Strabane Youth Association (SYA) is a controlled Youth Centre situated on the edge of the Ballycolman Estate in Strabane. Most of the members live in this estate which has high levels of prolonged unemployment and a history of social unrest. Young people also attend from the surrounding area including Sion Mills and Ballymagorry and attend a range of local primary and secondary schools.
The age range of the 566 members is from 5 to 25 years; all age groups are well represented. The Centre reports that about 245 of those registered attend the specialist activity groups associated with SYA such as drama, football, hurling, Irish language and karate classes.
The Centre is staffed by one full-time worker, 9 part-time and 2 voluntary workers. At least 5 senior members help on a regular basis; a further 24 voluntary workers facilitate the associated activity groups.