Bolster Community is excited to launch a brand-new Youth Leadership Project in 2021.

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

Right now, we are seeking girls and boys from Year 10 & 11 to step up to the challenge and join us on this inspirational leadership scheme. We are seeking to recruit diverse, young people from different traditions, cultural backgrounds and opinions to actively engage and to build personal and collective strengths. 

The project will consist 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. We’ll also go on awesome free residential weekend in Fermanagh where you 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 will 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 will involve both online and in-person workshops (restrictions permitting) and will include 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.