Friends Forever Europe
In 2010, Friends Forever International opened its sister organization in Belfast, Northern Ireland with a focus on re-engaging graduates from our Northern Ireland program and coordinating our existing partnerships in the region.
The mission of our European branch is as follows:
To re-engage the over 1,200 graduates of our Northern Ireland program with our current programs and volunteer opportunities across the region. Our Alumni Reconciliation program is geared toward reconnecting alumni, providing mentoring to younger Friends Forever International participants and leveraging their personal and professional skills to lead service projects both large and small that unite Protestants and Catholics.
To continue our innovative programs in the communities we currently work, as well as targeting new ones that can benefit from our work.
To raise our international profile and create opportunities for U.S. individuals, foundations and businesses with an interest in a stable Northern Ireland to support our mission.
Julie Tosh, Administrator/Bookkeeper
Friends Forever Europe Local Giving
World Peace...Grown Locally
FFI Europe's principle purpose is to promote cross-community work through youth-focused programming. Through volunteer service projects and intensive communication and collaboration activities, FFI inspires a new generation of youth leaders to be confident and empowered ambassadors for peace in their own families, schools, and communities. Youth participants and adult educators from all over Northern Ireland are the direct beneficiaries of FFI's work. Secondary
Our impact on the community
Each year we directly serve 40 cross-community youth in our intense leadership program. However, these 40 youth, in turn, impact hundreds more with volunteer projects that focus on all members of society. Your support will assist in these projects!
Josh is a graduate of our Northern Ireland Program. In the summer of 2008, Josh spent two weeks at our host community in New England, where he learned to look beyond exterior appearances and get to know people across cultural boundaries. After returning to Northern Ireland, Josh continued to expand his worldview through volunteering and college.
Friends Forever International chose to award Josh with the 2017 Robert Raiche Award for his commitment to making the world a more welcoming place and for demonstrating continual willingness to learn and teach others. As part of his Fellowship, Josh will be interned at the FFI Headquarters in Durham, NH. During this time, Josh met with local community members and assisted with program development.
In April 2018, Josh participated in the first-ever Alumni-Training Program which took place in New Orleans. Since returning home from this program, Josh has continued to work alongside other alumni of our Northern Ireland program to build the FFI alumni movement in Europe.
Paul Cain, a graduate from our Northern Ireland program, participated in the 2008 Life Raft hosted by our New England U.S. Host Community. After participating in the Friends Forever International program, he was inspired to volunteer in his own community. Paul continued to volunteer throughout high school and went on to study a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with Business at Queen’s University, Belfast.
After graduation in 2014, he spent time teaching English as a Foreign Language in both the Czech Republic and Italy. In 2015, FFI chose to award Paul with the 2015 Robert Raiche Fellowship for his outstanding leadership in community service, his strong demonstration of global consciousness, and his commitment to bettering the lives of others. As part of the fellowship, he received a scholarship to raise awareness and volunteer at the FFI Headquarters, in Durham, NH. In December 2017, Paul was selected to be a board member of Friends Forever Europe, and in March 2018, he was part of the first ever alumni program in New Orleans.
In December 2018, Paul graduated from Ulster University with a Master’s degree in Sport Management and is actively seeking employment in the sporting industry.
Jessica is a graduate of the 2014 Northern Ireland Program and spent 2 weeks with the New England host community. Once she returned home, Jessica continued to be engaged in volunteer work and giving back to her community through the Scotch Street Youth Club.
Since her first-year program, Jessica has continued to remain involved with FFI's work. In April 2018, she participated in the first-ever Alumni-Training Program which took place in New Orleans. Since returning home from this program, Jessica has continued to work alongside other alumni of our Northern Ireland program to build the FFI alumni movement in Europe.