A new centre for youth research and development was launched to day at NUI Maynooth.
The centre, which will be known as CYRD (Centre for Youth Research and Development) is the first such facility in an Irish university dedicated specifically to young people.
It will be concerned with the study of all aspects of youth in society - young people’s lives and lifestyles, behaviour and attitudes, creativity and expression, participation and engagement, issues and problems, diverse circumstances and identities - as well as the study of, and contribution to the development of, policies and services for young people (including youth work, youth justice, social care, education and health).
the centre was launched by Minister Frances Fitzgerald, who said that the centre is “a very positive sign that attitudes towards young people are changing for the better and their voices are being heard”.
The centre will be located in the Department of Applied Social Studies, and directed by Dr Maurice Devlin.
A number of projects are already underway, including an evaluation of the Football Association of Ireland’s FUTSAL project, aimed at promoting social inclusion in local communities through football and education hubs; An action research project in partnership with Kildare Youth Services exploring young people’s and youth workers’ experiences of involvement in youth work projects and services and the development of a Masters in European Youth Studies with funding from the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.