Cross-community youth work in North Belfast: funding and youth leader personal networks

Stephanie Smith

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    In North Belfast, young people overwhelmingly live, socialize and attend schools along sectarian lines, much the result of the regions' recent social, political and armed conflict. Cross-community youth work, a recurring activity in community development circles, is aimed at overcoming such social disadvantages among young people from the two predominant communities (Catholic/Nationalist/Republican and Protestant/Unionist/Loyalist). This article critically explores the relationship between a North Belfast adult cross-community youth leaders' professional personal network size and the amount of funding they apply for, receive and share with their peers. Findings reveal a significant relationship between personal network size and the amount of funding cross-community youth leaders (1) applied for and the amount they (2) received. However, no association was found between a respondent's personal network size and the amount of funding (3) shared with other cross-community youth initiatives. Implications for both the current state and the future of cross-community youth work are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-35
    Number of pages7
    JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2014


    • North Belfast
    • community youth work
    • youth work
    • youth work funding

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