YOYO POP was developed by staff and volunteers, including artists from a range of creative disciplines of Youthwork Ireland (YWI) Midlands Mullingar in consultation with a range of interested young people, statutory, voluntary and crucially community practitioners as a response to identified needs based on three connected strands for youth potential and progression:
Youth Culture event and activity generation
Artistic & artisan creativity development and performance
Music and Service Industry experiential learning
YoYo POP will operate in a time of Covid 19 pandemic that recognizes a new normal best practice in creative development and output that includes online and blended learning and production, the inclusion of outdoor resources and facilities (under top cover - it is Ireland) and the need for socially distanced experiential learning and performance/activity environments. YoYo POP will nurture artists who are currently struggling to survive financially and whose creative output to the wider community has become stymied and unprofitable. The young practitioners will work in pods of four receiving one to one and small group artistic and tutorial supports that will allow them to develop the skills and knowledge to organise, develop and facilitate youth culture focused and community artistic and artisan activities.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.