Ulster Project seeks families to host teens

Staff report

The Mahoning Valley Ulster Project is looking for families to host teens from Northern Ireland for its annual summer program.

Families should be of the Protestant or Catholic faith and will be paired with teens of the same religion for the month of July. The project aims to increase cooperation between members of the two religions to ease decades of tension in Ireland through activities and community-service projects.

Families should have a child between the age of 14 and 17 with ample free time during the month of July.

Irish teens are selected based on their leadership qualities and will be paired with Valley teens who share interests.

Families are responsible for the teen’s lodging and food. Activities the teens participate in will be paid for by the organization.

Past summers have included a cleanup at Jubilee Gardens, volunteering at inner-city day-care centers, visits to Mill Creek Park and the Butler Institute of American Art as well as picnics, swim parties and dances.

Visit www.ulsterprojectmv.com for an application. Applicants will undergo a home visit and interview with volunteers of the organization to ensure a proper fit.

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