Name: Anton

Age: 14

Location: Naas, Co Kildare

Programme: Garda Youth Diversion Project

“Going to Roscor Youth Village has undoubtedly been one of the highlights of my Extern journey. Over the summer, I got to take part in a wide variety of outdoor activities and team-building exercises with other young people from similar backgrounds to myself.

It proved to be a very positive experience for me as I was able to really challenge myself and discover things about myself that I didn't know before. The staff were so caring and helpful too.

I’d been working with Extern for over a year and a half after I was referred to them by the Juvenile Liaison Officer, following a caution. I had been having some issues with things like my concentration, and this was affecting my behavior in school.

I was also under the influence of an older peer group. Extern’s programme in the GYDP has been a great help to me, as it’s allowed me to reflect on my behaviour, and think before I act. There has definitely been an improvement in my behaviour, and this is because I have been given the guidance to reflect on the consequences of my actions.

For anyone who is coming to Extern for the first time, I would say that it’s great to have the support that they offer, as it really helped me to focus on my education.”

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