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Irish Youth Health Promotion Bibliography

This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland. We are very grateful to the Health Promotion research centre based in NUI Galway for their support in collating this bibliography of research studies.

This bibliography will act as a foundation for an in-depth evaluation of Irish research on youth health promotion. It will assist in identifying gaps in policy and practice, planning future projects and reduce duplication of research.

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Pathways to effective support for early school leavers; the integrated proactive tracking and mentoring initiative.

Full title: 
Pathways to effective support for early school leavers; the integrated proactive tracking and mentoring initiative.
Author: 
Battell, A.
Year: 
2004
Category: 
Youth Work Programme
Citation: 
Battell, A. (2004). Pathways to effective support for early school leavers; the integrated proactive tracking and mentoring initiative. Dublin: Irish Youth Work Press.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To review the work and practice of Kildare, Kerry and Waterford Pathways sites and their impact on early school leavers.
Methodology: 
Not detailed
Participants: 
Not detailed
Conclusion: 
The Pathways programme delivers an effective and meaningful suite of services to early school leavers. Part of its success is its ability to remain young person focused and build links with relevant agencies and stakeholders. This report concludes that Pathways is held in high regard by both voluntary organisations and is a highly successful response to early school leaving.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, early school leavers, programme
Length: 
24 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access

Big Brothers Big Sisters Ireland youth mentoring programme Galway, Mayo & Roscommon: evaluation report.

Full title: 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Ireland youth mentoring programme Galway, Mayo & Roscommon: evaluation report.
Author: 
Brady, B., Dolan, P., O’Brien, M., & Canavan, J.
Year: 
2005
Category: 
Youth Work Programme
Citation: 
Brady, B., Dolan, P., O’Brien, M., & Canavan, J. (2005). Big Brothers Big Sisters Ireland youth mentoring programme Galway, Mayo & Roscommon: evaluation report. Galway: Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, WHB/NUI Galway.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To examine how the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) model has been implemented in Ireland, to profile the young people using the service, to assess the opinions of all stakeholders regarding BBBS and to make recommendations for its future development.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires and interviews.
Participants: 
Young people (n=50) and adults (n=29) participated.
Conclusion: 
This report identifies that the model is cost-effective, through building on volunteer inputs and working through Neighbourhood Youth Project (NYP) structures. While BBBS Ireland has worked very well to date, a need was identified to focus on making sure that every match is as good as it possibly can be in order to maximise outcomes for young people in the future. The report identifies recommendations for the future for implementation of the BBBS programme In Ireland.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
Big Brothers, Big Sisters, youth mentoring, evaluation
Length: 
101 pages

Community mentoring a strategy to raise the self esteem of young people at risk of failure in education.

Full title: 
Community mentoring a strategy to raise the self esteem of young people at risk of failure in education.
Author: 
Condren, D., Tully, R., Slattery, M., Mudge, P., & O'Gorman, N.
Year: 
2000
Category: 
Youth Work Programme
Citation: 
Condren, D., Tully, R., Slattery, M., Mudge, P., & O Gorman, N. (2000). Community mentoring, a strategy to raise the self-esteem of young people at risk of failure in education. Tipperary: Mol an Óige.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To describe the programme’s principles, development stages and value of it to mentors, mentees and training centres.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
The report concludes that the programme offers mentees opportunities for improved self-esteem, listening, problem solving, and communication skills. Mentees felt valued and supported in their learning rather than judged and this can impact on students' motivation to succeed at school. In turn it reports that the enhancement of self-esteem had significant benefits for the mentee’s personal relationships. Positive outcomes for mentors included improved skills in listening, problem solving, guidance and communication skills, greater self-awareness and a sense of pride in the mentee’s achievements. This can result in improved staff morale, links with the community and a positive profile for the centre. This report also offers examples of how this programme was implemented successfully.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth work, self-esteem, developed programme
Length: 
12 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from the School Development Planning Initiative

Kilkenny Youthlynx. Presented at a conference entitled ‘Future directions: guidance as a force of social inclusion of young people’, Dublin, March, 2002. National Centre for Guidance in Education, Ireland.

