Hello. My name is Jannatul Ferdous Alam. I’m originally from Bangladesh, a beautiful country in South Asia with a population of over 160million.
Two years ago my family and I settled in Limerick City. My family consist of my parents and five younger sisters, so my household is a very busy and happy place to be.
Not long after settling in Limerick I enrolled with Limerick Youth Service (LYS) where I started with the Catering Course before transferring to the Retail Skills Course at their Community Training Centre (CTC).
During my time there I have learned about so many thing such as computers, art, retailing, cooking , culture and more. It was a great experience.
I am also a member of LYS’ D.A.Y Group which stands for Diversity & Youth. The group is made up of young people from different countries such as Nigeria, Sudan, Syria, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago and of course Bangladesh.
The group was set up to allow migrant young people to meet each other, get to know our new home and improve our English- some of us even have Limerick accents! This amazing group meets every week at LYS and we absolutely love it!
With D.A.Y I have visited many parts of Ireland and even took part in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. I really enjoyed this and now know everything you need to know about leprechauns!
During the summer we took part in many activities and trips with both D.A.Y and the CTC- yes I’m spoiled!
We have been to Tayto Park- which was great fun and also walked on the beach in Salthill where we dipped our toes in the beautiful Galway Bay.
We also visited the famous Thomond Park which was a great experience- I think I was the first Bangladeshi to score a try at home of Munster rugby!
I can’t tell you how much it means to be involved with LYS. It has changed my life and encouraged me to be part of the wider community. I see a great life for me and family in Limerick and Ireland.
LYS has opened so many doors for me and I know with a little bit of hard work I can achieve my dreams. I want to be a beautician and I know this will happen with the help of all involved in LYS.
Jannatul has now enrolled in a new Digital Arts course at LYS’ Community Training Centre which is located at 5 Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick and supported by the Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board.
LYS’ Diversity & Youth Group is funded by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs.
A member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS remains committed to connecting with and supporting young people to reach their full potential.