Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg are a youth council, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies. The core programme of Comhairle na nÓg centres on young people identifying, prioritising and progressing topics important to them. Our members then try to influence local decision-makers to achieve their desired outcome, impact or change. The members of the committee are elected through their Secondary Schools and Youth Organisations and sit for a 2 year term of office on the committee.
Comhairle na nÓg gets young people’s voices heard in two ways: working on young people’s topics; and acting as a consultative forum. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs provides money to local authorities to run effective Comhairle na nÓg.
In 2016 Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg choose to work on Intergenerational projects with the aim of improving relationships between younger and older people. They produced this DVD entitled “Breaking the Stereotypes” in partnership with thirty older people from around the County. In partnership with members of Monaghan Older Peoples Forum, the DVD looks at common stereotypes that face both generations and reinforces the message that age shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving great things. In the DVD they highlight accomplishments young and old have achieved both locally, nationally and internationally!
In the past, Monaghan Comhairle worked on a variety of topics. They worked closely with Monaghan County Council’s Social Inclusion Measure Group and the Positive Mental Health Sub-Committee, HSE and Mental Health Ireland, and succeeded in mapping out mental health services across the county showing what services are in place for young people.
They designed, printed and produced 10,000 leaflets and 500 posters which were distributed throughout the County.
They developed a road safety DVD “It Could Happen to You” in conjunction with the Driving Change Project. The DVD was very well received and the local Gardaí intend to utilise it in their schools programme.
They initiated a hugely successful alcohol awareness campaign targeted towards Junior Cert students receiving exam results entitled “Don’t Pour Your Dreams Away”.
They have worked on Intergenerational Stereotyping and produced a DVD to increase awareness on the topic. Members have also had an opportunity to take part in local and national consultations on topics and issues that affect their lives. They have participated in cross border projects working with other young people in different communities. They have also worked with the Municipal Districts in the County on specific projects in the MD areas. To find out how you can become a member of the committee contact the Youth Development Officer on 047 73717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out Futher Infromation about the “Don’t Pour Your Dreams Away ” Go to the Facebook page titled “Don’t Pour Your Dreams Away”.