Cross community success for local young people

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Friday, December 12th, 2014
25 young people are currently involved in a cross community programme managed by JIMS Youth Centre in Kilkeel in partnership with Mourne Youth Forum (SELB Youth Service). LOHAH (Leaders of Hope and Harmony) is funded through the Reconciliation Fund with the ROI Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The programme is a very successful tool to foster good relations among young people and provides a flatform for them to engage in meaningful dialogue, promoting acceptance and respect for others, challenging stereotypes of one’s own and other communities/identities as well as developing civic leadership. Each young person has achieved an OCN Level 2 in Contentious Issues to date, supported by TIDES Training. The group recently visited Belfast for a political tour followed up with a visit to Crumlin Road jail. They will have a residential after Christmas as well as more educational visits and guest speakers planned. The New Year will see the group work on a DVD which reflects their learning and progress through the programme as well as an exploration of their identities and communities. This programme has been very successful to date and the partners hope to reach out and provide this opportunity to many more young people across Kilkeel.
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