A North Dublin youth group have launched a new book that aims to help young people in Ireland and beyond to “find their voice as leaders”.
The Unity in the Community Youth Group, in partnership with All Together in Dignity (ATD), launched the ‘Ireland, I Have A Dream’ book last Friday in Mountjoy Square, with funding from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund.
The project has provided a new space for young people in Ireland to find their voice as leaders and to explore the inequalities of poverty in the context of their own lives by writing speeches, poems, raps, and spoken word in the spirit of Martin Luther King’s famous I Have A Dream speech.
The book chronicles the story of the youth group, the project itself, workshops, and partners. The core of this publication is a collection of more than 30 ‘dreams’ written by young people.
Senan, a youth worker with ATD Ireland, said: “We are excited to have been able to execute such a successful Coca Cola Thank You Fund project this year. We managed to host eight workshops, as opposed to the planned five, which made a huge difference to the young people involved.
“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the publication with all the young people who contributed to it, along with their proud families. It’s a great achievement for them.”
The book was launched with great success at an event that included music, speeches and family fun.