Youth Advocacy Project

IAP Launch - advocactes and young people

The Irish Refugee Council Dublin and Galway based advocates for the Independent Advocacy Programme pilot

The Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) is an advocacy, mentorship and befriending programme where young people in the asylum process are matched with volunteer advocates helping to promote the young person’s integration into Irish society. The advocates meet with them regularly to provide friendship, advice and support in regard to the asylum process and other aspects of the young person’s life. The advocate also helps ensure that the young person’s views are heard, advocating for them or empowering them to advocate on their own behalf. The young people involved in this project are usually between the ages of 17 and 21.

The programme works primarily with young people who initially came to Ireland as separated children. These young people ‘age out’ of the Irish care system as they approach 18 and enter the Direct Provision system. Along with having to contend with the legal complexities of claiming asylum, they are dispersed to shared hostel style accommodation across the country that is often extremely unsuitable for their needs and are unable to work or access most further education and training options.

simplebooklet.All applicants are subject to our Child Protection Policy, which includes vetting.

Independent Advocacy Programme: Evaluation Report April ’12/Nov ’13

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To read the evaluation of the Independent Advocacy Project after the first 6 months, click here