The USDT Youth Team was created in November 2011 as a result of the amalgamation of the ‘Training for Life’ and the ‘Intervention’ projects. The project works with young people aged 11 to 25 from the Upper Springfield area who experience marginalisation, who don’t avail of mainstream youth service provision or those with specific targeted social, health, educational and training needs. The project employs a ‘needs’ led and outcome driven community youth work approach, which affirms the voluntary, emancipatory and democratic nature of the relationship between youth worker and young person. The USDT youth team believes that effective work with children and young people can only be achieved with their full and active participation and the full realisation of their rights.
The ‘Youth Team’ works for the social inclusion of marginalised young people from the Upper Springfield area by supporting and enhancing their rights, participation, education, health and well-being.