Nine Northern Ireland projects developed by young people are to benefit from £1.1m of lottery funding, it has been announced.
Louise Gregg, former pupil at Tor Bank Special Needs School, at work in Daisies Cafe
The grants are part of the Big Lottery Fund's Change UR Future programme.
The projects include programmes to improve the lives of young people with disabilities and those at risk of being excluded from education or society.
Paul Cavanagh of the fund's Young People's Committee said youths were at the heart of the programmes.
"A number of young people sit on our decision-making committee and the successful projects announced today clearly demonstrated that young people are at the heart of designing, developing and implementing the programmes," he said.
The Spirit of Enniskillen Trust is getting £138,900 for a project to train a group of young volunteers between 16 and 25 in a leadership development programme.
Chuck Richardson of the trust said the project was designed to help young people from all sides of the community to realistically tackle divisive issues in a positive manner.
"It is important in a divided society like ours that our programme is there to help young people deal with divisive issues," he said.
Another group to benefit is Scrabo Catering Enterprises Limited which has been awarded £85,643 to develop its Daisies Cafe Youth Project.
The project will allow young people with disabilities from Newtownards the opportunity to take part in training and work experience at the cafe.
Derek McClure of Scrabo said the funding would be used to teach a range of catering skills to the young people involved.
"We want to make employment an option for these young people and give them a sense of what employment is like, to show them it is an option for them," he said.
"The cafe will only be staffed by the young people and it is a real hands-on approach for them."
Castlereagh Borough Council is getting £128,941 to offer coaching qualifications and other skills to the most marginalised young people aged between 16 and 25 living in Tullycarnet, Ballycraigy and Ballybeen.