Current Europe/UK Teams

 

On this page, you can find all the information about our current teams! Europe/UK Program teams complete their Skill Building Phases in the Summer and Fall of each year. Their Community Building Phases end in the early months of the following year. Use the menu to the left to navigate between the teams!

2018-19 Teams

Eth12: Scotch Street Youth Club/Oasis Youth Club
Community Building Phase
Jan 10: Community Building Plan
The team met after a holiday break to begin planning their Social Action Project. There was time for reflection on the skills they learned during the Skill Building Phase which led to meaningful conversation about how they can use those skills to help others.
Nov 22: First Meeting Back
Team Eth12 met for the first time after the Skill Building Phase to sign their Holiday Cards, catch up and reflect on the trip, and discuss plans for their Community Building Phase and Social Action Project.
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Skill Building Phase
Scotch Street Youth Club
Founded:

2008

Neighborhood:

Scotch Street, Portadown, Northern Ireland

 

Mission:

To provide young people with a safe and challenging environment and opportunities which nurture their character, beliefs, and ability to build meaningful lifestyles.

 

Community Demographics:

Scotch Street is a village in County Armagh, Northern Ireland that has seen significant population growth in the last ten years, despite only having 1000 current residents. Due to the population increase, there was a lack of facilities and events for young people to attend, leading to disturbances in the community. While local efforts to create opportunities for the youth have led to a decrease in anti-social behavior, there has been an increase in drug use and underage drinking as a result. This increase in substance abuse has aided an already established conflict among multiple religious beliefs living in the area. Scotch Street Youth Club joined Friends Forever International’s programs to create more opportunities for young people to contribute to society and promote acceptance and understanding of others.

Oasis Youth Club
Founded:

2010

Neighborhood:

Scotch Street, Portadown, Northern Ireland

 

Mission:

Oasis is an inclusive youth focused programme that engages with ethnic children and youth to empower them to develop positive relationships, respect diversity and improve achievement levels while allowing them to enjoy new experiences in a safe environment.

 

Community Demographics:

Oasis is a Youth Centre that provides services for children and young people primarily from an ‘Ethnic Minority Community.’ Portadown is a small rural town of approx. 40000 people. Having a difficult history through The Troubles and the following sectarian contentions particularly around parades and flags, there was a natural spill over of tensions when significant numbers of migrants arrived in town in the early 2000s. There was skepticism among some that the migrants had a political motivation to support one side of the sectarian dispute, therefore the legacy of sectarianism started to manifest itself as racism.

Meet the Team
Bethany
One of the Team Leaders
Darren
One of the Team Leaders
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Katrina
Hobbies: Socialising with friends and family, baking, watersport and outdoor activities
Favorite Quote: “Nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so"
My Role Models: My parents, my youth leader and my big sister
Robert
Hobbies: gaming
Favorite Quote: “I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend." - Freddie Mercury
My Role Models: Jim Root - Slipknot Guitarist, Mick thompson - Slipknot Guitarist, Josh Dunn - Twentyonepilots drummer
Clara
Hobbies: swimming, hairdressing
Favorite Quote: “Nothing is impossible the word itself says I'm possible." - Audrey Hepburn
My Role Models: Mum, Dad, RuPaul
Connor
Hobbies: Movies/Games
Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because in the end those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter.”
My Role Models: My mum, My granda, My best friend
Tia
Hobbies: riding horses
Favorite Quote: “I have a dream that one day I will in a nation where I'll not be judged by the color of my skin but by the content of my character.”
My Role Models: mother,
Martin Luther King
Charlie
Hobbies: Volunteering, socialising
Favorite Quote: “Prove Them Wrong Babe”
My Role Models: Friend Lauren, Dad, Ainé Heaney
Sara
Hobbies: horse ridding
Favorite Quote: “i can and i will”
My Role Models: mum,
step dad, sister
Adam
Hobbies: Driving and out with friends
Favorite Quote: “When you feel like quitting think about why you started”
My Role Models: My Dad, My big brother, My friends
Zuzanna
Hobbies: Reading, Singing, Writing, Doing Kendo
Favorite Quote: “Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today.”
My Role Models: My mum, youth workers, celebrities who use their money and fame for good
Catarina
Hobbies: Singing, playing instruments, volunteering, art.
Favorite Quote: "Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature."
My Role Models: My mum, Gordon Woolsey (Youth Leader).
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LOL: Corpus Christi Youth Centre/Blackmountain Action Group
Community Building Phase
 
