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Monday, 04 April 2011 02:37

YALP Graduations

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The Young Adult Leadership Programme (YALP), based in FOCUS,
finished this month with a Graduation night for Participants. The programme was
funded by Peace III and lasted for a total of four years. The project was a
Partnership approach between FOCUS, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, WELB and Omagh
Forum for Rural Associations.

The programme was based around tackling Sectarianism and
Racism using Themed weekly sessions, where Guest speakers and Tutors would deliver
training on a wide range of topics, ranging from Cultural Awareness, Equality,
Personal Development and Team-Building.
The group also designed the “OurTown” Walking Tour of Omagh,
where participants took on the role of Tour Guide and gave their perspective on
how Omagh has been shaped by the Troubles.
Speaking on behalf of FOCUS, Conor Keys explained that the
whole Programme was about tackling the serious issues such as discrimination,
racism, homophobia and sectarianism. “We wanted to provide the participants
with the tools to be able to challenge some of these issues in their own life”
“We wanted to show the young adults that one of the most
important things in the world is how you deal with difference. If you can
respect Difference, you become a “different” person. You become someone who
understands that “your” way may not always be the way.”
Two years in to the programme saw the introduction of a
younger group of “YALPers” which added an element of Peer Mentoring to the
Parents and friends of participants who attended the
Graduation on Friday night were treated to a home-made video from Katharina
Heberger, Shannen McGaughey and Tammy McCann. Alongside the video we had a
fantastic and funny speech from two members of the younger group, Laura Bogan
and Catherine Durkin.
are currently trying to source funding to maintain as much of the programme as
possible. “We would like to be able to keep up the relationships and continue
to provide a safe, neutral space for young adults to come and express

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