What is Youth Engagement?
Youth Engagement is involving young people in responsible, challenging actions to create positive social change. This means involving young people in planning and decisions that affect themselves and others. Youth engagement occurs in EPIC in youth-adult partnerships that are structured so that both groups learn and teach each other.
EPIC Youth Board
The Youth Board is made up of young people in care and with care experience. This way EPIC ensures that we hear directly the voices of young people in care or with care experience. Young people on this panel do this by:
- advising us directly on our work.
- working with other relevant organisations.
- running campaigns.
- lobby to improve outcomes for children in care.
- help us address issues that affect young people with care experience.
Children and Young Peopple’s Fora:
EPIC has in conjunction with Tusla (The Child and Family Agency) developed local youth fora. These fora facilitate young people in foster care between the ages of 12 and 17 to meet and share their experiences with local practitioners and policymakers. These fora are young person-led and voluntary. There is an opportunity for young people to feedback information to social work practitioners and management on various care issues.
What do you think now?
This short film was made by The EPIC Youth Board to address the prejudices and stereotypes that society can have about care leavers. One on the many projects The EPIC Youth Board worked on throughout 2014.
How to get involved
There are many ways to get involved with EPIC. Get in touch if you wish to become a member of The EPIC Youth Board or get involved in our events.
Contact Peter Lane
Ph: 087 655 5731