Over 40 students from the University of Notre Dame will begin transforming a disused part of an inner city complex into a youth centre on Saturday, 9th November, 2013. The University students from the United States, working in partnership with Localise, the youth and community development organisation, will create a new youth centre for 10-15 year-olds in the south inner city. The centre is located at the Sophia Housing unit on 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8.
The Notre Dame students have obtained materials and supplies for the project from their alumni while designers Emily Westbrooks and Alex Carberry have volunteered their time and expertise to the project. Two disused offices will be transformed into one youth space, providing a safe nurturing environment for local teenagers.
Sophia Housing Association, which is providing the space for the youth centre at its Cork Street facility, is a national social housing organisation supporting the needs of homeless people around the country. The organisation helps hundreds of people on the margins of society, providing good quality affordable housing, quality education, support services and a nurturing environment.