, Croke Park, Jones Road, Dublin 3” no later than this Friday, September 27 at 5pm.
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