Name of Project: Young Adult Leadership Programme (YALP)
Lead Partner: FOCUS
Grant Awarded: £121,727
Building on the success of the first phase of the Young Adult Leadership Programme (YALP), Phase 2 has created an opportunity for 50 young people aged between 12 and 19 to develop peer mentoring and leadership skills, enabling them to share and nurture the next generation of young adults in the Omagh District Council area..
Through weekly themed discussions tackling challenging topics such as racism, sectarianism, drugs and alcohol and their identity, young people have gained knowledge on issues which affect them every day. The programme has seen individuals grow in confidence, with improved levels of trust and respect for their peers, their leaders and their facilitators, decreased levels of prejudice, and a more open–minded and willing approach to new experiences.
A broad range of teambuilding activities has given the group opportunities to bond with each other, as well as enabling them to work through any differences and achieve their goals in an enjoyable way. In addition to undertaking accredited training in Peer Education, YALP participants have been sharing their skills with the older generation through their intergenerational computer classes.
One major achievement of the YALP programme has been the development of a walking tour of Omagh Town alongside the creation of a smart phone app. Our Town is an innovative and interactive guided tour, a fun, modern and interactive way of discovering how Omagh Town has been moulded and shaped by the Troubles, with the young people trained to act as Tour Guides. Not only is it informative for the participants of the tour, the young people have also learned more about their community, educating them on the past, how things have changed for the better over the years, and emphasizing how, as a society, we never want to return to the violence of the past.
The Legacy Celebration Events Programme is a project supported by the European Union's PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by the North West PEACE III Partnership of Derry City Council, Omagh District Council, and Strabane District Council.