A programme in partnership with Youth Initiatives, Newstart Education Centre, Northern Ireland Alternatives and Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre

Strive is supported by the European Union's Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Strive receives €3,979,785.60 of Peace IV funding.

Strive

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Strive is a good relations programme for young people aged 14 to 24 led by Include Youth in partnership with Youth Initiatives, Newstart Education Centre, Northern Ireland Alternatives and Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. It is a youth led programme through our ‘Expert by Experience’ (EBE) approach, EBE’s are young people who have been through similar experiences, providing their expertise to design and deliver a programme that best meets the needs and interests of other young people. Strive is a cross community, cross cultural and cross border programme that engages young people in transformative good relations, citizenship and personal development work. This project is supported by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

To keep up to date with Strive like the Facebook page and follow Strive on Twitter @StriveProgramme

IMPORTANT CHANGES 2020 

In order to adhere to government guidelines and keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic we have adapted our programming in a number of ways.  Our main focus is on continuing to support young people at this difficult time through online platforms and over the phone.

 As a partnership we are working together to provide a fun, creative and meaningful online programme, that is youth-led and responsive to the changing needs of our participants. 

Online activity includes:

·       Daily challenges on our social media #strivedaybyday

·       Daily lockdown diaries from young people, youth workers and expert by experience volunteers #strivediaries

·       Daily positive messages #strivespiration

·       One to one mentoring support

·       Cross -site and regional activities

·       Group work focused on personal development, citizenship and good relations

Offline young people are engaging in tasks and activities set by themselves and their youth worker.

Some feedback from young people who have taken part to date:

"It is good being online with my friends, I enjoy the phone calls during the week to see how I am getting on, reminding me to get onto the zoom calls, it is excellent!"

“I have got loads of support and encouragement from the Strive team during lock down and I've got loads of respect for them"

“It’s been a way of bringing some normality to the situation because with having online we can still do some parts of our normal life like having Strive activities, talking to family and online courses etc”

 “ It keeps us up to date with everyone we cant see during the lockdown and if we didn’t have online then no one would be able to see each other eg. on facetime, skype, zoom.”

 

Locations/ Contacts

Derry/L’derry: Contact jonny@youthinitiatives.com

Co. Donegal (Lifford, Castlefinn & Milford): Contact niall@includeyouth.org

West Belfast (Colin area): Contact alex@youthinitiatives.com

West, South & City Centre Belfast: Contact j.mccomb@newstartedu.org.uk

North Belfast: Contact kelly@alternativesrj.co.uk

East Belfast: Contact Matt@youthinitiatives.com

Downpatrick: Contact molly@youthinitiatives.com

Benefits for young people who join:

One to one mentoring

Group work/team building

Meet young people from other Strive sites

Personal development sessions – big life issues

Citizenship sessions – participation in local community

Good relations sessions – exploring and engaging other communities and cultures

Opportunity to become a young leader – develop leadership skills

Gain OCN qualifications

Support to transition onto other areas