Jan 31: Social Action, Part 2
The second part of Team LOL's social action project was at St Gerard's, a school for children with disabilities. The team led games, an arts and crafts session, and cookie decorating! The students had a blast and the team did an great job playing to their strengths to provide a good time for everyone.
Jan 28: Social Action, Part 1
Team LOL's first Social Action event took place at the Glenalina Lodge, which is located alongside the peacewall that divides the communities. While there, the team led cookie decorating, facilitated games, and talked with the residents. The team enjoyed the session and their project was off to a good start!
Jan 14: SAP Planning, Cont
With their idea in place, the team met to set dates and assign roles to take the next steps in their project. After work time, the team spent some time relaxing and catching up with their friends.
Jan 7: Social Action Planning
Team LOL met to build out their ideas for the Social Action Project. Taking charge of the planning, they decided to work on 3-4 smaller projects within several vulnerable populations rather than 1 big project. They will be working with children with disabilities, elderly residents, and the homeless population.
Dec 17: Team Hangout
After all their hard work recently, Team LOL had a well deserved break together to catch-up and relax as a team. Without any other goals for the meeting, they were able to enjoy the company of the friends they've made through the program.
Dec 6: Volunteering Christmas Dinner
Some of the team came together to volunteer at a Christmas dinner for the elderly. They helped set-up, served food, and cleaned-up afterwards. The team worked hard and enjoyed engaging with the elderly residents.
Nov 29: Volunteering
Team LOL volunteered to coordinate and facilitate a cross-community outing to the SSE arena for their two youth centers. They collected money and permission slips, as well as planned and supervised during the trip. Overall, it was quite a success and their fellow young people from the centers enjoyed the trip!
Nov 19: The Parents Meeting
The parents of Team LOL came together with their children for an evening of human bingo, favorite memories from the Skill Building Phase, and great leadership by the team who ran the event.
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Skill Building Phase
Corpus Christi Youth Centre
Founded:

1972

Neighborhood:

Ballymurphy (Upper Springfield), Belfast

 

Mission:

We work in partnership with young people (8-25 yrs.) as they seek to meet their political, social, personal, cultural, spiritual and physical needs. In working to achieve these aims we will strive to create a climate of mutual respect, understanding, equity, diversity, and interdependence.

 

Community Demographics:

The Ballymurphy and greater Upper Springfield neighborhoods of Belfast, primarily of Catholic identity, is considered one of the most socio-economically deprived communities in Northern Ireland. According to CCYC staff, many of the young people who attend the centre have been affected by suicide, family breakdowns, drug and alcohol addiction, and other criminal offenses. The area is the highest ranked community in Northern Ireland, in regards to deprivation and educational underachievement. Many students drop out before graduation or leave school with little to no qualifications. CCYC joined Friends Forever with a hope to provide their young people with the confidence to explore, share, and test their own abilities and beliefs, and to engage with others from a variety of backgrounds.

Blackmountain Action Group
Founded:

1994

Neighborhood:

Springmartin, Belfast

Mission:

To encourage integration and reconciliation from the youngest to the oldest member of our community. We provide activities and programs to promote the benefit of health, education, employment and social regeneration.

 

Community Demographics:

The development of Springmartin Estate, now primarily of Protestant identity, was completed in 1968. During a time of political unrest, referred to as “the troubles,” members of the surrounding area took refuge and eventually residence within the estate. Over the next few years, Springmartin began to see vicious sectarian riots and eventually became a flashpoint area for violence. Rioting and shootings became a daily occurrence for residents within the surrounding areas. The legacy of the troubles is felt in nearly all aspects of the community. Blackmountain Action Group joined Friends Forever to encourage peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and to enable and encourage strong youth leaders for the future.

LYFFE: Holy Family Youth Club/Mountcollyer Youth Club
Community Building Phase
 
Jan 24: Leadership Development
This meeting focused on furthering the leadership development they began in the Skill Building Phase. The youth are diving into concepts like mentoring and how to be a role model with enthusiasm.
Jan 17: Social Action Planning
After a holiday break, team L.Y.F.F.E. came back together to continue planning their Social Action Project and the rest of their Community Building Phase. The team is excited to get involved in their youth centers and planned a residential in March!
Dec 1: Food Bank Collection
The team volunteered for 2 days in 3 hour shifts at a collection for the local food bank. L.Y.F.F.E. used the skills they developed volunteering at the Boston Red Cross to collect and sorted food, hand out leaflets, and stay focused without guidance from their team leaders.
Nov 22: Planning
The teams from these youth clubs always puts on an event called the Lark in the Dark. This meeting focused on planning for the 2018 event and coordinating some volunteer time at a local food bank drive.
Nov 15: Social Action Planning
Team L.Y.F.F.E. started the brainstorming process for their Social Action Project during their first meeting back in Northern Ireland. The team also had time to debrief their Skill Building Trip and recall all the best moments.
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Skill Building Phase
Holy Family Youth Centre
Founded:

1974

Neighborhood:

Newington, North Belfast

Mission:

To work in partnership with young people as they seek to meet their political, social, personal, cultural, spiritual, and physical needs.

