Youth Up Front a Youth Leadership Project delivered by Bolster Community in 2021.

Youth Upfront a Peace IV-funded project for children aged 13-15 across the entire area of Newry, Mourne & Down complete an innovative, cross-community programme between February and July.

The project consisted of 4 workshops and interactive seminars with guest facilitators and experts and will culminate with a community-based event led by the participants themselves, with a focus on helping understand developmental leadership. The programme finale will bring the young people together where they can meet people from other districts, learn essential leadership skills and challenge yourself with plenty of team-building exercises.

Youth Up Front aims enhance the capacity of children and young people to form positive and effective relationships with others of a different background, reach their potential and make positive contributions to community development.

The programme will help build positive futures for those with the potential to be leaders in their community, providing them with a support structure to address personal and social challenges in their lives.

In particular, the programme was designed to bring about change in the form of clear, meaningful and sustainable “distance travelled” for each participant, in terms of good relations, personal development and citizenship. Each participant will gain or enhance existing leadership skills to enable organisation of an event from start to finish, working together with people from different backgrounds and different areas.

The project incorporated both online and in-person workshops and included themes such as:

  • Exploring Leadership – Understanding Traits and Types of Leadership
  • Exploring Differences & Finding Common Ground
  • Physical & Mental Wellness
  • Exploring Relationships
  • Resilience & Mental Toughness
  • Building Confidence and Self Esteem.