Gateway Project


“To encourage young people to complete their education and join the working world with ability and confidence.”

The Promise of Gateway

ACT promotes “Gateway” as a vehicle which will provide innovative opportunities for young people to take further responsibility for themselves and gain particular life-skills that are not otherwise available to them. Through that child-centred, opportunity-led process, “Gateway” will strengthen their capacity to complete their education and approach the world of further education and work with confidence and enthusiasm.

The Youth Cafe

Housed within the Gateway Project is the Youth Cafe, “a place of their own”, which is run by a committee elected by the young people. They have also selected a name for the Youth Cafe “Youth Booth”

The Project

The Project has three strands, Youth , Education and Family and is managed by the Project Coordinator. A Steering Group has been established to oversee the development and implementation of the Project.

The Steering Group

The following agencies are members of the Steering Group: Athlone Community Taskforce, Foroige, HSE, School Completion Programme, LWETB, R.A.P.I.D, Westmeath Community Development, Athlone Drug Awareness, FAI, Athlone Community Radio, Athlone Community Training Centre,Midland Regional Youth Service,Youth Committee . Additional agencies will join the Steering Group in the future.

St Mary’s Hall

The hall is now open for activities following the renovation works.

Please contact Kieran Burke Education Development Worker

at 086 7234088 or e-mail