A Co-operation Ireland led programme aimed at building relationships between young people in New Jersey has been praised by academics from one of the United States’ oldest colleges.

Rutgers University, based in New Jersey, carried out an evaluation on the Cross Community Engagement Pilot Project that saw Co-operation Ireland project managers Dr Alan Largey and Barry Fennell support locally based leaders working with the Latino and African American communities in Jersey City.

The scheme, delivered in conjunction with the Global Peace Foundation and the United States Administration of Children and Families, provided an opportunity for young people with different background to meet one another and develop relationships.

The project drew on Alan and Barry’s work in Belfast and the evaluation stated that the feedback from participants was “consistency positive”. It went on to say that there were “many strengths and few limitations” with both facilitators and participants adding it was “worthwhile and meaningful in the community.”

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