Ballymun Youthreach which is part of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board is a community based second chance centre of education situated in Ballymun. Ballymun Youthreach opened on the 20th of October, 1991, catering for 25 students. It was originally located in the Virgin Mary School, Shangan Road. The Centre now consists of 66 students and is located in its new premises in the old Comprehensive School (senior side) beside the library on the Ballymun Road. The Centre includes a library, computer suite, woodwork room, kitchen, cosmetics studio, framing enterprise centre, art room, gym, canteen, recording studio and media studies workspace.
The Centre is open to 16 – 20 year olds, and to fifteen year olds with special dispensation from the education officer. Application forms are available in the Centre and when completed must be returned with referral forms, a copy of the students’ educational attainments and birth cert. The Centre offers a full QQI level 3 and level 4 programme as well as some subjects at level 5 including cosmetics studies. The Centre has access to a student counsellor once a week and in addition to its academic programme also offers boxing, outdoor pursuits and football throughout the year and a full summer project for the month of July. There is also an annual history trip to Europe every June since 2009.
Ballymun Youthreach was a pilot centre for the Centre Development Plan which is part of the national Quality Framework Initiative. The Centre has also completed an Internal Centre Evaluation every year since 2005. All staff in the Centre strive to deliver a holistic approach while delivering comprehensive academic programmes. All students enjoy full participation in all Centre activities and their interests are represented by an elected students’ council.