Alliance Leader Naomi Long has welcomed Ulster Bank funding for two local youth projects.
Naomi Long said: “Across Northern Ireland we are fortunate to have many voluntary organisations working with our young people, offering them creative and satisfying outlets for their energies and talents.
“I would congratulate Youth Action NI and YouthBank International, who have been successful in receiving £18,500 and £3,500 respectively through the Ulster Bank’s UK and Ireland Skills & Opportunities Fund.
“These days our young people can face incredible pressures from many directions. It is reassuring to see the great work undertaken by many voluntary groups to offer young people the opportunity to be inspired and improve their life chances through educational or entrepreneurship guidance.”
The YouthAction NI programme will focus on young people who face barriers to learning and those from various backgrounds living in socially disadvantaged areas.
YouthBank International, based in Banbridge, delivers social entrepreneurship and a youth philanthropy scheme as part of the Build your Future initiative.