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Testimonials

mPower Youth Project

mPower made me realise I can make a difference".

 


mPower Participant

Testimonials

mPower Youth Project

mPower made me feel like I am not alone in society.

 

 


mPower Participant

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) manages the Realising Integration project.   Realising Integration seeks to address particular issues faced by Third Country National workers in Ireland.
 
The project builds the capacity of Third Country people to integrate and actively participate in Irish society.  The project also develops the capacity of key organisations to respond to the needs and experiences of Third Country Nationals.  The project engages with a wide range of organisations including trade unions, community and voluntary organisations and service providers. 
 
The project carries out a wide range of activities including:
 
• Supporting action groups that represent Third Country National domestic workers and restaurant workers.
 
• Setting up a national outreach programme for Third Country National workers.
 
• Developing mPower, an initiative that supports and empowers Third Country young people.
 
• Delivering tailored seminars and training courses to key organisations and also to migrant leaders.  The seminars cover a wide range of topics including integrating migrant workers in the workplace, freedom of religious belief, integration, interculturalism, anti-racism, equality and diversity. 
 
 
Realising Integration completed in February 2013.
 
Case Study
Our mPower project used creative youth work activities to bring a group of Third Country young people together to share their stories of living in Ireland. All of these dynamic and inspirational young people were born in countries outside of the European Union. However, they have all grown up in Ireland and have made their homes here. The result of this project was the film, Making Ireland Home.
 
 
The young people became involved in the project after an initial outreach phase. During this phase, we contacted Third Country young people through families that we work with, other migrant organisations and youth groups around Ireland. A core group of young people came together and started to share their stories. They identified key themes emerging from their experiences of living in Ireland today.
 
With the support of filmmaker, Katie Gillium, the participants developed film making skills, made new friendships and participated in a very creative and facilitative process of storytelling.
 
In Making Ireland Home, migrant young people explore themes such as identity and diversity in multicultural Ireland. In a series of one-to-one interviews, the participants share their experiences. These humorous and honest stories give us an insight into some of the problems young migrants go through in Ireland. The young people also share their hopes, dreams and aspirations for their future - a future they all see in Ireland.
 
The Base youth centre in Ballyfermot and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) were strategic partners throughout the project. NYCI are now using Making Ireland Home in their anti-racism and equality training for youth workers. NYCI has reported that the project has left a lasting impact on the youth sector. By participating in mPower, these young people have acted as advocates for migrant young people who are vulnerable to exclusion and discrimination in our society.