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Pictured are Medal Winners, Raymond Costin and Nita Collins, both Mayfield Foroige with Mick Finn, Cork ETB Youth Work Services, Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh, Lady Mayoress Stephanie Kavanagh and Denis Barrett, Community Response Fourm Cork City Council, at the Lord Mayor’s Medal presentation for the, We Are Cork Summer Youth Challenge 2020, for completion of Challenges as part of the Inaugural Summer Youth Challenge, presented by Lord Mayor Cllr Kavanagh, at City Hall, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Youngsters show they are Cork by challenging Covid

CORK youngsters have been lauded by the city and county mayors for standing up to Covid by completing a series of challenges over the summer months and earning special rewards for their efforts

Over 45,000 people engaged with the We Are Cork Youth Challenge Website over the summer months, with 400 young people undertaking a series of challenges set by Cork ETB Youth Services in association with Cork City and Cork County Councils.

Twenty young people successfully completed the full 20 challenges required to gain official recognition with a specially commissioned Lord Mayor’s and County Mayor’s Medals and certificates.

The We Are Cork challenges ranged from tasks across a wide range of activities including music, sport, arts and lifestyle with the young people themselves setting their own goals and activities, filming them and uploading to an ETB social media platform. It ran alongside an urban sports project also provided by Cork ETB where young people from various youth projects around the city took part in kayaking and wall-climbing activities.

In presenting the awards to two young people from the city (who represented all the recipients), Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh praised the organisers of the challenge and the youth workers who oversaw them but reserved his biggest tribute to the young participants.

“These are testing times for young people and to see the level of engagement in the We are Cork Challenge during the summer was fantastic,” he said. “Young people challenged themselves and developed new skills which will be important in their own lives going forward. Well done to all the participants for taking part and to all the recipients of medals and certificates.”

County Mayor Cllr Mary Linehan Foley said; “the effort and creativity of the young people who were involved in this challenge provided an example to us all in our own communities and so well done to them for lifting our spirits. They are worthy recipients of the Mayor’s Medals and the new skills they learned in the process – as well as having great fun – will benefit them long into the future.”

CEO of Cork ETB, Denis Leamy, echoed the words of the city and county mayors and complimented all those who engaged with the challenges. “Young people have been challenged by Covid-19 in their family, school and daily lives; this challenge helped them to focus on their strengths and perhaps tackle some tasks and tests that they might otherwise never consider. They learned new skills and new things about themselves along the way and deserve great credit for getting involved.

“Well done also to the team in Cork ETB Youth Services who came up with the idea for this to support young boys and girls over the summer when other sporting, arts and holiday activities fell victim to Covid lockdowns and restrictions. We will need to keep innovating to ensure our young people are kept busy and focussed and youth projects and activities will be key to this.”

CETB Youth Services Manager Ruth Griffin – who along with support worker Gillian Beasley came up with the idea behind this – said they were delighted to be able to fill a gap at such a difficult time. “CETB youth services are there to assist projects, clubs and young people and this Challenge certainly captured the imagine and filled a gap in services during the summer months. The YS team in Cork ETB will continue to help projects and communities in any way possible. A new targetted funding scheme for 30 youth projects in the city and county, named UBU – Your Place, Your Space, is currently being rolled out which will underpin services to young people including teenagers in the years ahead.”

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