Summer is a great time for young people. The days are long and bright, there is no school and possibilities for fun seem endless. However, for many young people the opportunities to enjoy summer activities are limited. This is a time when young people can lose contact with their peers and become disengaged from support systems such as school and communities. Foróige, through its nationwide network (150) of Local Youth Development Projects and Local Youth Services, operates a number of summer programmes to help these young people to have fun, to make new friends and to develop skills and confidence to enable them to fulfil their potential as human beings and as members of their communities. Some of the highlights of the summer on the Foróige Calendar are:
The hottest names in Irish music will perform at the Foróige Band on the Strand Music festival, taking place in Mayo on Saturday July 6th. More than 3,000 teenagers from across the country are expected to descend on Lacken Strand for the annual music festival which will see performances by Keywest, Walking on Cars, Stonefree, Mojo Gogo and more! Tickets, priced between €15 and €20, are available to young people involved with Foróige, though non-Foróige members can also attend.
Foróige’s Leadership programme recognises the leadership capabilities and potential in young people so that they can aspire to being future leaders. The Foróige Leadership Conference is held annually and is now one of the highlights of the Foróige calendar. More than 350 young people from around the world are expected to attend this year’s conference taking place in NUI Maynooth July 29 – August 2. Places for Irish participants are exclusive to Foróige members only.
Places have already been allocated for 2013, though if you would like any further information, please contact Bryan Gavin, co-ordinator of the Foróige Leadership programme, at [email protected] or (01) 6301560.
Foróige in Dublin 15 is once again offering young people aged 12 - 18 programmes that combine serious fun with real skills development. All programmes are designed to meet the needs and interests of young people. There is a charge of €15 on most programmes. Facilitators include professional youth workers, trained volunteers and professional facilitators.
Programmes include week long courses and activity weeks on: Wildlife, Survival Skills, Electronic Crafts, Multi-media, Fashion Design, Healthy Food and Beauty, Multi Sports Activities, Drama and Dance, Graffiti Arts. Most programmes happen in and around Dublin 15 at various Foróige centres. Some programme involve day trips.
Please email [email protected] for more information.
The Foróige Attic Youth Café in Longford is running summer programmes from June 10th - August 9th. Programmes involve both in house activities and trips away, ranging from pool tournaments, soccer tournaments, trips to the zoo, adventure centre, shopping, cinema and waterparks. For more information, please contact Theresa Connell at [email protected].
Cork will have 20 community based summer schemes. These are both in the City and County and are run by local volunteers. They are aimed at age 4-16 years with the majority in the 6-14 year bracket. Communities such as Farranree, Blarney St, Knocknaheeney, Greenmount, Tougher, Mayfield, Passage West, Ballygarvin,Ballinhassig, Bishopstown, to name but some. Programmes being offered include arts and crafts, beach trips, open farms, swimming, sports, team building games and more.
Please contact Marie O'Mahony at the Foróige offices in Cork on 021-4893015 for more details.
The Loft LK Youth Project in Donegal is also offering a number of youth activities for the summer, including Independent Live Skills classes, a fashion week, an AMP week (Art, Music, Performance), Rockschool and much more.
The Loft LK will also run a series of activities in their drop in centre, including open mic performances, jam sessions, band nights, quizzes, and gaming nights. Check out The Loft on Facebook for the latest updates https://www.facebook.com/loft.letterkenny
To find out where your local Foróige youth project is, please email [email protected].