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Join NorthernIreland2035

How will you shape Northern Ireland's future?

NorthernIreland2035 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Northern Ireland to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?" Because after all, you are the generation who will shape Northern Ireland ahead.

NorthernIreland2035 is part of Legacy; a global campaign by Common Purpose, which invests in young people across the world so they can become a connected generation of leaders with a clear vision for what their legacy will be.

By doing NorthernIreland2035 you will:

  • Learn skills and tools to practice leadership in your own context including team building, problem solving and communications
  • Build connections with your peers and established leaders from across Northern Ireland
  • Earn a micro-credential
  • Have the opportunity to receive free, personalized leadership coaching sessions

If you're a young leader aged 18-25 from Northern Ireland, apply for this free online programme here!

Louise Warde Hunter, Chief Executive, Belfast Met

"Belfast Met is delighted to partner with Common Purpose to bring the Legacy Programme to Northern Ireland. In undertaking this partnership, our goal is to inspire our students’ ambition and encourage them to reach their full potential to become the strong, able leaders that our world needs. Our objective is to equip the next generation of leaders with the skills and strength of conviction to challenge and change, to lead beyond borders and boundaries, to be brilliant! When I established Common Purpose in NI over 30 years ago working with senior leaders to build their legacy for Belfast and beyond, the power of connecting and inspiring those who would shape our future society was enthralling. I am delighted to renew that commitment to another generation of leaders through supporting Belfast Met students whose diversity and talent will add greatly to the Legacy Programme."

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Why take part?

NorthernIreland2035 is your opportunity to come together as a generation and think through what your generation’s legacy will be. As part of a highly diverse group of peers, you will tackle real social challenges facing Northern Ireland.

Application Process

The application process for NorthernIreland2035 involves answering a question which reflects your passion for leadership and your community. The question can be answered by whichever means feels most comfortable to you, be it written, video submission, a piece of artwork, song or photograph – however you best feel you can express your desire to take responsibility for the legacy of Northern Ireland.

What happens on NorthernIreland2035?

Over four days, you'll join a group of around 100 young people in Northern Ireland to tackle a pressing challenge your region faces. This year's challenge is: How do we act together to transform Northern Ireland into a cleaner, greener place for all?

You'll come together online to investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. You'll test, refine and present your ideas to leaders in Northern Ireland.

NorthernIreland2035 is intergenerational, giving you the opportunity to work with around 30 established leaders from across Northern Ireland, who act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from seeing the world through your eyes – the next generation.


When? TBC

Where? 4 hours each day online. All sessions are on Zoom.

Who can apply? Young leaders aged 18-25 living, working or studying in Northern Ireland.

How much does it cost? NorthernIreland2035 is free.

Volunteer for NorthernIreland2035

We are looking for leaders from all backgrounds to contribute to NorthernIreland2035 – sharing their insight and, in the process, seeing their region or country through the eyes of the next generation. We need speakers, panellists, mentors and immersion hosts. If you want to be a contributor, sign up below.