The alumni of Study USA have chosen to support the charity PeacePlayers International-Northern Ireland for the next twelve months. This support is given due to their shared belief that “children who play together can learn to live together.” The two groups will work together to raise funds and awareness for various PeacePlayers initiatives, including its primary school Twinning programme, the Belfast Interface League, the Game of Three Halves, and Champions4Peace programme.
Study USA Alumni are the beneficiaries of a one year scholarship to study business at a US university or college. PeacePlayers will also provide participants the opportunity to complete Open College Network Qualifications. With this shared commitment to improve the quality of life and education of people living in Northern Ireland, this is a natural partnership. Both groups also focus on leadership development programmes for their participants. Study USA Alumni has received many benefits from numerous opportunities to learn from businesses and government leaders, while PeacePlayers provides young people in Northern Ireland with leadership development via its Champions4Peace programme.
Patrick Black, Product Delivery Manager at Study USA said,“We are very excited to work with PeacePlayers this year. They have an excellent track record in Northern Ireland and have been active here for over 12 years. This is an excellent opportunity for our alumni to give back to the community and help improve the lives of people in Northern Ireland.”
Both organizations look forward to the 17th of October 2014, when over 200 alumni of Study USA will come together for the 20th anniversary of the programme. Representatives of PeacePlayers will also be in attendance to promote their new partnership and increase awareness of their valuable work.
“We look forward to partnering with the Study USA Alumni Association over the next 12 months. There is a significant amount of overlap, as both groups seek to build tomorrow’s leaders,” said Gareth Harper, Managing Director of PeacePlayers. “This kind of leadership development will benefit our wee island tremendously.”