we’re committed to young people
caring for the next generation
Motivated by our Christian faith, we believe in the worth and potential of every young person and are committed to making a positive difference in their lives.
This season, our team of youth workers and mentors will support over 300 at-risk young people in communities including Braniel, Milltown, Belvoir, Breda, Botanic and Moneyreagh.
We work together with parents, community leaders, local churches, schools and police to identify and support young people who are most in need.
“What is your main challenge in life?”
(Dreamscheme Youth Survey, 2019)
1 in 3 struggle with mental health problems such as low self-esteem, depression or anxiety
1 in 4 have been involved in anti-social behaviour during the last year
1 in 2 are worried about their future
1 in 2 young people are concerned about school and work
1 in 4 feel they don’t fit in.
young people in northern ireland
Mental health: Almost half of young people in Northern Ireland say they have experienced a mental health problem (Prince’s Trust), while referrals to Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Northern Ireland have increased by 21% in three years
Social media: Nearly two thirds of young people in Northern Ireland feel "overwhelming pressure" from social media, while over half feel “inadequate” when comparing their life to their friends on social media (Prince's Trust eBay Youth Index)
Poverty: Between 2015-16 and 2021-22, the poverty rate is projected to rise by 7 percentage points for children. (Institute for Fiscal Studies, Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2017–18 to 2021–22).
Sex & relationships: 90% of young people feel under pressure to have sex, while 1 in 3 teenagers in Northern Ireland have sent or received an indecent image on their phone (Love for Life)
Education & work: Nine out of 10 young people in Northern Ireland questioned for a survey said they were worried about their job prospects (British Council Next Generation Ireland-Northern Ireland report)
Community: A quarter of young people in Northern Ireland believe that people in their community do not care about them, while almost half (45%) do not believe they have role models in their community (Survey by Prince’s Trust and HSBC UK)