Since the publication of the National Youth Strategy, my Department has worked towards creating quality opportunities for young people which include culture, art and sports.
Local Creative Youth Partnerships are supported in three selected Education and Training Board areas through Hub na NÓg and a dedicated Participation Officer. These opportunities are supported by my Department and the Creative Ireland Programmes for Youth.
My Department also supports an initiative of the National Youth Council of Ireland, the Youth Arts Programme which is dedicated to the development and advancement of youth arts in Ireland. It aims specifically to realise the potential of young people through good quality arts practice in the youth service and to develop appropriate policies and activities at local, regional and national level.
My Department also engages with inter-departmental strategies and groups, such as the Sports Leadership Group, to support developments to increase children and young people’s participation in exercise and sport.