The Youth Aftercare Support Service (YASS) is a non-residential day service working with young people who have lived in care. The service is based in The Wellington Centre, Dublin 7. The aim of YASS is to move young people transitioning through care to live as independently as possible and to equip those young people with the skills to sustain their independence. YASS offers the young people a variety of options, inclusive of a wide range of sports, literacy, individual tutoring and life skills.
In a caring and supportive environment, programmes are delivered that will empower young people to take an active role in deciding their options. Activities are focused on outcomes connected to a young person’s plan for leaving care.
All young people give a commitment to attend the service according to their identified needs and goals. All young people are provided with structure, support and advocacy. Every young person is assigned a link worker to assist and develop strategies for ongoing support and development. This will include family support elements. Active participation is a targeted outcome for all young people who avail of our services. We offer young people programmes of support to support them to address drug/alcohol/ gambling addiction issues.
In early 2014, YASS merged with the Ranelagh Road Residential Aftercare Unit. A review of how these services can be extended to further to target those who are marginalised or need of support will be undertaken in 2014.
Empowering the young care leaver in securing a positive future.
26 Upper Wellington Street Dublin 7.
Our Garda Youth Diversion Projects are part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.