Twitter Link
Facebook Link
Instagram Link

Youth in Government

Youth in Government is our flagship political education programme for 16 and 17 year olds in Greater Belfast.

FF Planks

What is Youth in Government?

Youth in Government is our flagship politics project for 16 and 17 year olds. This exciting course offers participants the chance to work closely with others from diverse backgrounds, to learn about interesting issues, to meet with politicians, and to travel to the Stormont Assembly, Leinster House in Dublin and the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

The group meets weekly on Wednesday nights at Belfast YMCA. Each week the participants will explore an issue relating to local, national and global politics. These issues include justice, conflict, campaigning & lobbying, and victims issues.

Timetable of events

Thursday 26th September – Application deadline

Week starting 7th October – Selection interviews

Wednesday 6th November onwards – Weekly meetings at Belfast YMCA

22nd–24th November – Residential in Derry/Londonderry

Mid January – Trip to Dublin

Mid February – Two day trip to London

Mid March – Trip to Stormont

Project concludes by the end of March. There will be a celebration event in June 2019.


Apply online for Youth in Government

We are now accepting applications for participants wishing to take part in our 2019–20 programme. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 26th September 2019. Participants are asked to contribute a minimum of £200 towards the cost of the programme. A bursary scheme is available for those unable to cover this cost.

Click here to apply

Alternatively, you can download an application form here and return to our address.

What’s it like?

“The programme was a fantastic experience and gave me the chance take part in activities that I otherwise would never have the chance to do. It provided me with the opportunity expand my skills and I also made some great friends. Through it I have been able to travel and do things I have always wanted to do, such as visit the House of Lords in London and Leinster House in Dublin.

Although I was unsure and nervous at first, I felt confident that the Belfast YMCA would offer me the support I needed. I am more confident in groups and feel more comfortable offering my opinion on different issues. I really enjoy the time I spend at Belfast YMCA. We work in a relaxing yet engaging environment and when working in groups we are always given the opportunity to provide our input.”

(Participant on the 2014–15 Youth in Government programme)

This programme currently receives support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Reconciliation Fund.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - logo


Back to top


Reset or change your password

Please get in touch with us to request a
log in password to setup your account.