YouthBank is a unique initiative for young people to become change makers in their local community. It is an all-island of Ireland programme that creates grant-making committees run by young people. These committees support projects designed and run by other young people to address issues and concerns relevant to them and their community. Through the Our Generation programme, young people will focus on emotional resilience and peace building.
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:
The YouthBank experience provides young people with the opportunity to become valued and empowered in their local community; they can be leaders in local development and a source of positive change. They are encouraged to do their thing and be respected for it.
Each programme involves approximately 15 young people who receive training in how to run a YouthBank and are supported through the process by youth workers. This involves advertising and disseminating funds through a grant-making process to other young people and community groups, which can include up to another 200-250 young people, who will attain recognition and validation for their community engagement.
Whether young people are funding the purchase of team football jerseys or a youth-led mental health awareness day – this programme empowers youth to create change and support each other to create the kind of community they want and need.
For more information contact a member of the Our Generation team.