Hello and thanks for visiting our website. We have developed it in an effort to help friends, supporters and all who are interested in what we are doing in our projects at Youth Initiatives. YI has been working hard since 1991 to deliver quality youth programmes to thousands, that make a life changing difference.
I hope that in these pages you'll find something that sparks your interest in YI. You will also find various ways in which you can support our work. Please feel free to contact us for more information about Youth Initiatives and our youth work, I hope you enjoy our YI Website.
Doug Smith - YI Director
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Come along to a creative twist on well-know classis presented by the NUTS 11-14s project in a dramatic and humorous exhibition of the young people's talents.
From Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th August the Youth Initiatives Digging Deeper Camp will take place at Ganaway Activity Centre, Millisle. This year we have two Guest speakers Dan DeMatte from the USA along with his family and Jonny Ewan a home grown guy who previously worked for YI Downpatrick. Camp is open to 11 year olds and up and also families. A range of accomodation is available - £95 outdoor (tents) and £135 indoor
WATCH THE CAMP PROMO HERE - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WswrrPqG1qo
We are in the midst of our final week of Life Summer Schemes. Running in 6 areas - Downpatrick, Banbridge, East Belfast, Poleglass, Twinbrook and Lagmore we have reached out to and are working with over 300 young people. This years theme has been DIVE DEEP which has challenged young people to dive deep into what summer schemes are about - having fun, making new friends, growing in confidence and experiencing a little taste of the YI youth work model.
WATCH HERE FOR A TASTER FROM WEEK 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np5CkzNMpSQ
On 11 June 2013, 3.30pm we celebrated the Official Opening of our new YI Regional Headquarters and West Belfast Project Centre! Thank you to all who came and who contniue to support the work of Youth Initiatives.
The project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland & other trusts and supporters.
Our Downpatrick LIFE Summer Scheme is now confirmed to take place at St Mary's High School.
The first day of summer schemes is Monday 15th July. It is open to children aged 11-14. To sign up, the young person registers on the first day of summer schemes at 10.15am at St Mary's High School.
Click here for more details, and to see information about our LIFE summer schemes in West Belfast, East Belfast and Banbridge.
The Target project has been running for over 5 years and is aimed at males from the Colin Area aged 16 and upwards.
The Girls Project (formerly RELAY) has been running for 4 years. It is aimed at Young Women aged 14-18 years old.
Crosslinks is a cross-community, cross-cultural arts-based youth project that seeks to break down barriers and address misconceptions.
N.U.T.S stands for Never Under-estimate Teen spirit. This project is for 11-14s and runs in West & East Belfast. Come along for creative arts, learning something new, community service projects and lots of banter.
Funded by Lisburn Peace III Phase II, the Youth
Engagement Programme (YEP) reaches out and
engages young people from isolated, religiously
polarised areas and create the basis for meaningful
cross community contact.
Lifeline runs in East & West Belfast for 14-18s. It's an activities night once a week plus mentoring, life skills, sports and volunteering opportunities.
Lifeline is part of the Second Chance Project funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Lifeline Downpatrick has been on the go since 2007 thanks to a grant from the International Fund for Ireland.
Trevor Mc Daid and Heather Torney run Youth Initiatives' outreach youthwork in the Banbridge Area.
YI currently has over 90 Youth Volunteers helping to deliver our programmes in East Belfast, West Belfast, Banbridge and Downpatrick
Our Faith Development team work with schools and parishes in the Colin area assisting with the delivery of religious education and spiritual growth. It is a means for some of our volunteers to share their faith with others through small groups and special events.
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