YouthPact: Young people have their say
Young People Have Their Say
Young people from across Northern Ireland joined counterparts from the the border counties of Ireland in The Junction, Dungannon recently to give their views on being part of the €37million EU PEACE IV funded Peace4Youth Programme, managed by the SEUPB
The YouthPact organised Young Voices event was attended by over fifty 14-24 year olds representing the 1,700 young people that have taken part in the programme to date.
Among those sharing their experience and helping to shape the direction of the Peace4Youth Programme for the 5,000 young people that are expected to follow in their footsteps were NIYF worker Cormac O'Neill and Kirsty Toner and David Collins participants in the Amplify Peace4Youth project.
Speaking to RadioYNP.com that was broadcasting from the event, Kirsty Toner from the Amplify Peace4Youth project, said "It's good to be on the programme. It pulls you out of your comfort zone whether you know it or not. It builds your confidence. It's just amazing meeting people from your own area that I didn't know and getting to know people from other communities".
Joe Hawkins from the event organisers, YouthPact, said, "The purpose of this Young Voices event was to create the space young people to come together, share their experience and have their say on the personal development, good relations and citizenship initiatives that they have been involved in for the past 6-9 months.
“It was also about recognising and celebrating the difference that the Peace4Youth has made to them and their communities. We see young people as partners in the Programme and we want to learn from them, so today's event was also about us listening to their voice, collecting that and using it to influence how the Programme progresses over the next three years."
Match-funding for the programme has been provided by the Northern Ireland Executive and the Department for Children and Youth Affairs in Ireland.