The Youth Researchers Event is a collaboration of UNESCO and Prof. Pat Dolan, Director of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway. The work that will be presented derives from the Mayo Child and Young Person Advisory Committee, an initiative between Foróige and the Tusla Child and Family Agency. These young researchers, trained and supervised by the UNESCO Chair at NUI Galway, have set out to understand how youth are helped and heard. Specifically, the research investigated young people’s knowledge of the family support services ‘’Tusla’’ and how young people would like to receive information on these services.
A group of 16 youth researchers and 2 chaperones will travel to UNESCO Headquarters on July 10, 2018. They will present their findings, from an in-depth literature review and a survey of 248 young people during a one-hour event. The team found that 64% of young people were unsure of what the social service Tusla was, and 74% did not know what family support is. They recommended that information aimed at teens should be put online and on social media as well as posters and leaflets.
In addition to the 16 young researchers and their chaperones, the event will include an invited audience of approximately 15 UNESCO staff and fellows.
This research and the opportunity for young researchers to present their findings at UNESCO is in line with the UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth; it will enhance youth civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation. Furthermore, the presentation of these findings will directly inform the Youth PVE team’s work on empathy education and youth development. Finally, this visit will inform continuing and future collaborations between UNESCO and the UNESCO Child and Family Research.