The Rio Ferdinand Foundation is proud to announce our new partnership with the UEFA Foundation on our new Youth in Action programme, working with young people and communities in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The Youth in Action project has been built to tackle racism and hate crime through education, and to promote integration and empowerment opportunities for young people facing disadvantage. The programme will offer sports, personal development programmes and accredited training to build the skills of young people. The project will also support young people from all backgrounds to put their ideas and skills into action by delivering youth led social action projects on the theme of equality and diversity.
The Youth in Action programme has been developed in consultation with young people and communities across the island of Ireland, and responds to the dual challenges posed by the Covid19 pandemic and its impact on youth opportunities, employability and social mobility and the increased focus on tackling racism and promoting racial equality and more inclusive communities.
The Youth in Action project draws on the experience of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation in delivering similar projects in Britain coupled with local expertise and connectivity with community partners.
Rio Ferdinand said:
“In the current climate it is important that we create inclusive communities and support our young people to build their skills and take a lead in that process wherever we are in the world. This new partnership with the UEFA Foundation will help take our work to support young people to achieve their potential to a new level, supporting and empowering communities across the island of Ireland to tackle racism.”
In our first stage of delivery, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and UEFA Foundation programme will work with a network of local community and BAME-led organisations in Enniskillen, Dungannon, Newry and Craigavon to deliver a training and development programme and community events. This partnership along the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic will create a community infrastructure to implement local youth programmes to promote integration and tackle racism and hate crime.