The Rural Youth Entrepreneurship (RYE) held its first Youth Steering Group meeting on Tuesday 4th November 2014. Facilitated by RDC the meeting was attended by young people who live in rural areas, have already participated in the Rural Youth Entrepreneurship workshops and have an interest in taking those first steps in becoming self employed.
Funded by DARD through the ‘Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation framework, the Rural Youth Entrepreneurship Programme (RYE) is an entrepreneurship awareness raising and developmental programme for young people aged between 16 – 30 years. Its focus is on undertaking outreach activities to engage young people in disadvantaged rural areas to help young people explore their potential as self-starters and innovators and consider the potential of enterprise development and self-employment through a series of workshops, networking events and interactive online tools.
The Steering Group was formed to engage with young people to give them an opportunity to shape and steer the RYE programme activities, this includes future Masterclasses, networking opportunities and study visits to sectors of interest, as well as being recognised as ambassadors for RYE.
Olga Gallagher Director said:
“I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank those who volunteered to be representatives on the Youth Steering Group. This is a great opportunity for the young people to participate and engage with RDC and influence how the programme should be developed and rolled out in the future.
“We want the Youth Steering Group to be effective and are keen to hear their views and opinions.”
If any young person is interested in the RYE programme please contact Gillian / Gail on 028 86766980 for more information.