New Youth Diversion Project planned for south Mayo

Minister Dara Calleary has encouraged interested community and youth service organisations to submit proposals in relation to the establishment of a new Youth Diversion Projects (YDPs) in Claremorris.

YDPs work with young people at risk of crime and anti-social behaviour to divert them away from criminal behaviour and towards better life outcomes.

They provide a range of supports, including education, training and employment support, social enterprise initiatives, as well as personal development supports such as mentoring.

Minister Calleary said: "It is so important that we give young people at risk of going down the wrong path every opportunity to correct themselves and meet their full potential.

"Youth Diversion Projects not only divert young people away from crime, but also work to foster young people’s talents, interests and personal development.

"The establishment of this new project for Claremorris marks a significant milestone in the achievement of the Youth Justice Strategy’s commitment to having YDP services available in all areas.''

Expressions of interest in principle from community-based organisations in establishing new YDPs should be submitted to by January 12, 2023.