To unlock potential in a safe learning environment and to encourage development of personal well-being, abilities and interests.


Youthreach Sligo is a Centre of Education for early school leavers, who want to re-enter the education system. The centre caters for 40 learners ( both boys & girls ) at a time, in the age range 15 – 20. Learners from 16 upwards are eligible for a training allowance. The centre offers a number of programmes, including Leaving Cert Applied and a General Education Programme certified through QQI at levels Two and Three. The centre has a big emphasis on Personal Development and is engaged in the Special Education Needs Initiative led by Dr. Mary Gordon ( NEPS ). There is also a big emphasis on literacy with a well equipped library, full of books and 5 computer terminals. 1 to 1 literacy support is available, and the centre carries out a drop everything and read ( DEAR ) programme, as well as hosting a poetry day each year and producing a poetry book as part of this initiative.

What we offer

The type of subjects offered in the centre are; Metalwork, Woodwork, Home Economics, Art & Craft, Computers, Sport, English, Maths, Personal Development, C.S.P.E., S.P.H.E, Career Guidance and Counselling, Music and film making.

The centre facilities include a fully equipped woodwork and metalwork room, a kitchen, computer room, art room, classroom, gym and library. The centre gets involved in many activities throughout the year such as football matches, outdoor pursuits, trips abroad, film making, recording music, fishing and parade work. Visit our web site for pictures of some of these activities, and to meet the staff.

Our Funders

Current News:

From time to time, we will be posting about events and activities happening in the centre.
Keep an eye on this section to keep up to date with everything.

News and Events

Girls 4 a side soccer event

Girls 4 a side soccer event....

Trip to Titanic Centre Belfast

Trip to Titanic Centre Belfast...

Ultan with 2 past pupils celebrating 30 years of Youthreach

Ultan with 2 past pupils celebrating 30 years of Youthreach...


To provide a positive and creative experience within a safe healthy and supportive environment.


To offer young people opportunity by nurturing individualism, encouraging responsibility and respect for themselves and others.


To inspire and unlock potential by providing quality innovative programmes within national accreditation.

our Teachers

  • Karl Burthom

    Karl Burthom, Resource Person, Youthreach. I have worked in Youthreach Sligo since 2010. I am a musician, largely self taught, who enjoys teaching music. I remember what it was like...

  • Ultan Mulvihill

    Ultan Mulvihill B.( Tech ) Ed. Hons. Postgraduate Diploma in Learning support. I joined Youthreach Sligo as a staff member in May 1989 and became co-ordinator in June 1990. I...

  • Yvonne McCann

    Yvonne Mc Cann started work in Youthreach in January 2020 as office administrator. When people describe me, “helpful and friendly” is often the first response, followed by efficient and organised....

  • Sinead McLoughlin & Judith Keyes

    Sinead McLoughlin (B.A, M.A in Special Ed) and Judith Keyes (B.A, H.Dip) teach LCA English & Communications together in Youthreach. We encourage, motivate and support our learners within a fun...

  • Phill Corcoran

    I’m Phill my role in Youthreach is Counselling. The foundation of my work is Person Centered. I provide the learners with a supportive non-judgmental environment whilst helping them achieve personal...

  • Maria Magill

    Maria Magill – Home Economics Teacher...

  • Eileen Ryan

    Home economics teacher teaching Hotel Catering and Tourism , Vocational Preparation and Guidance and I.T. Been teaching in Sligo Youthreach since 1990 and am now teaching the second generation!...

  • Damian Beirne

    Woodwork tutor, with a background in woodworking industrial management, (B.Sc.mgt), Damian taught in both D.I.T. 'School of Trades, Bolton Street and D.I.T. 'College of Marketing & Design, Mount Joy Square....

  • Eamon Kelly

    I am lucky enough to have worked in Youthreach Sligo since October 2006.I currently teach courses based in Maths, Physical Education and Social Education. I have learned a lot from...

  • Ann Gallagher

    Ann started teaching Information and Communication Technology in Youthreach in 2003. A Computing graduate, she also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Studies from Trinity College Dublin. She is an...