PUPILS from Holy Trinity College in Cookstown were among a total of 900 young entrepreneurs celebrating the completion of a major cross-community, cross-border business initiative this week.
The year-long Knowledge through Enterprise for Youth (KEY) Programme invites young people from marginalised communities on both sides of the border to develop enterprise and entrepreneurial skills and enhance their understanding of other traditions.
Supported by the International Fund for Ireland and run jointly by Young Enterprise Northern Ireland and Junior Achievement Ireland, KEY has provided training and development opportunities to more than 10,000 young people over the last 12 years.
A dozen high flyers from the programme now have the chance to apply their newfound skills on the international stage in August as they join 200 young business leaders at the Next Generation Leaders Forum in Canada.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony at the Waterfront Hall, Dr Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, said the KEY Programme is a very good example of one of the many initiatives supported by the Fund, which build strong and lasting relationships between Unionists and Nationalists, aimed at delivering on the vision of a truly shared, integrated and peaceful future.
Carol Fitzsimons, Chief Executive Officer of Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, said the programme has thrived because of the immense enthusiasm, ambition and talent of the students and the support from the International Fund for Ireland.