Peace Bytes is a cross-community initiative aimed at engaging marginalised young people aged 14 – 25. Based on the previous work of the Bytes Project, over 25 years of youth and community work experience has gone into developing our programme of training, mentoring and community engagement.
Focusing on Newtonabbey, Derry/Londonderry and East Inishowen, our aim is to provide support and training for marginalised young people across community divides. For young people who complete the programme, a minimum of 3 OCN qualifications are guaranteed. In addition, we provide childcare and transport for those who need it, as well as a financial incentive for those who are eligible.
Between 2018 and 2022, Peace Bytes will use creative ICT, along with traditional youth work approaches, to help more than 900 young people increase their skills and confidence as part of a 30 week programme. Through group work and one-to-one mentoring, we want to see young people overcoming barriers to their potential and developing links with others from different backgrounds in a non-pressured environment. We provide the opportunity and support for marginalised young people to interact with their peers and to experience different cultures, often for the first time.
Our work is funded through the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Special thanks to our funders
A project supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).