YMCA programme to ‘m-power’ youth

Victoria McGookin, m-power project worker, Geraldine Stinton, m-power project coordinator and Joy McNally, general secretary, Larne YMCA.
Victoria McGookin, m-power project worker, Geraldine Stinton, m-power project coordinator and Joy McNally, general secretary, Larne YMCA.

A new programme is being offered at Larne YMCA to enable young people to make “positive changes in their lives”.

The ‘m-power’ youth project is being offered to those aged between 14 and 24 years.

Geraldine Stinton, m-power project co-ordinator, said: “m-power youth project enables young people to make positive changes in their lives and the lives of others.

“Young people involved on the project will have opportunities to make new friends, enjoy new experiences, develop confidence and gain qualifications.

“We focus on achievement and learning for life, empowering young people now and into their future.”

The programme runs for 26 weeks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 10.00 am-2.00 pm at Larne YMCA.

Project worker Vicki McGookin explained: “We will engage in a range of activities that are young person led, such as outdoor learning, citizenship and good relations activities and each young person will have the opportunity to attend up to three residentials at Greenhill YMCA in Newcastle, County Down.

“Young people will develop a sense of who they are and hopefully increase in self-esteem and decision making skills. We will learn essential skills such as cooking and money matters.

“m-power is directed towards youth aged 14 to 24. The project can be delivered in schools for school-aged youth, 14-16, or in a community group setting, aged 17-24. We are currently recruiting for our first community group to be held at Larne YMCA.”

For further information, Vicki can be contacted at Larne YMCA or by ringing 07391417184

The project is funded under the Children and Young People’s objective of the PEACE IV Programme and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.

It has been operating successfully in Carrickfergus since January 2018.