ICBAN logoVerbal is partnering with the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) on an exciting new cross border project called Youthful voices.

Working with schools and Communities

The project will work with schools and communities on both sides of the border, in counties Fermanagh, Tyrone, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan. It is aimed at young people aged 14-17 years.

The young people and facilitators will meet once a week for 11 weeks. A residential session is built into the programme. Our focus is around Brexit, sectarianism, racism, and community.

The Reading Rooms model

A trained facilitator introduces the Reading Rooms model. Together we share a short story and a poem, with guided discussion throughout to engage young people.

In the fifth week, our groups take part in a residential session.


We will take Reading Rooms and the students away for some team-building, which will include watersports, campfires, team games, and shared reading.

Finding a Youthful voices champion

A leader will be selected from each group to become a Youthful voices champion. This includes receiving Open College Network (OCN) level 2 accreditation in Facilitation skills for shared reading.

Youthful voices champions will be mentored to lead their own Reading Rooms sessions for the rest of the programme.

More information

To find out more, please contact Louise Moore, who will help you to engage with this exciting new project. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for any young person living in the border counties to be involved in.