Foróige launches research into Big Brother Big Sister Garda Youth Diversion Project Pilot

foroigeadmin July 4, 2018

This week Foróige launched the findings of research into the Big Brother Big Sister Garda Youth Diversion Project Pilot, in the Alex hotel, Dublin.

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD launched the report for Foróige. He said “This research shows the potential life changing impact that the volunteers can have.”

Colette Quinn, Chief Superintendent at An Garda Síochána, also spoke at today’s launch. She said “I am a big fan of mentoring... I know it works..”

Among the key findings of the report were:

  • BBBS-GYDP was well-received by all stakeholders and was seen to bring benefits to young people in a range of areas.
  • The mentoring model complements the work of GYDPs. 
  • BBBS-GYDP was well implemented, in line with best practice in youth mentoring. 
  • Key challenges included the ongoing recruitment of suitable mentors, particularly male.
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