The participants of the Reaching Them Young Project managed by Opportunity Youth, celebrated their success in a special event last night held in
The project was aimed at young people aged 11-21 who feel socially isolated or excluded from their communities and who are at risk of, or engaged in offending. It aims to help reintegrate them back into their communities through individually tailored plans, mentoring, training and family support.
During the 2-year project, in East/West/North Belfast and the Creggan/Fountain areas of
The International Fund for
Speaking at the event, Anne Henderson, Board Member of the International Fund for
“The young people who have stepped up this evening to showcase their talents are an inspiration to us all. They have moved from having few options nor qualifications and maybe living on the fringes of society, to turning their lives around, gaining self esteem, qualifications and importantly the confidence to reintegrate into their communities and follow their dreams and aspirations. I would like to congratulate each and everyone of them.”
During its final phase Reaching Them Young used art as a medium to explore conflict and reconciliation with a number of young people as part of their mentoring support service. The artwork was displayed at the celebration event.
Nick Garbutt, Chairman of Opportunity Youth commented: “All young people deserve to have the opportunity to make the most of their lives. In the past two years we have helped 270 youngsters to do just that and tonight is all about celebrating their success. We are very grateful for the support of the International Fund for
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