On Thursday, November 12, there is a fundraiser at the Late Late Bar & Grocer in New York benefiting Co-Operation Ireland and co-hosted by the Irish International Business Network (IIBN).

Co-Operation Ireland is the leading peace charity in Ireland. 

The charity, which was established in 1979, works to improve relations between people from the majority Protestant and Roman Catholic communities in Ireland, North and South.

Co-operation Ireland empowers young people and community groups through wide ranging initiatives. One of its main programs – the Youth Leadership Program - supports young people who are regarded as potential leaders in their communities but who are at risk of getting involved in criminal and paramilitary activities.

These young people are encouraged to broaden their horizons and raise their ambitions through activities they would not normally have access to. They are also supported to stay in school or to acquire new skills for employment.

As a result, many of the young people who have participated in this program have gone on to university or achieved highly skilled jobs in their localities.

This program is currently being delivered to young people in Belfast’s Shankill Road, Derry/Londonderry and in many other towns and cities throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

To learn more about Co-Operation Ireland, click here.

For information on tickets to Thursday night’s event, click here.