Graduation from PEACE IV Youth Citizenship Project

Graduation from PEACE IV Youth Citizenship Project

Thirty three young people from Ballymote, Coolaney and Grange were recently engaged on a youth citizenship project. This was organised through the Youth Citizenship Programme as part of Sligo County Council's PEACE IV Action Plan, the funding for which was provided by the EU's Peace IV Programme.

The aim of this PEACE IV project was for participants to learn about the similarities and differences of their cultural background to eliminate perceptions. To build a connection between participants addressing current issues affecting today’s youth such as negative impacts of social media, bullying, racism, sectarianism and discrimination based on class and difference.

The project was delivered by Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre over a series of workshops, which included an evening dedicated to promoting mental health and wellbeing for young people. While on the programme the participants were all brought together for a day in Dublin Zoo. The participants also organised a very successful Colour Run in Doorly Park on Easter Monday, this event was also used to raise awareness for Teen Mental Health. Upon completion participants all received a Certificate of Completion at an awards ceremony.