SOUTH Belfast-based reconciliation charity, the Corrymeela Community has launched an international youth leadership programme and is seeking local candidates.

The charity, which operate from the university area and is dedicated to “building bridges”, is looking for applicants for the year-long ‘Face to Face/Faith to Faith’ scheme, which will involve youths from the North working alongside those from the US, South Africa and the middle East with the common goal of creating peaceful communities.

The programme will begin in April and will involve participants coming together two days each month to work on aspects of the scheme. Also, participants will embark on a two-week summer stay in New York involving workshops, ‘peace-building’ activities and interfaith learning.

A former local participant, Naomi Lynch described the benefits of taking part in the exciting project.

“When I came back from my first F2F camp I was inspired to take what I had learned and apply it at home. I used the skills and experience I had gained, and the lessons I had learned, as motivation to get involved in social action projects in my school, my community and beyond.”

Applicants must be aged be aged between 16 and 17 and Corrymeela have stipulated they must “demonstrate leadership potential and interest in listening, talking and interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds”.

The closing date for deadlines is February 17. Contact 02890508080 or email