Youth Initiatives

Youth Initiatives

Charity information

Youth Initiatives

Youth Initiatives builds vibrant youth communities with hard-to-reach 11-25 yr olds in East & West Belfast, Downpatrick, Derry/Londonderry, Banbridge and Lisburn through street outreach, creative arts & youth leadership training

Founded 1991

  • Mission statement

    Youth Initiatives aims to awaken hope, inspire initiative and mobilise young people to make a vital contribution to their community and to a share future in Northern Ireland through the discovery and renewal of Christian faith in daily life.
    Our outreach youthwork targets those least likely to access but most in need of informal education and support.

    Youth Initiatives specialises in reaching out to 11-25 year olds at risk of engaging in criminality and dropping out of education. Since 1991, YI has been working closely with hundreds of young people aged 11-18 in West Belfast and has developed into a youthwork charity with 35 paid staff, 11 interns and 120 youth volunteers (16-25 yr olds) working in some of Northern Ireland most deprived housing estates in East & West Belfast, Banbridge, Downpatrick and Derry/Londonderry.

  • Aims

    Youth Initiatives aims to:

    • empower young people to realise their contribution to society through the challenge of responsibility & teamwork
    • encourage cross-community cooperation, and understanding
    • equip youth leaders for effective youthwork
    • be an instrument for spiritual renewal among young people
  • Overview

    Established: February 1991

    Board members: 4

    Full time staff: 23

    Part time staff: 10

    Volunteers: 120

    Phone number: 02890301174

    Address: 50 Colin RoadBelfast BT17 0LG

  • "Home-From-Home": Developing Youth Community Hubs

    Youth Initiative's Home from Home project aims to create Youth Community Hubs for at-risk ... More