The Irish Youth Foundation and Youth Work Ireland are delighted to officially announce that Youth Work Ireland is now the new home for YouthBank Ireland. Together, we are committed to continuing high standards of youth-led grant making and will continue to work closely with all our partners in achieving this.
The board of the Irish Youth Foundation made a decision to transition the programme in order to provide a more suited environment to help youth-led grant making reach its potential on the island of Ireland. We are jointly working to exploring new avenues for investment and sponsorship in order to offer more young people the opportunity to gain essential skills for life whilst giving back to their communities.
A YouthBank is a unique way of involving young people in grant-making within their local community. It is an all-island of Ireland initiative of over 25 grant-making committees run by young people. The funding distributed by these decision-making committees supports projects designed and run by young people that address issues and concerns relevant to them and their community.
YouthBank is not just about giving out grants, it is a personal development programme, which will build young people's self-esteem and confidence and provide them with an opportunity to learn new skills in leadership, team-work, decision-making, problem-solving, communication, empathy development, negotiation, report-writing, presentation skills, event management, interview skills and lots, lots more. Find out more about YouthBank at www.youthbank.org/default.asp