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Our 68th & 69th Wider Horizons arrive in 2012.

Tyrone Donegal Partnership - Youth & Community Program
Once again our Youth & Community program was a great success! The young people gained invaluable experience at internship sites such as YMCA's (Homewood-Brushton, Hazelwood, North Boroughs, Penn Hills, Center Avenue, Collegiate), the Jewish Community Center of Squirrel Hill, Providence Family Support Center, Gwen's Girls, Autism Speaks. Host families, as usual, played their part too - providing a supportive atmosphere and surrogate family for the young people while they were in Pittsburgh.

The IIP welcomed programs 66 and 67 to Pittsburgh.

Tyrone Donegal Partnership - Options Program

Tyrone Donegal Partnership - Youth & Community Program

The IIP managed our 64th & 65th Wider Horizons Programs this year.

Tyrone Donegal Partnership - Youth & Community Program


Monaghan and Portadown Partnership - Information TechnologyMAPP Aug 07 Program
Our first group, arrived at the end of March and spent 8 weeks in Pittsburgh. They were members of the Monaghan and Portadown Partnership. The Program was centered on “Information Technology”. This group’s interests were quite varied and placements ranging from WQED, Gulliver's Travel, Pittsburgh Lacrosse Store, P&W Mini, sunKing Digital, Downtown YMCA, the City Controller's office, and Mullen Advertising.

Their academic component took place at Duquesne where they were instructed in Website Development as well as taking Personal & Professional Development classes.  Social activities included a MLB game, Kennywood, Carnegie Museum, Just Ducky Tour and a trip to Washington D.C.

On Wednesday May 13th the group graduated at a ceremony held at Duquesne University. The ceremony was attended by host families, work placement mentors, & Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University staff.

Tyrone Donegal Partnership - Youth & Community Program

Our Youth and Community group from Tyrone and Donegal arrived in Pittsburgh on Monday the 22nd of June. They were welcomed by their host families and IIP staff and brought back to their new homes. The first week included a range of activities including Orientation, a Downtown scavenger hunt, and meetings with Duquesne staff and internship mentors.

While the majority of the young people are working in YMCA's in various locations around the Pittsburgh area, other placements include the Jewish Community Centre of South Hills, and Gwen's Girls - an organization that strives to ensure that girls ranging from the ages of 8 to 16 prosper through a range of gender-specific educational and holistic experiences.

The social activities this year promise to be exciting, with a trip to Niagara Falls, Sandcastle, Kennywood and, of course, Washington DC.

The group are due to leave on Sunday the August 16th and a graduation will be held for them on Thursday the August 13th in the Power Center at Duquesne University, followed by dinner at The LeMont, on Mount Washington.

The third group from Monaghan and Portadown are due to arrive around Labour Day.

In 2008, two groups from the Monaghan & Portadown Partnership (MAPP) and one group from the Tyrone-Donegal Partnership came to Pittsburgh to participate in the Wider Horizons program.

Monaghan and Portadown Partnership - Information Technology 2MAPP IT 2 Program
The 60th program (pictured left) hailed from the Monaghan and Portadown Partnership encompassing participants from Co. Armagh, Co. Louth and Co. Monaghan. The focus of their program was Information Technology and placements, reflecting participants specific IT interests, ranged from Game Development at Schell Games and Computer Repair at Goodwill Industries to Graphic Design at Wall-to-Wall studios and exhibit management at Carnegie Science Center. The participants enjoyed a trip to Washington and pursued software courses at Duquesne University.

Tyrone Donegal Partnership - Youth & CommunityTyrone Donegal 08 Program
Arriving in late July, our 59th group from Tyrone and Donegal (pictured right), spent eight weeks working in Youth and Community organizations throughout the region. Their program was timed to coincide with various youth camps and summer programs operated by many of Pittsburgh's YMCA 's. The Group participated in Youth & Community Development classes, as well as a Conflict Resolution course at Duquesne University. They visited Niagara Falls & Washington DC as part of their cultural component and many local tourist attractions.

