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Winners of the Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards 2014 are Ratoath Foróige Club!

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Foróige October 30, 2014

A path to health community enhancement and fitness project, by Ratoath Foróige Club in County Meath, has been crowned winners of the Youth Citizenship Awards 2014.

The group was amongst the 12,000 young people from around the country who participated in the Foróige Youth Citizenship Programme this year.

Inspired by research into what their community needed, the group found there were no safe walking routes in their area and set the change in motion to create a looped 4km walk in the village, complete with bespoke signage and lighting.

Announcing the wonderful finalists of the Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards 2014

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Foróige October 3, 2014

Congratulations to all of our finalists who have carried out transformative, important work in their communities. They are an inspiration to everyone.

Announcing the finalists, Foróige's Head of Training Gerry McDonald said the standard of entries was extremely high this year and there was great variety in the projects.

"It is heartening to see that the Foróige Citizenship Programme is alive and well and living in communities all across Ireland. The standard of projects was extremely high this year and the team of judges found it extremely difficult to settle on the 8 finalists. A big well done to everybody who participated in the programme and entered the awards this year."

Michael Lynskey, Foróige Chairperson reflects on our Youth Citizenship Programme

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Foróige October 3, 2014

I am very passionate about Foróige’s Youth Citizenship Programme. As a young man, I was lucky enough to be a member of a Foróige Club in Tooreen, County Mayo. We had great leaders who always promoted and encouraged us to get involved in community projects. My involvement in these projects gave me a great insight into my community and the people who live there. Very quickly it opened my eyes to the fact that the reason I had a great community to live in was all down to the local people who gave so unselfishly of their time to make our community a better place. I learned there and then that ordinary people could and do make an extraordinary difference.

Foróige partners with McAfee Intel Security to develop an online safety training programme

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Foróige October 1, 2014

At the start of 2014, Foróige entered into a partnership with McAfee Intel Security to pilot a training programme they had developed which would meet the needs of young people in relation to managing their presence online, particularly in relation to social media.

It is often assumed that young people have the requisite skills when it comes to managing their interactions and presence on the internet and all the accompanying platforms for interaction. During the pilot phase of this work with McAfee, we discovered that it is imperative that a base skills level for all young people be established.

Cork Independent features Opinion piece about the Foróige Big Brother Big Sister programme

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Foróige October 1, 2014

The following Opinion piece recently featured in Cork Independent and was written By Foróige staff member Brenda Keating. Brenda is a Project Officer for Foróige’s Big Brother Big Sister programme in Cork.

"I’m going to college – something I thought I’d never do – all because of my ‘Big Sister’. She’s changed my life."

Can an hour or two a week really change someone’s life? Maybe it’s all about the little things.

Quick Guide to online affiliation of your Foróige Club

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Foróige October 1, 2014

Your Club can now start updating and adding information to the online affiliation system. In fact, two Clubs have already done this and have hit the affiliation button, they are Tourmakeady Foróige Club in Mayo and Cathedral Cairde Foróige Club in Cork. Well done to both of them for being on the ball! If you are no longer a Club Leader, please ask the Club to indicate on the system who the new Club Leader is. If your Club may not be reopening, please contact a Foróige Regional Youth Officer/Staff Person for help. Access the Club Management System here. 

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