YOUNG SVP PROGRAMME HELPING TO REBUILD YOUTHS’ CONFIDENCE
- Research by Electric Ireland reveals that the general public has a negative view of young people but participation in Young SVP helps to boost confidence –
Four in five young people feel the general public has a negative view of them according to a new survey of 15 to 24 year olds from across the island of Ireland.
The research was commissioned by Electric Ireland to mark its sponsorship of the Young St. Vincent de Paul (Young SVP) Youth Development programme, which encourages young people to get involved in social action and promotes their social and personal development. The results demonstrate disconnection between how young people today feel they are perceived by the public, versus how they really are.
The study also revealed almost 1 in 3 young people reported a lack of confidence while 65% of young people feel that adults don’t take the time to get to know or understand them.
Of the respondents who have been part of the Young SVP programme, 57% say it made them more confident, 62% say it made them more aware of social justice, 48% more ready to help other people and 39% felt the programme made them more job ready.
To coincide with the release of the survey, Electric Ireland has created a cutting edge short film titled #WhatDoYouSee which was launched at the SVP Annual Youth Day 2016 held recently at Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast. Available to view on www.WhatDoYouSee.ie, the film uses innovative technology, enabling a mobile in-browser, dual-message experience showcasing two perspectives of teenagers, challenging the viewer to have a smarter perception of youth participation in the community.
On the day of the conference young people from schools right across Northern Ireland, showcased the projects they have been involved in and discussed with peers the positive impact that being part of YSVP has had on their development.
John Cunningham, Northern Ireland Residential Manager, Electric Ireland, commented: “While perceptions of our young people are not always as positive as they should be, at Electric Ireland we see the potential of young people and continuously champion them through our sport, music and charity partnerships. The hope is that the Young SVP programme makes them more confident and helps them to grow and develop on a personal level and gives our society another opportunity to witness the potential of our young people.”
Through the support of Young SVP, Electric Ireland ensures its commitment to Smarter Living reaches even the most vulnerable in society and empowers young people across the island of Ireland to make a positive impact today.
Commenting on the survey results, Cormac Wilson, Senior Vice President Northern Region SVP said: “The results of the research speak for themselves; young people in the Northern Region of SVP are doing amazing things, and everyone should be doing more to celebrate this. The Annual Youth Conference is an opportunity for our young people to get together and inspire each other as well as showcasing the wonderful work they are doing. We are thrilled to be supported by Electric Ireland on this and other programmes so we can reach thousands of young people and help them express their true value to society.”