CRIS’s Unity Project is a proven, highly effective programme that supports young people to explore and achieve their potential as ‘upstanders’ and to influence positive shifts in culture through the safe challenging of degrading and derogatory language and behaviour. It addresses the difference between the intention behind and impact of the routine use of ‘hate speak’. It supports peer leaders to investigate their own roles in challenging bullying language and behaviour with a focus on homophobia, sectarianism, racism, body image and disability. Using ‘real language’, this hard-hitting programme is ideally suited to young people aged 14+ and closely supports the objectives of the Northern Ireland curriculum (through Learning for Life and Work – Local and Global Citizenship).
The Northern Ireland Unity Project was developed in partnership by the Center for Preventing Hate (Maine, USA) and CRIS. It has been delivered in dozens of post-primary schools across Northern Ireland since its inception in 2011. The Unity Project can be delivered on a cross-community basis or in single schools and youth organisations.
For more information on this service, please contact the CRIS office on the details provided.