Should young people be able to vote in elections from the age of 16? Liam O’Driscoll and David O’Callaghan (members of Ballineen Foróige Club in Co. Cork) are surveying the nation’s teenagers on their political knowledge and level of responsibility. They have devised a knowledge survey: http://bit.ly/1fO2aeH and a responsibility survey: http://bit.ly/1eufVPH We urge you to get involved!
Internet use is now a central part of children and young people’s lives in Ireland today. The vast majority of Irish children are online. The Growing Up in Ireland report found that 86% of all nine-year-olds have a computer in their home. Many now also go online using smartphones, games consoles or other portable devices. Children also start using the internet from a very early age. In the UK, Ofcom reported that 81% of 5-15s are accessing the internet at home and increasing to 97% for 12-15s; additionally, 28% of 3-4 year olds use a tablet computer at home. EU Kids Online also found that Irish young people are avid social networkers: three quarters of 13-14 year olds, and 9 in 10 older teenagers have a profile on a social networking site. Nearly half of 11-12s are also active on social networking sites, despite age restrictions.
"The European Youth Forum published a paper entitled A Youth Guarantee for Europe and stated that youth organisations are most adept at providing ‘career focused training via non-formal education and developing a culture of entrepreneurship among young people’. And I would like to outline very briefly for you how this looks – and also to say that we have been doing this for a number of years. What are the capacities and aptitudes that employers are seeking from young people as they begin their working lives, what are called 21st Century skills?
We are asking our volunteers to participate in an anonymous survey of Foróige volunteers. We’d like to get your views on your involvement in Foróige. This major initiative is designed to enable us to better support you in your role. You are part of a huge team of c. 5,000 volunteers nationwide in Foróige Clubs, Big Brother Big Sister mentoring, Foróige Juniors Clubs, Youth Projects, as Friends of Foróige and volunteer coordinators...the list goes on!
Every Monday throughout February, Big Brother Big Sister in Mayo is organising a series of fun workshops for young people and volunteers aimed at promoting positive mental health and encouraging positive peer influence. The workshops will be facilitated by professionals in their respective fields. In preparation for the workshops, we encourage all matches to have 3 questions ready for the experts! All matches are invited to attend and the workshops are tailored to both boys and girls.
A 15 year-old from Coolock in Dublin has secured an all expenses-paid trip to Washington DC after winning a hotly contested competition run by Foróige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Laura Greene, a 15-year-old Transition Year student from Colaiste Dhulaigh in Coolock, set up her business – ‘Laura’s Crystal Ware’ - customising hand-painted glassware. Laura has a love of all things craft related so was delighted to get the opportunity to combine her passion with a business.