Strive was a cross-border and cross-community, good relations programme for young people aged 14 to 24 led by Include Youth in partnership with Youth Initiatives, Newstart Education Centre, Northern Ireland Alternatives and Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre.

Strive was funded by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) from December 2017 until 31st March 2022.

Strive was an intensive youth-led youth work programme for young people aged 14 to 24 years. It is a cross-community and cross-border programme that engages young people in a transformative process, focusing on three core strands: good relations, citizenship and personal development. The programme is delivered in both school and community settings.

Core Themes

Strive aimed to improve the following outcomes  for young people:

  • Enhanced self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience;
  • Improved understanding of difference and diversity;
  • Better ability to form positive and effective relationships with others of different backgrounds;
  • Greater participation in family, community and society;
  • Clear goals and a progression route to transition from the programme.

837 marginalised and disadvantaged children and young people completed the programme and developed their soft skills and a respect for diversity.

If successful with PEACE PLUS funding, Strive will run 2023-2017.

A recent external evaluation concluded:

“Across the board, Strive was seen as a programme ‘that works’ for young people. There were a range of noted positive outcomes for young people and their environment (family, social circles, schools, and communities). On the whole, it was suggested that, due to the youth led nature of the programme, young people get whatever it is they need specifically from Strive.”

“I was really badly behaved at the start of the school year and whenever they came in like, we thought it was almost putting us in this to get us out of class so we are not getting in trouble but then I realised they were there to help us. My behaviour in school has really genuinely improved. Strive is like an incentive. I want to behave in school coz I want to be there when Strive come in. When we go into school on a Monday we are hunting [teacher name] down to see when [youth workers names] are coming into the school. ”