Living Youth Programmes

Parish GIFT Programme

is an interactive programme for ages 11-14 and takes place over 6 weeks in their Parish. Parish Gift’s purpose is for the young people to continue their faith journey after Confirmation with their friends in a fun, engaging, and caring environment.

Pope John Paul II Award

is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. This award allows young people the chance to get involved in their Church as well as their community through volunteering, taking up roles in their Church and attending faith programmes. The award lasts up to 14 months and is run through schools and parishes.

Youth Alpha Programme

is a video-based programme for 16-18 years old which runs for 12 sessions including a residential and explores the fundamental aspects of Christianity. It allows participants to connect with other young people and most importantly, connect with God. Youth Alpha is a recommended programme for Pope John Paul II Award participants.

Living Youth - Leadership Training Programme

is designed for 18 years and over. This training provides young people with the tools for volunteering as a young leader in Living Youth and focuses on areas such as Safeguarding, best practice for leading group discussions and what is expected of a Living Youth Leader.

Summer Pilgrimages

Each summer, Living Youth leads a group of up to 50 young people to travel to a pilgrimage site within Europe. On their journey, each young person will get to make new friends from the Diocese, explore their faith and the sacraments, see the religious and other sites of our visits, all while having lots of fun, music and games along the way. Previous pilgrimages include Rome, World Youth Day, Taize, Milan and Germany.

NUA Film Series

is aimed at 16-18 years old. This 6-week programme encourages questions about the Bible, the world we live in and offers an engaging perspective on the Christian faith. At Living Youth, we run NUA for those who have recently completed Youth Alpha.

Summer Madness

Summer Madness is a Christian youth festival filled with events and speakers, which takes place in County Antrim over 5 days in June/July. The festival is designed for young people of all backgrounds and denominations to connect and explore their Christian faith.

Papal Cross Award

is a continuation of the Pope John Paul II Award or for those who have left school. This award is for those young adults who are active within their parish and community and the aim is to recognise the work they do.


is a video based, 5-week course looking into the beauty and mystery of the Mass. This programme is for 16 years old and older, and gives young people the chance to ask the who, what and why of the celebration of Mass.

Habitat for Humanity

Living Youth have partnered with the Habitat with Humanity Global Village project for many years, going to countries such as Ethiopia, Malawi, India and others in "Seeking to put God's love into action, by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope."

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