Community Demographics:

There are high levels of social disadvantage in the Newington area as the ward was ranked 16 on Northern Ireland’s Multiple Deprivation Measure and has the second highest crime rate in the country. According to a 2010 study from the Centre for Social Justice, 4 out of 5 births were to unmarried mothers and 66.4% of young people between the ages of 14 and 17 attain low or no levels of qualifications from school. Although Holy Family Youth Centre would be seen as a “Catholic” youth services provider, the center has a membership which includes those of other faiths and those who identify with none.

Mountcollyer Youth Centre
Founded:

1988

Neighborhood:

Tigers Bay, North Belfast

Mission:

To create an environment that is challenging and educational, and instills self-belief in the young people we worth with.

Community Demographics:

Since the years of the troubles, the area of Tigers Bay has seen a lot of conflict both internally and externally. The community faces many complex needs included one parent families, low educational achievement, low employment, crime, drug use, poor infrastructure and a lack of community leadership. According to the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure, Tigers Bay is within the top 12 most deprived areas. Members of the Mountcolleyer Youth Centre identify primarily as Protestant.

Kylie
One of the Team Leaders
Philip
One of the Team Leaders
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Dearbhla
Hobbies: club
Favorite Quote: “you only live once and if you do it right once is enough"
My Role Models: Beyonce, my mummy and granny
Michael
Hobbies: football
Favorite Quote: “the best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today"
My Role Models: Steven Gerard
Sophie
Hobbies: shopping, doing art, helping others ,learning new things, getting to know new people,looking after young children
Favorite Quote: “have courage and be kind."
My Role Models: my mummy Katrina, my auntie Maria and Beyonce
Marc
Hobbies: football, listening to music
Favorite Quote: “the truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”
My Role Models: my mum, my dad, Neymar
Aimee
Hobbies: Listening to music, spending time with friends
Favorite Quote: “beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” - Coco Chanel
My Role Models: granny, mum, Rhianna
Jake
Hobbies: football
Favorite Quote: “Tough times dont last tough people do”
My Role Models: Granda, Mum, Uncle
Abbie
Hobbies: socalising with friends
Favorite Quote: “live today how you like because tomorrow it could all be gone”
My Role Models: My Nanny, Beyoncé, my best friend
Ronan
Hobbies: Music and gaming
Favorite Quote: “An eye for an eye and soon the whole world will be blind”
My Role Models: My grandmother, Ghandi, Donald Trump
Keelan
Hobbies: Going out with my mates
Favorite Quote: “sometimes you have to stop being scared and just go for it. Either it'll work or it wont. That's life”
My Role Models: Mummy, Daddy, Granny
Ohdran
Hobbies: playing football and the playstation
Favorite Quote: "never tell your problems to anyone 80% don't care and the other 20% are glad you have them."
My Role Models: daddy, scott brown football player, tommy shelby
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Shivis: St. Peters Youth Center/Townsend Outreach Centre
Community Building Phase
 
Dec 11: Video Clips
Team Shivis got together to watch some of their video clips and plan a celebration event. While the video clips unfortunately didn't arrive in time, the team had a great time planning a party to celebrate their program!
Dec 4: Reflections
After completing their interviews, the team met to reflect on how well they worked together, what they would change if they did the project again, and how they felt their individual contribution went. It was a relaxed and fruitful meeting!
Oct 29: Video/Radio Training
Team Shivis continued to practice recordings and develop their skills. The young people caught on quickly and enjoyed learning more about how the process works!
Oct 22: Radio Recording Preparation
This meeting involved the young people practicing recording their stories from the Skill Building Phase. They supported each other through multiple takes and worked hard to ensure the final recordings reflect their stories.
Oct 16: Social Action Feedback
The team meet to reflect on feedback from the groups they want to work with for their projects. They also started their project off by baking sweets to raise funds for the Children's Cancer Care Hospice.
Oct 2: Social Action Planning
Team Shivis began planning an ambitious 6 week project focused on 3 service ares: elderly homes, infants and children with heart disease, and children with cancer. The team divided responsibilities as well as looking back on their Skill Building Phase.
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Skill Building Phase