Elevate is for young people aged 18-25 and aims to provide an alternative to them from the prevailing alcohol and illegal drug culture. The YMCA is one of several youth projects in this area with a wide rage of projects and services. Elevate to date has participated in two European partnerships under the Erasmus programmes of the EU.
The Elevate group consists of young men and women. Most remain on the programme for two years. Elevate is funded by the Department of Social Protection as a CE (Community Employment) Scheme.
Elevate aims to:
– Provide social skills training to a group of 18–25 year olds who are finding it difficult to find employment or access educational opportunities
– Develop individualised training and personal development based on client needs assessment.
– Prepare individuals for return to further education or for the world of work.
– Offer an alternative to regular dependency on alcohol and drugs.
The Elevate Programme takes place over 2 years. The first year sees participants undertake a mixture of FETAC accredited courses, community development work, personal development modules and the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence). The FETAC module is Communications (Level 4).
The second year is devoted to a work placement which involves the participant working in the area of their choice for 6 months. Past placements have included hair and beauty salons, clothing stores, creches, youth reaches and financial institutions.
phone: (021) 427 0187