Monaghan and Portadown Partnership - Information Technology 1MAPP March 08 Program
The first Wider Horizons group of 2008 had varied work placements in the Information Technology field, including the Western Pennsylvania Animal Rescue League, City Controller's Office, and WQED.  On Fridays they learned how to create websites at Duquesne University, as well as taking personal and professional development classes.

The group enjoyed outings to Washington, D.C., Kennywood, and a Pirates baseball game.


In 2007, two groups from the Monaghan & Portadown Partnership (MAPP) and one group from the Tyrone Donegal Partnership came to Pittsburgh to participate in the Wider Horizons program.

Monaghan and Portadown Partnership - Information Technology 2 Program

The second group from MAPP was in Pittsburgh for seven weeks.  They trained in information technology and office administration while working at places like Grubb & Ellis Co, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Fast Signs.

Tyrone Donegal Partnership - Youth & CommunityT-D 07 Program
During July and August, participants from the 2007 Tyrone Donegal group worked at internships in Pittsburgh and completed coursework in Youth Work and Community Development as well as Personal and Professional Development.  Participants enjoyed playing baseball and Gaelic football and getting to know the city when they weren't working at organizations such as Gwen's Girls and the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation.

Monaghan and Portadown Partnership - Information Technology 1Mapp May07 Program
The first group of participants from MAPP spent 8 weeks in Pittsburgh, gaining computer skills and practical work experience.  Participants attended Duquesne one day a week for Photoshop and conflict resolution training.  They interned at companies such as Mullen Advertising, Howard Hanna, and Talarico, Paladino, & Berg.

Participants enjoyed a variety of social and educational activities including a trip to Washington, D.C. and Sandcastle Water Park.

The Ireland Institute hosted groups from the Monaghan & Portadown Partnership (MAPP) and the Tyrone Donegal Partnership.
T-D 2006
Tyrone Donegal Partnership - Youth & Community Program
The Tyrone-Donegal group stayed in Pittsburgh for eight weeks from August to September, working at internships and doing classwork on Fridays in Youth Work and Community Development.  Participants worked at such organizations as the Parental Stress Center, the Jewish Community Center, and various YMCAs across Pittsburgh.

Monaghan and Portadown Partnership - Customer Service Program

The group from MAPP was in Pittsburgh for six weeks in October and November, 2006.MAPP 2006  

Under the training theme of "Customer Service", participants were placed at internships in the Greater Pittsburgh area, including Pittsburgh City Theatre, WQED Multimedia, Downtown YMCA, and the United Way.

Participants went to Duquesne University one day a week for Customer Service training and a Personal and Professional Development class.

In 2005, the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh hosted two International Fund for Ireland Wider Horizons Programs.  The participating organizations were FSL Ltd. from the Fermanagh, Sligo & Leitrim integrated area and ADL Horizons from the Armagh, Down & Louth integrated area. 

ADL Horizons - Options ProgramImage

The ADL Horizons Group spent eight weeks in Pittsburgh from March to May, 2005. 

The participants were placed an interships across the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Internships included Allegheny County Prothonotary, United Way, Animal Rescue, Omni William Penn, Westin Convention Center, Sojourner House and Mullen Advertising.

The Group participated in  an Information Technology course accredited by ECDL, as well as a Conflict Resolution course at Duquesne University.

The group engaged in several social & cultural activities including a trip to Niagara Falls.

Fermanagh Sligo Leitrim Ltd. - Options ProgramImage

Arriving in May 2005, sixteen young Irish & Northern Irish participants arrived in Pittsburgh for an Options work experience internship program.

Internships included WQED Multimedia, Hollowood Music, Up Front Magazine, Carlow University and several others.

While here they attended Duquesne University one day a week where they took an Information Technology course along with Conflict Resolution. Apart from an internship & education program the participants got to visit with a Host Family for a weekend and also visited Niagara Falls & Washington DC.

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