Full title: 
Kilkenny Youthlynx. Presented at a conference entitled ‘Future directions: guidance as a force of social inclusion of young people’, Dublin, March, 2002. National Centre for Guidance in Education, Ireland.
Author: 
Howard, A., Brennan, K., & Bolger, R.
Year: 
2002
Category: 
Youth Work Programme
Citation: 
Howard, A., Brennan, K., & Bolger, R. (2002). Kilkenny Youthlynx. Presented at a conference entitled ‘Future directions: guidance as a force of social inclusion of young people’, Dublin, March, 2002. National Centre for Guidance in Education, Ireland.
Publication Type: 
Conference proceedings/workshop report
Aim: 
To provide an overview of Kilkenny Youthlynx
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
Kilkenny Youthlynx developed an innovative, flexible and needs-based National Council Vocational Awards (NCVA) accredited training and development programme for early school leavers and young mothers (aged fifteen to twenty years). The programme was developed in consultation with each group of young people and included elements of personal development, art, music, drama, computers/IT, career information and work experience.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, Kilkenny
Length: 
6 pages (64-70)

“Learn what you like and like what you learn”: the youth encounter projects and St. Augustine’s special school, Limerick City.

Full title: 
“Learn what you like and like what you learn”: the youth encounter projects and St. Augustine’s special school, Limerick City.
Author: 
McElwee, N.
Year: 
2007
Category: 
Youth Work Programme
Citation: 
McElwee, N. (2007) “Learn what you like and like what you learn”: the Youth Encounter Projects and St. Augustine’s special school, Limerick City, chapter 7. Child & Youth Services, 29(1-2), 165-199.
Publication Type: 
Journal article
Aim: 
To provide a demographic profile of young people attending the Youth Encounter Project (YEP) in Limerick City who are considered ‘disadvantaged’ and have a significant degree of learning difficulty, and to explore the impact of Limerick YEP on their lives.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
The Youth Encounter Projects aim to develop pupil scholastic, vocational, and personal capabilities and strengths. Yet to date YEPs have operated without formal, regular networking between projects. The Limerick YEP has achieved some of its primary aims e.g. overcoming truancy amongst young people attending. The YEPs adopt an ecological approach to working through relationships, which are individualised to the needs of each pupil. Staff and volunteers aim to encourage social competence and belief in the future among young people. However more work to understand how the young people feel and understand this process needs to be conducted.
Keywords: 
special education, Limerick Youth Encounter Project, risk, resiliency, youth work, youth development
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
36 pages

Workshop E: The Carline Project. Presented at a conference entitled ‘Future directions: guidance as a force of social inclusion of young people’, Dublin, March, 2002. National Centre for Guidance in Education, Ireland.

Full title: 
Workshop E: The Carline Project. Presented at a conference entitled ‘Future directions: guidance as a force of social inclusion of young people’, Dublin, March, 2002. National Centre for Guidance in Education, Ireland.
Author: 
Murray, F.
Year: 
2002
Category: 
Youth Work Programme
Citation: 
Murray, F. (2002). Workshop E: The Carline Project. Presented at a conference entitled ‘Future directions: guidance as a force of social inclusion of young people’, Dublin, March, 2002. National Centre for Guidance in Education, Ireland.
Publication Type: 
Conference proceedings/workshop report
Aim: 
To provide a summary of The Carline Project for young people in Dublin.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
The Carline Project was created to assist young people, male and female, aged thirteen to eighteen years of age, who were unable to avail of other educational and training programmes in North Clondalkin. It assists participants through positive and professional approaches: to build self-esteem and self-confidence, to resolve social, personal, behavioural and family issues, and to develop skills for education and employment. The intention for all trainees completing the Carline Project was to obtain a National Council for Vocational Awards (NCVA) accreditation.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, Dublin, education, skills
Length: 
2 pages (48-49)

Young people a creative force in the community: Permanent TSB foróige youth citizenship programme young people making a difference in their communities.

