I enjoyed my time in Youthreach Ballinrobe. I started my LCA when I was pregnant and with only a little English language. I got a lot of support from the teachers and students. The teachers were brilliant, and they helped me to improve my English a lot. The small class size ensured excellent involvement between students and teachers. During my time in the Youthreach centre, I discovered myself in art and participated in W.B. Yeats competition. I won 1st place with my 3D art sculpture of Yeats. I was delighted with my LCA results, and I got a distinction. After I finished LCA, I did a few part-time courses, and now I’m working as an account assistant in a construction company.

Student No 3.

Attending Youthreach was the best decision I ever made in my life. I found the financial support given to me to attend Youthreach helped me complete my Leaving Cert Applied, without this support, I would not have been able to stay in full time education.

I loved attending Youthreach, as the teachers motivated and encouraged me to progress to further education. They help each student reach their full potential. I have applied for Hairdressing and Make-Up Application, QQI Level 5 in GTI, Galway. Year 1 offers certification in QQI Level 5 and Junior Trades Examination. Year 2 offers certification in Senior Trades Examination. I am very excited about progression as I got a great start in Hairdressing in Youthreach. I am very grateful to all the staff in Youthreach for all the support and for providing me with life skills that will stand to me in my future career in Hairdressing.

Student No. 2

Completing my Leaving Certificate Applied in Youthreach Ballinrobe was an amazing journey filled with fond memories of fun days out and lasting friendships. Since finishing in Youthreach I have completed a level 5 QQI course in pre-nursing studies and am now going into my 3rd year of Social Care in GMIT Castlebar. Youthreach gave me the confidence, motivation and skills to get to where I am today as I continue pursuing my goals. As a person who did not enjoy mainstream secondary school Youthreach was the perfect option for me, I would highly recommend Youthreach to anyone who feels that mainstream education is not for them.

Student No.1