Foróige Leadership for Life Conference 2023

Alan August 10, 2023

350 teenagers from around the world gathered in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, for Foróige’s Leadership for Life Conference 2023. The conference, which was launched this morning on the grounds of NUI Maynooth, brings together young people from the USA, Ukraine, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa and Ireland to learn how to become leaders in their own lives.

During the week-long conference the teens learn crucial life skills such as empathy, decision making, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking and team work.

“The conference gives young people the chance to not just learn from the speakers and facilitators, but to learn from each other in a fun and safe environment. This week is not only about creating new relationships and learning new skills; it’s about transforming as an individual. I’m continually in awe of what young people can achieve when given the opportunity and it’s weeks like these that give them that opportunity," said Seán Campbell, CEO of Foróige.

When opening the event Ben Dempsey, 16 from Narraghmore Foróige Club, Co. Kildare, said “I’m so excited for the week, it's my second year here and I learnt so much from taking part in the Foróige Leadership for Life programme last year.  I'm really excited to meet all of the international delegates and learn about their experiences and lives.”

As part of the week-long conference, the delegates heard from inspirational guest speakers including:

  • Ashwin Chacko, an Indian author, illustrator and motivational speaker based in Dublin. His mission is to champion creativity and empower people to find their inner spark through his art, books, talks & workshops. 
  • Norah Patten, an Irish aeronautical engineer and an award winning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) advocate from Ballina, County Mayo.
  • Jack Kavanagh, one of Ireland's leading speakers focusing on Mental & Emotional Wellbeing and DiverseAbilities.

To learn more about the Foróige Leadership for Life Programme click here