2United Youth Programme Submitting a Concept Proposal Pilot Phase 2015Submitting a Concept Proposal
3Together: Building a United Community is the NI Executive’s strategy for making progress on Good RelationsThe United Youth Programme is one of the headline actions in the strategy10,000 places for young people aged years who are not in education, training or employment‘Tackling sectarianism andracism at the very heart ofits design’
4From the Strategy – United Youth aims Support young people to take on new challenges and learn new skillsCreate strong and robust cross community bondsCreate cross community trust and tackle misperceptionsDivert them into constructive alternativesGive them training and experience in community and employmentFacilitate them to meet new friends they would not have met otherwiseGrow their confidence and CVHelp the communityEmpower young peopleSupport young people in identifying their role within societyHelp create responsible peopleEncourage volunteering
5What young people and others have told us so far – for example.... Put young people at the heart of the programme – a youth work approachA range of activities – e.g. music, sport, drama, travel, community volunteering, preparation for workMake it normal to meet new peopleNo exams or academic pressure but yes to qualifications and good quality work experienceGood quality one-to-one supportTrack progress and achievementsEnough money to live on and address barriers like transport and childcareProgression focus, and support after the programme has endedWhat young people and others have told us so far – for example....
6Away from home experiences What will UnitedYouth look like?Several goalsto think aboutDifferent types of activities already highlightedYouth work principlesDuration / structure – informed by pilotsGood RelationsPersonal developmentVolunteeringStarting with young people aged who are not in education, employment or training...Work experienceCitizenshipNew challengesQualificationsLeisure and funEmployabilityAway from home experiences
7Together – government, service users and other interested stakeholders Bring all the relevant expertise to bearShould lead to different ways of doing things, allow us to keep learning, and lead to a better outcomeThe solutions come from the challengesWorks hard to understand the realities of the user experience – the user is the expert on their experienceBuilds from the user / beneficiary perspective to define the ‘challenge’Identifies possible ways forwardTests possibilities on a small scale – pilot phaseCaptures the learning‘Scales up’ and deliversDISCOVERDEFINEDevelopDeliver
8The process towards the pilots August – agreeing an outcomes framework to testSeptember – call for concept proposals to test the outcomesOctober – concepts selectedOctober / November – development phase including supporting events and activitiesDecember – pilots selectedJanuary – pilots announced and commence
10Personal and related capabilities Using the capabilities …during and beyond the programmeSocial / emotional / personal development / ‘soft skills’Self-awareness and understandingConfidence and agencyCommunicationPlanning and problem solvingRelationships including leadershipCreativityResilience, determinationOther relevant knowledge and skills for supporting own health and well-beingPositive engagement with useful services – e.g. advicePositive participation in community – community, structures, initiatives, democratic processesPositive participation in service to the community / volunteeringPositive family and community relationshipsPositive engagement with others from a different community / cultural background – especially in the NI contextPositive engagement in education, training, work experience, workSupporting own health and well-beingCitizenship – towards positive participation in family / community / societyKnowledge and understanding of own role in community / society- for engagement with useful services- for participation in community – structures, initiatives, democratic processes- for service to the community / volunteering- for positive family and community relationshipsGood Relations – addressing community division / sectarianism / racism and contributing to reconciliationRespect for diversityAwareness of and sensitivity to the values, beliefs, customs and traditions of othersUnderstanding of own identity and respect for others from different community and cultural backgrounds, abilities, orientations etc.EmployabilitySpecific positive aspirations for education, training, workEssential skills – literacy, numeracy, language, ICTOther knowledge and skills for participation in learning, work experience, workAttainment of qualifications that are appropriate and useful to the young person’s needs and progression
11Personal and related capabilities Social / emotional / personal development / ‘soft skills’Self-awareness and understandingConfidence and agencyCommunicationPlanning and problem solvingRelationships including leadershipCreativityResilience, determinationOther relevant knowledge and skills for supporting own health and well-being, including emotional health and well-beingCitizenship – towards positive participation in family / community / societyKnowledge and understanding of own role in community / society – individual / collective- for engagement with useful services- for participation in community – structures, initiatives, democratic processes- for service to the community / volunteering- for positive family and community relationships
12Personal and related capabilities - continued Good Relations – addressing community division / sectarianism / racism andcontributing to reconciliationRespect for diversityAwareness of and sensitivity to the values, beliefs, customs and traditions of othersUnderstanding of own identity and respect for others from different community and cultural backgrounds, abilities, orientations etc.EmployabilitySpecific positive aspirations for education, training, workEssential skills – literacy, numeracy, language, ICTOther knowledge and skills for active participation in learning, work experience, work, including enterprise / entrepreneurshipAttainment of qualifications that are appropriate and useful to the young person’s needs and progression
13Using the capabilities …during and beyond the programmePositive engagement with useful services – e.g. advice, supportPositive participation in community – community, structures, initiatives, democratic processesPositive participation in service to the community / volunteeringPositive family and community relationshipsPositive engagement with others from a different community / cultural background – cross-community (PUL / CNR) and cross-cultural engagementPositive engagement in education, training, work experience, workSupporting own health and well-being, including emotional health and well-being
15Young-person-centred The young person is at the centre when it comes to planning and delivering United Youth activities. They are actively engaged, the things that are important to them are taken into account and their experiences are used to support their learning. Taking part in United Youth will be an enjoyable experience which fits with their life. How the young person feels is considered to be as important as what they know or what they can do.2. Values and behavioursYoung people are reached out to and treated with empathy, respect, compassion, patience and the belief that they can grow and change.
