CLG An Tearmainn took on the first Dermot Early Youth Leadership Initiative (DEYLI), in the club’s history, and the only one in Donegal in 2021, back in February this year. The Initiative takes its name from one of Ireland’s most inspirational leaders and one of Gaelic games most iconic proponents, Dermot Earley (1948- 2010). It is a tribute to Dermot’s lifetime of sporting and professional achievements and his commitment to community service is brought to life through a partnership between GAA, Foróige, and NUI Galway. The programme empowers young people to enhance their leadership capabilities to better enable them to reach their full potential and have a positive impact on the world around them. DEYLI has seen over 600 young GAA members (aged 15-18) complete the yearlong programme, gaining from NUIG a FETAC level 6 third level qualification in Youth Leadership and Community Action for their efforts. This unique programme evokes and honours the values Dermot Earley epitomised and is designed to foster them in a new generation of young Irish leaders. The programme comprises of three modules, two of which are facilitated, and one is undertaken by the young people independently.
Two volunteers from within the Termon Club got trained up as tutors – Amanda Quinn, a secondary school teacher and Sinead Gibson, a teacher in a local Gaelscoil. Both Ladies took on the programme in February, doing the meetings via zoom each Thursday evening. in the last of the three modules participants go out and do something that involves their communities or will impact on them. The group met at the beginning of this final module to discuss their projects and how they planned to carry them out. The tutors are on hand to help and advise where needed. The projects vary in what is being done, but there are virtual 5k’s for charity as well as a breakfast morning. Work with the elderly/ vulnerable in the community is also being delivered, as well as a whole host of other activities. The club is so proud of everyone, on how they have carried out their tasks both online and now working on their own or in pairs, with some fantastic ideas coming from these young people. We would urge anyone who can, to support these young men and women to get their projects completed and ultimately help them gain a level 6 qualification from NUIG later on in the year.
One of the projects, from two girls from Naomh Mhuire, Conmhaigh, is a virtual 5k, which can be done anywhere at anytime, and donations being made to Jigsaw, the young peoples mental health group. All support of this would be greatly appreciated. There is a link to donate etc are on the St Mary’s, Convoy Facebook page.