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"The following milestones and dates outline the development and growth of YouthBank across the island of Ireland:

  • March 1997: Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust staff-trustee residential to discuss concept of a youth-led young people's fund.
  • June 1998: Community Foundation Network seminar on Youth and Philanthropy addressed by Rob Collier, Chief Executive of Council of Michigan Foundations
  • September 1998: Michael Norton convenes five voluntary sector organisations to explore strategic development of youth-led grant-making across the UK.
  • January 1999: Young people from the selected pilot project areas devise and agree the name of YouthBank
  • April 1999: Prince's Trust Offices, London, launch of YouthBank pilot programme across 7 areas of the UK...
  • September 2001 – June 2005: New funding secured from Comic Relief to create a devolved YouthBank network in Northern Ireland...." [1]



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  1. YouthBank History, organizational web page, accessed October 10, 2012.