HISTORY

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The following milestones and dates outline the development and growth of YouthBank across the island of Ireland:

  • March 1997: Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust staff-trustee residential to discuss concept of a youth-led young people's fund.
  • June 1998: Community Foundation Network seminar on Youth and Philanthropy addressed by Rob Collier, Chief Executive of Council of Michigan Foundations
  • September 1998: Michael Norton convenes five voluntary sector organisations to explore strategic development of youth-led grant-making across the UK.
  • January 1999: Young people from the selected pilot project areas devise and agree the name of YouthBank
  • April 1999: Prince's Trust Offices, London, launch of YouthBank pilot programme across 7 areas of the UK
  • April 1999: First Northern Ireland YouthBank committee residential in Rural College, Draperstown, Northern Ireland
  • September 1999: First grant made by Northern Ireland YouthBank of £1000 to Omagh Youth Centre for a group of senior members to learn sign language skills.
  • June 2000: YouthBank committee in Northern Ireland undertake 'seeing is believing' study tour of young people's grant-making in Michigan and Ohio.
  • June 2001: Youthstock conference organised and run by Northern Ireland YouthBank committee to mark the end of the YouthBank UK pilot phase, held over 6 days at Corrymeela , Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. International and UK participants attend and live grant-making programme organised in Derry city.
  • September 2001 – June 2005: New funding secured from Comic Relief to create a devolved YouthBank network in Northern Ireland. The first phase of new community-based YouthBanks were created in Ballymena, Craigavon, Foyle, and Newtownabbey followed in September 2002 by the Girls' Model, St Gabriels, St Gemma's and Hazelwood Integrated Schools. Artillery YouthBank joined the network in 2003 along with the Boys' Model school.
  • September 2002: Irish Youth Foundation partnership developed with 4 YouthBanks set up in Ballymun, north Dublin, Limerick, Longford and Waterford.
  • October 2002: First meeting of the Northern Ireland YouthBank Board.
  • April and September 2003: First Northern Ireland –Balkan YouthBank exchange programme.
  • February 2004: European Foundation Centre training led by The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland on developing the YouthBank model within Community Foundations was held in Belfast and attended by participants from Bosnia, Czech Republic, Ghana, Russia, Slovakia, and South Africa. Funding was secured from the Bernard Van Leer Foundation.
  • March 2004: Iain Black and Dymphna Scullion from Ballymena YouthBank join YouthBank UK Advisory Forum
  • June 2004: Iain Black from Ballymena YouthBank joins the YouthBank UK Board of Trustees.
  • July 2004: Leanne King and Damien Quigley, Foyle YouthBank, join YouthBank UK Evaluation team to carry out local YouthBank evaluation programme.
  • September – October 2004: YouthBank Northern Ireland Roadshow organised by Northern Ireland YouthBank Board.
  • January 2005: YouthBank Grant-maker award devised in Northern Ireland and launched as a joint initiative with YouthBank UK.
  • April 2005: Northern Ireland YouthBank Steering Committee organise and run YouthBank UK residential at Corrymeela, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.
  • June 2005: What is YouthBank? And Beyond Borders publications launched. Consultancy service profiled for the development of YouthBank model within Foundations.
  • July 2006: Ulster Bank announce new investment in all island of Ireland YouthBank network over a 3 year period.
  • January – June 2007: New YouthBanks licensed in Banbridge, Cork, Dungannon, Kilkenny, Omagh, South-West Donegal, and Tuam.
  • April 2007: First all island of Ireland YouthBank Forum event in Longford.
  • June 2007: First island of Ireland YouthBank Forum Committee meeting in Dublin.
  • June 2007 New YouthBank site launched at www.youthbank.org.
  • July 2006 – June 2009: Further expansion of YouthBank network across the island of Ireland
  • May 2012:  Launch of publication:  Working across the Nations
  • June 2014:  Irish Youth Foundation take over lead in the strategic direction and management of YouthBank Ireland
  • June 2014:  YouthBank International becomes a non-profit company under UK law
  • December 2015:  State Street Financial Institution fund the set up and support of 5 new YouthBank sites bringing the total to 25 sites operational across the island of Ireland
  • Jan 2016:  YouthBank Ireland externally evaluated