164. The importance of a central positive relationship Engagement with young peopleTaking part in United Youth is not compulsory but helping young people engage is recognised as a task in its own right. Young people will get the support that they need to take part – not just at the start but all along the way.4. The importance of a central positive relationshipThe relationship between the young person and the person or people supporting them is vital. This relationship will be open and honest, rooted in a youth work approach, committed to nurturing the young person, and will create the conditions to help them flourish. It will provide ongoing opportunity for the young person to discuss their strengths, hopes, needs, issues, views, prejudices, to plan for the future, and will help them to stick with United Youth.
17Respect for difference 5. VoiceYoung people will be supported to find their voice and to use it to influence their lives, and the lives of others, in a positive way. They will also be supported to use their voice to help shape the United Youth Programme.Respect for differenceRespect for difference is a key part of United Youth. The programme will tackle sectarianism and racism, and other discriminatory and damaging attitudes and behaviours towards those who are perceived to be ‘different’. Young people will be supported to play their part in helping to address these issues. Young people will learn from others from different backgrounds and from other experiences of difference that they have on the programme.
18Safe and stimulating environments United Youth will provide experiences which motivate young people and let them explore their hopes and fears in a safe environment, and ultimately move beyond their current horizons. A young person will be enabled to design their own journey by setting personal goals and working out steps towards these goals. They will be well supported to do this.PartnershipYoung people are partners in their learning and development. People supporting them will work with them not ‘on’ them. Other ‘partners’ who are important to the young person can also be involved – e.g. family members, peers, professionals. United Youth will be mindful of, and seek to understand and work with, the wider context within which the young person lives their life.
19The ‘non-negotiables’ Do No Harm!This is a ‘Good Relations’ programmeThis is a youth development programme and is young-person centredWillingness to work with us and others to drive our collective thinking towards a coherent United Youth programmeWillingness to think ‘outside the box’ and help ‘raise the bar’Ambitious for the programme and for the young people who take partClear focus on the outcomes and principlesThe relationship with the young person, referred to in the principles, must be evidentParticipatory approach – young people must be involved in the decisions that affect them and treated as fellow citizens – not something to be fixed or done ontoWillingness to try out, test, explore
20The information that we need Brief details on your organisation, contact details etc.If there are any other organisations to be involved that you know of at this stage, who they areWhy you are interested in being part of thisA description of your conceptHow you expect to recruit or engage with young peopleHow you will involve young people in development and deliveryAge range(s)How many young peopleWhere your pilot will take placeHow long you think it will takeOverall cost estimate and main areas of expenditure
21The information that we will need – cont’d The quality systems, procedures and practices that will support your pilotYour understanding of the principles and how you will incorporate them and practise according to themHow your concept will respond to the four outcome areas and how your approach will lead to change relating to theseThe skills of the people who will work with the young peopleYour thoughts on how what you are proposing will contribute to United Youth over the longer term – anything in particular you are exploringShort ‘public facing’ paragraph on your pilot to aid networking etc.
22Pilots led by young people We are interested in engaging with one or more suitably skilled and experienced organisations to help us take this forwardYouth-led means youth-ledSubmit your proposal using the same Concept Proposal formThe detail will be around facilitating a process rather than taking forward a pilot per seCan take part in the ‘development events’ and / or other appropriate opportunitiesCan inform the work of others in the processCan inform the wider engagement process with young people that we need to establishIdeally a rural and an urban backdrop
23What you need to do Consider the challenge Be prepared to explore with us and othersComplete a Concept Proposal templateReturn to us by Thursday 25th September at 4.00pmCan return electronically- preferredCan return in hard copyNo additional information / attachments
24What we will do The Design Team will consider all submitted proposals Select a number of proposals to go forward to a Development Phase – October and NovemberLet you know by week beginning 6th OctoberIf your concept proposal is selected, we…….Will offer a number of ‘development events’ during October and November and invite you to take part in theseWill provide more information on other details that we will need as you develop your full pilot submissionAsk you for your full submission by 5th DecemberLet you know by 19th December.
25Development event themes.... Design thinking, co-design and participationOur understanding of Good Relations and Good Relations practice (including possibilities for links to other T:BUC strands)The core youth development approachTheory of change, quality of approach and measurement of changeActive citizenship, community service, volunteeringPreparation for work and work experience considerations‘Away from home’ experiencesDevelopment event themes....
26Thank you for taking part today Kieran McArdle - TelAnne McCready - Tel or