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Compass - Urban Orienteering Race for Young Travellers

In January 2012 the Compass Urban Orienteering Race provided skills and opportunities for employment, training, education and career guidance to Traveller youth.

16 young people prepared to make their dreams and aspirations for the future a reality. The Compass project’s exciting and innovative Urban Orienteering Race began in February 2012. This race saw the young people travel throughout Dublin visiting prospective employment and education agencies to get as much information and skills needed to get their dream job. The network partners were FÁS, Dublin City University, SIPTU, South Dublin County Council, The Public Appointments Committee and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

The team, and their highly skilled coaches, began the process of setting out their goals and how to go about achieving them. Together, with our network partners, they were given training in all aspects needed for career development.

I’ve always wanted to work with kids.” said 19 year old race participant Donna.

The team was given the skills needed to research education and employment opportunities. They also received training in communications, how to complete a CV and job interview skills.

I’ve always wanted, since I was a child watching old movies, to be in the police force.” said 21 year old race participant Joe.

The “race” was completed with a certificate ceremony giving the group a great sense of pride achievement and celebration. There were many highlights of the Urban Orienteering Race. Some of which included a visit to the Irish Government Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

I got to sit in the Minister’s chair.” said 17 year old race participant Martin.

Due to the success of the Compass Urban Orienteering Race these young people will continue to link in with Exchange House, and our partners, to further develop their job seeking skills. We wish our participants the best of luck and “Go n’éirí an bóthar leat” (May the road rise to meet you).

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