For the most part, the local youth are very familiar with Ballinglen, having participated in Schools Programmes and workshops as children. Youth Arts has been developed to provide continuity for them as they grow up and start leaving formal art class settings. Both of these projects had recognisable, measurable outcomes for them during this challenging COVID -19 year. We connected to provide opportunities for creative thinking, working with adults/artists, making and mixing with friends. Their willingness to participate and contribute increased as time went on. We have the basis for a cohesive group with which we hope to continue to work. The feedback showed us the real need among the participants for creative engagement despite the resistance to the online medium of zoom. It 'gave them a reason to get up on a Tuesday morning.’