Alternative Learning Programme (ALP)
ALP is for second level students who are under the age of 16 and are not attending school.
We offer an eight week programme to try and help the young person return to education.
ALP is a small and relaxed learning environment. Participants work on a variety of projects including Literacy, Numeracy, Stem, Art and craft.
Young people are usually referred to ALP by the Educational Welfare Service, Parents/Guardians or School.
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We work with
young people who are in/have: Junior Cycle Left School Early Not in education, employment or training
How we support Young People
ALP has a DDLETB Teacher and a Crosscare Youth worker. The Teacher delivers all project work and supports the young person’s learning. The Crosscare Youth worker links the young person with any outside supports/agencies and connects with the school and family of each young person on the programme.
How you can connect with us
Young people are typically referred to ALP by an Educational Welfare Officer, Parents/ Guardian or School.
Where to next?
ALP works to help and encourage all young people to return to school or other suitable educational setting e.g. Youthreach or Community Training Centre
ALP supports all young people on the programme to access further educational opportunities e.g. Back to school, Community Training Centres/ or Youthreach
How our service is different because of Covid
During the covid pandemic ALP supported young people through online learning and by sending home materials for project work. Our youth worker maintained regular contact throughout lockdown. When we were able to return to our building we worked in smaller groups and for a reduced time to accommodate all young people referred to the programme.