4 Corners Festival Weekly Feature on Faith Activism — Youth Link

peacebuilderThis week’s featured organisation from the 4 Corners Networking events is Youth Link. Over my years lecturing on the Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin at Belfast, we have had several students who were employees or involved with Youth Link and they always added much insight and energy to class.

The description below was provided by Joe McKeown, Community Relations Training and Development Officer.

Youth Link

Contact – Joe McKeown,  joe@youthlink.org.uk

Youth Link has been working with young people and adults from the Four Corners of Belfast since 1991. Over the years Youth Link staff have used a range of youth work and community relations approaches to engage with the community in a meaningful way. Thousands of young people/adults have been trained in this time and they are now putting their skills into action in their respective communities/groups.

Youth Link: NI is the inter-church youth service for Northern Ireland.  It was established by the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in 1991. Youth Link exists to provide support and training for youth workers and community relations experiences for young people.

Central to Youth Link is the Christian faith which commits us to:

  • The personal, social and spiritual development of young people
  • Encourage and support leaders in their personal and professional development;
  • Developing effective and strategic partnerships;
  • Building relationships that enable healing in the lives of individuals and communities within a diverse society;
  • Fairness in provision of service;
  • Integrity and accountability in all aspects of our work.

Youth Link’s vision is of Churches working together to develop excellence in youth work and ministry, enabling young people and youth practitioners to be agents of transformation in a divided society.  Youth Link’s mission is to work together to:

  • Provide excellence in all aspects of youth work and leadership training;
  • Encourage and equip young people to participate in Church and society and in the building of a shared future;
  • Collaborate with Church bodies, youth organisations and all sectors with responsibility for young people;
  • Facilitate strategies for the development of youth ministry within the Churches;
  • Integrate equity, diversity and interdependence into all aspects of policy and practice in youth work and ministry

(Image from Youth Link Facebook page)

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