Welcome to the website of Young Hearts & Minds. If you are a parent or a teacher, nurse or doctor, youth leader or social worker, or anyone else responsible for, or involved with, children and young people, then I invite you to attend this unique, two-day event.
From the moment a child is conceived, they are on a rollercoaster ride of experiences and circumstances which will shape their future, both positively and negatively.
Our children are living in the most intensely stimulating period in the history of humankind. They are besieged with information and calls for attention from many platforms; computers, smart phones, advertising hoardings, and hundreds of tv channels. There are more opportunities than ever before, particularly for engagement through social media, which can be both good and bad.
You may well be in a position to have a profound impact upon the resulting ‘mature adult’ and the greater your understanding of what is going on, the more likely that your influence will help them to arrive healthy, happy and safe.
When the rollercoaster of life is at the top, we can help you and them to enjoy it and when it is at the bottom, we can give you hope.
We intend to ‘grab the headlines’ and create a ‘buzz’, but it is important to acknowledge, thank and pay tribute to the many thousands of compassionate, ‘unsung heroes’ in Northern Ireland who have been, and are, working tirelessly and selflessly towards helping young people in many ways over many years.
Our initiative must not ‘steal their limelight’ or take away from what is already happening so strongly ‘on the ground’. It should complement, encourage and enhance it.
We want to ‘spread the word’ to as many people as possible, so attendance fees are very modest. Book your place now.