It will be a little less Irish this summer in McPherson. For over a decade, Northern Irish Catholic and Protestant teens have been coming to McPherson as part of the Ulster Project. The teens stay with McPherson County families that also have teens of the same age and gender. The Project is a leadership experience dedicated to building relationships through service projects, education, social experiences, team building, fun and spiritual activities. The teens have an opportunity to make life-long friendships.
American teens in the Ulster Project spend the entire month of July with their Northern Irish counterpart participating in daily activities. Normally, the Project works closely with local Churches that usually have a number of interested teens; however, two of the Churches that have historically supported the Project have national teen conferences out of state during July so that the teens that would ordinarily be recruited will be gone. In addition, other teens have committed to a number of sports programs during July that compete for the American teens’ time and attention. Unfortunately, Northern Irish teens will not be hosted in McPherson this year due to the lack of teens available to host for the reasons listed above.
In order to continue the project and support the Northern Irish teens that had already been selected to come to McPherson, the Reno County Ulster Project agreed to host extra teens this summer. The McPherson Ulster program will be supporting Reno County as they expand for the extra Northern Irish teens this summer.
In order to help support Reno County, keep the McPherson County Project in the local consciousness and prepare for next summer, the Ulster Project Committee has decided to hold a few traditional fund raisers this summer. Watch for details in the newspaper and Church bulletins. We are already preparing for the next Ulster Project to begin again for our 12th year in July 2019.
We want to thank the community and our local churches for their support for the last eleven years. If you have teenagers that are 14 to 16 years of age, and are interested in hosting a Northern Ireland teen In July 2019, please let us know. We would be happy to talk with you. For more information, please call Judy Casey at 620-241-6373.