Meet the committee

niamh Niamh Power (Chairperson and founder of youth release) 
Niamh, originally from Waterford, Ireland, has always been heavily involved in charitable work. She chaired the Dublin City University St. Vincent de Paul Society for two years. During her time as chairperson she established a soup run for the homeless in Dublin City and worked as a youth worker with vulnerable youths. Niamh also worked abroad on volunteer projects in Ethiopia and Zambia before conceiving the idea for Youth Release.  Now a qualified Mental Health Nurse, she has dedicated herself to the project and is determined to provide for the needs of children who are marginalized in society giving them an opportunity to build a life of self-sufficiency, one where they are free to express themselves and release their potential. 

Laura Power Laura Power
(Public Relations Officer) 
Laura originally from Waterford, Ireland is a graduate of International Relations from Dublin City University, where she was heavily involved in and eventually chaired St. Vincent de Paul Society in 2007-2008. During her time as chairperson she coordinated a tutor program for disadvantaged children in North Dublin which continues to run on a weekly basis. Laura’s experience of humanitarian work has empowered the project and kept the focus grounded on the needs of people in the developing world and how to work within these communities.

David Leonard David Leonard (Media Relations) 
David Leonard from Co Meath, Ireland graduated with BAs in Business Computing and Computer Science and a MA in IT Forensics. David was actively involved in St Vincent de Paul society in DCU and has continued to work with the homeless; volunteering as part-time volunteer coordinator with Dublin Simon Community Soup Run. David has also been involved in education and construction volunteering projects in Guatemala and Tanzania. Through his back ground in computing David has made our organization global and accessible to people all over the world, and he is invaluable to our organization.

Our Ethiopian Partner

HCS HCS   Youth Release works in partnership with the HCS a locally based organization in Dire Dawa Ethiopia. The aim of the HCS is to design programs that are focused on the alleviation of poverty by promoting food security and strengthening social services. They have been actively involved in the implementation of humanitarian emergency and long term development programs in Eastern part of Ethiopia through active support from its partners.

The HCS focuses on people-centred programs that have achieved a great deal in terms of saving lives and livelihoods, rehabilitation and sustainable development. The HCS works in partnership with a number of international organizations including; CRS, Caritas, The European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office, Trocaire, UN OCHA, OFDA, Water Aid, RAIN Foundation but to name a few. To see the complete list and find out more see

Who We Are

Dire Dawa, Ethiopia Youth Release is an Irish organization that was established in 2007...
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What we do

Who we work with Youth Release is currently working with a local partner in Ethiopia with disadvantaged youths ...more >>