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United Youth Programme

The United Youth Programme is a headline commitment within the NI Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy

Project Description

A framework for the delivery of the United Youth Programme, reflecting the T:BUC strategy priorities, has been developed by the Department for the Economy via a co-design methodology involving a wide range of stakeholders.  The cross-border, PEACE IV funded Peace4Youth programme is aligned with the vision and objectives of United Youth as set out in the strategy and framework.

Peace4Youth is a multi-outcome programme that supports participants to develop capabilities in the areas of personal development, good relations and citizenship, ultimately enhancing their employability and improving their life chances.  Some 7,400 young people will take part in Peace4Youth up to 2021.

The programme targets young people aged 14-24 years, who are disadvantaged, excluded or marginalised, have deep social and emotional needs, and are at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour, violence or paramilitary activity. Many of these young people will not be in education, training or employment.

Project Status

Implementation of Peace4Youth by the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB) is ongoing with almost half of the targeted number of participants having fully completed the programme by the end of 2019/20.

Lessons from United Youth/Peace4Youth are now informing the design process for the reform of Entry Level/Level 1 vocational education and training for young people in NI.

SIB Involvement

A Strategic Adviser is based with the Department for the Economy to assist with the development and delivery of United Youth/Peace4Youth and with the design of new Entry Level/Level 1 vocational education and training provision.


For further information contact:

Anne McCready, Strategic Adviser

M 07787498654 T 02890252375 E anne.mccready@sibni.org