207 young people graduated from the North and South of Ireland from Foróige’s Leadership for Life Programme in NUIG last Saturday, October 14th.
They were awarded with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action.
Seán Campbell, CEO of Foróige said “The Leadership for Life Programme is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for 15-18 year olds to acquire accredited leadership skills. They gain aptitudes in critical thinking, problem solving, empathy, resilience, self-reflection and teamwork through experiential learning in a safe and supportive environment.
The prestigious European Citizen's Prize will be presented to Foróige at the European Parliament in Brussels, today.
The organisation was nominated for the prize by MEPs Seán Kelly, Mairead McGuinness, Brian Hayes and Deirdre Clune. The European Parliament awards the prize to projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation and promote understanding within the EU.
Young people from Foróige’s Westview Project in Cork received plaudits from Cork City Council, Cork ETB, UCC and CIT for their contribution to the third annual UNESCO Learning Cities Conference, which was recently hosted in Cork.
Conference delegates included mayors, city education executives and UNESCO experts, along with international organisations, non-government organisations and private-sector partners who are experts in the field of lifelong learning.
This year's Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative for Galway and Roscommon was officially launched recently.
35 young people from both counties attended the event in Glenamaddy Community School. The Initiative, which is run by the GAA in conjunction with Foróige, will be facilitated in Galway/Roscommon by Angela Conneely, Edel Coffey, Alan Croghan, Howard Simpson, and James Duignan.
The Ombudsman for Children’s Office is launching a year-long programme of activity to mark the 25th anniversary of Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The launch event took place in Croke Park last Thursday and was attended by 200 young people and 50 policy makers, children’s advocates,and researchers, who ‘kick-started’ a national conversation about ‘Children Now. Rights Now.’
Carrick-on-Suir Neighbourhood Youth Project organised a Family Fun Day recently to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
The event took place in Ballylynch, where Foróige began in Carrick-on-Suir in 1997. The day was a huge success, with past and present Foróige members, along with local residents enjoying a BBQ, music, and entertainment from the Beat 102103's Beat Fleet.