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Leadership Programme Seeks to Harness Potential of Local Young People

25 October 2017

A number of young people from across the Mid Ulster District Council area will benefit from an innovative youth development project funded by the U.S. Department of State. 

The US:NI Leadership Initiative is a collaborative one-year project involving the U.S. Consulate, the Northern Ireland Assembly, and  Politics Plus.  Through a series of evening workshops, the initiative will seek to promote civic responsibility, build leadership skills, and encourage democratic engagement among young people from across Northern Ireland. 

During 2017, the initiative will reach young people from across all of Northern Ireland’s 11 council regions, and on the evening of Thursday 9 November 2017, the initiative will visit the Council Chamber in the Dungannon office through support from the Mid Ulster District Council.

Panelists will include Quintin Oliver, an internationally renowned political strategist who has worked in other parts of Europe, the Middle East and South America.  Globally renowned personal development guru Billy Dixon will also be involved, as well as a number of young leaders from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Some local politicians from the area will also participate.

U.S. Consul General in Northern Ireland, Daniel Lawton said: “We are delighted to help facilitate these important workshops and hope that they inspire and empower young people from every corner of Northern Ireland to work effectively for a better, shared future”.   

Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Mark Glasgow, added: “If we are to make any changes in the future it is vital that we engage with the youth of today and consider their opinions, views and wishes for the years ahead. To have that captive audience present and in one room is a fantastic opportunity for both councillors and the youth as it allows honest and open communication and debate on important issues. If we are to succeed in our aim and ultimate goal of creating a shared future then it is a great place to start.”

To register for the Dungannon event, contact Sean Henry at Mid Ulster District Council on sean.henry@midulstercouncil.org or telephone 03000 132 132.

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