Your Turn

A unique, challenging and fast paced 3 day educational programme which encourages leadership, raises aspirations and increases confidence.

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What is Your Turn?

A leadership programme for young people. Your Turn challenges young people to think in new ways about the place where they live and the world around them, to examine how decisions are made and see how they can make change happen.

Participants examine topical current affairs, community issues and they go into professional environments; to provide consultation advice to businesses and to ask hard hitting questions of community leaders. It is a unique, challenging and fast paced course which raises aspirations, increases confidence and opens minds, both for the young people and adults involved.

Who is Your Turn for?

The Your Turn programme is designed for talented young leaders between 15 to 17 years old, who have already displayed their leadership in school or the community and aspire to take more of a lead in the future.

These young people may be recognised as potential leaders, not necessarily for their academic achievements but because of their initiative and enterprise.


What are the benefits of the Your Turn programme?

Participants will develop their skills through activities, discussions and visits which push them beyond their comfort zone, but within a safe and supportive environment. They must be willing to engage with a challenging course, which will require them to mix and communicate maturely with their peers and adult leaders, be willing to express opinions and challenge themselves.


What is the programme format?

The Your Turn programme consists of three days  Usually there are about 30 participants on each course from on average 8-10 local schools. It is delivered within school hours - usually 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. All of the programme days are held at local venues.


Your Turn courses are delivered in:

  • Dublin
  • Cork
  • Mid West


How can young people attend Your Turn?

Schools interested in putting forward their students for a Your Turn course should contact the Your Turn staff based in their local Common Purpose office.

"Your Turn is a great opportunity to meet new people, share views, learn how to make a difference in our community and be involved with decision making.  It also helps you learn about the way our community is run with all the rules we complain about, to ask why they were introduced and maybe influence people who can make a change."

"This programme was probably one of the most worthwhile things I've ever done"

"I enjoyed getting the chance to discuss youth issues that are usually brushed to the side and then look for solutions"

"I enjoyed the Change It Workshop the best. I learned that young people can make a difference if we go about it the right way. Having the adults to help us with this session was very beneficial"

"Such a fantastic programme. It has taught me so much more than just leadership and I've also made so many friends. Having a variety of schools was probably what made it so successful. I loved learning about people from different backgrounds and upbringings."

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