I’ve been a volunteer youth leader with Foróige quite literally since the day I turned 18. A few weeks prior to turning 18, a few of my friends and I met with our nearest Foróige Regional Youth Officer, Bríd. We took part in the appropriate training and so began our Foróige journey! My mother, Tracey, has been working with young people in both a voluntary and professional capacity since I started secondary school. So working with young people is something that my family have been involved in for a long time.
I’m passionate about Foróige and all it stands for and strives to achieve. I would love to see every young person in the country benefit from the organisation’s input in some capacity. I believe all our young people, regardless of class or culture, deserve the chance to avail of the opportunities that Foróige can give.
“You have to look at it from the point of view that ‘out of a cottage comes a prince’ – or ‘out of a cottage comes a president’. Somewhere in Ireland there’s a young person who will be a future President or Taoiseach or Minister for Health, and we try and see that and do whatever we can to challenge people to rise to the occasion.”
So says John Sullivan, a Foróige volunteer since 1964