From sitting at home.. to Wicklow Youthreach.. to College.. wp3

My name is Jaclyn Lyons. I started Wicklow Youthreach in September 2012. I joined because I was moving house and I didn’t want to do 5th year in a new school all over again, I got bored sitting at home all the time and wanted to do something with myself.

Since I started, I have benefitted from learning and completing portfolios in all my subjects and participating in as many activities as I could. I did two mock interviews which have prepared me for when I finish college and want to apply for a job. Work experience taught me what it is really like out there in the working world.

Before I started Youthreach I had a fear of water but with the help of the sports teachers I participated in swimming and water safety and achieved an Irish Water Safety Swimming Certificate.

I participated in the X-Hale Youth Awards through the Irish Cancer Society where we made a video to encourage young people to quit smoking.

Through the Young Social Innovators group I had the opportunity to work with other students to produce a book of real life stories highlighting the violation of people’s human rights.

I am very grateful for the opportunities Wicklow Youthreach has given me, especially, returning to continue my education. In March I had my personal advisory meeting for college, I was delighted when I was informed I got a place.

My Personal and Interpersonal Development class group decided to write this poem to mark and celebrate our time in Youthreach.

On behalf of all the students I would like to thank all the staff and other students for making our time here in Youthreach unforgettable.