Full title: 
Young people a creative force in the community: Permanent TSB foróige youth citizenship programme young people making a difference in their communities.
Author: 
Foróige
Year: 
2005
Category: 
Youth Work Programme
Citation: 
Foróige, (2005). Young people a creative force in the community: Permanent TSB Foróige youth citizenship programme. Young people making a difference in their communities. Unpublished report from Foróige.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To describe the youth citizenship programme’s aims, implementation stages and evaluation methods.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This report describes the Foróige youth citizenship programme and how to start, maintain and evaluate such a programme.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, citizenship, programme
Length: 
28 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from Foróige

Teenage Health Initiative: report and evaluation of a pilot project aimed at reducing teenage pregnancies in the Eastern Health Board area 1997-1998.

Full title: 
Teenage Health Initiative: report and evaluation of a pilot project aimed at reducing teenage pregnancies in the Eastern Health Board area 1997-1998.
Author: 
Acton, M, & Hynes, M.
Year: 
1998
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Acton, M., & Hynes, M. (1998). Teenage Health Initiative: report and evaluation of a pilot project aimed at reducing teenage pregnancies in the Eastern Health Board area 1997-1998, (unpublished Eastern Health Board document).
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To reduce teenage pregnancies in the Eastern Health Board area by offering training to youth organisation and resource centres in areas such as; programme implementation; working with groups; interpersonal communications, peer pressure, role play; positive knowledge on fertility, conception, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Methodology: 
Focus groups and questionnaires.
Participants: 
A total of 34 youth workers (5 males, 29 females) were trained across nine training days, of which 21 trainers’ implemented programmes with children and young people (10 to 18 years). A total of 98 young people completed questionnaires and were involved in 6 focus groups.
Conclusion: 
This evaluation highlights the effectiveness of the programme in improving the knowledge, attitude and behaviour of teenagers related to sexuality and sexual health.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
teenage pregnancies, training and implementation
Length: 
80 pages

Developing a strategy for crisis intervention in Youthreach.

Full title: 
Developing a strategy for crisis intervention in Youthreach.
Author: 
Brown, J.
Year: 
2005
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Brown, J. (2005). Developing a strategy for crisis intervention in Youthreach. Letterkenny: Adult Education Services, Co. Donegal Vocational Educational Committee.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
This report aimed to investigate the extent and level of crisis within the overall Youthreach programme, to establish the level of support needs and to identify best practice and potential models for dealing with these needs.
Methodology: 
Questionnaire, focus groups and informal interviews.
Participants: 
A total of 6 Youthreach centres and one senior Traveller training centre were involved in the pilot. Of the 123 trainees, 23 participated in focus groups & all completed questionnaires and 10 staff members also participated.
Conclusion: 
The report concludes that the programme supports trainees to mature and leave the programme with an enhanced sense of self-esteem and more effective coping and relationship building skills, in addition to a range of essential, vocational FETAC qualifications.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
strategy development, crisis intervention, Youthreach
Length: 
96 pages

Aisling 1997-2007; a safe haven in Ballymun.

Full title: 
Aisling 1997-2007; a safe haven in Ballymun.
Author: 
Byrne, M., & Canavan, A.
Year: 
2007
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Byrne, M., & Canavan, A. (2007). Aisling 1997-2007: a safe haven in Ballymun. Unpublished report to the Aisling Project, Ballymun.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To trace the history of the Aisling Project, assess the quality of service, evaluate the extent to which children and families have benefited and make recommendations for the future of Aisling in Ballymun.
Methodology: 
Interviews, consultations, observations, case studies and the utilisation of SACERS, an internationally recognised instrument for measuring the quality of after-school services.
Participants: 
Stakeholders, parents, staff and children.
Conclusion: 
This review highlights many benefits for children participating in the Aisling Programme. These include better school attendance and progress at school, better homework preparation, increased self-confidence and self-esteem, improvements in behaviour, improved nutrition, a sense of self-worth, access to a listening ear and opportunities to engage in a variety of activities that explore their individual skills and abilities. The review concludes that the Aisling Project was highly successful in meeting its primary objective of improving the daily lives of children in Ballymun.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
after school, youth group, Ballymun, evaluation
Length: 
148 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from the Aisling Project

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