Young Voices

These articles reflect the opinions and ideas of young people who may or may not be involved in Foróige. They represent the views of the authors as individuals and not necessarily the views of Foróige as an organisation.

How to get involved in Foróige's Reference Panel for 2015

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Foróige December 9, 2014

As a youth development organisation, it’s essential for us to consult with young people to ensure we are meeting their needs.

For over 30 years, the Foróige Reference Panel has been fulfilling the role.  This group has had a huge influence on many decisions and initiatives in Foróige.

So how do you get on to Foróige’s Reference Panel – a group of 64 young people who get together make recommendations to our National Council and bring about change, while representing 54,000 young people involved nationally?

Laura Carney and Vanessa Mulhall speak about attending the Smart People Smart Economy Conference (#Smart14)

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Foróige November 17, 2014

[As part of the 'Smart People, Smart Economy' youth conference, the US Embassy, in partnership with Foróige, sponsored an intensive three-day module for young leaders from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The SMART Youth Conference took place at the US Embassy from the 6th to the 8th November 2014. It began with the hosting of a lecture with Gay Byrne on the 6th November in the US Ambassador’s Residence. The overall aim of the module was to focus on youth leadership and the skills required to be successful in a 21st century workplace.]

Can young people revitalise democracy? Foróige members Lauren and Aisling went to Strasbourg to find out!

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Foróige November 17, 2014

The World Forum for Democracy took place in Strasbourg from the 3rd to the 5th November and two Foróige members, Lauren Lehane and Aisling O’Callaghan were in attendance. They are both active in Foróige’s youth participation initiatives and input regularly into the running of the organisation. They have also graduated from our Leadership programme.

"What I value most are the things I take from Foróige. The more you put in, the more you receive." - Ciara Fennessy, Ratoath Foróige Club

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Foróige November 5, 2014

Ratoath Foróige are busy as always and just last week attended the Youth Citizenship Awards Final 2014 in Dublin Castle. To our absolute delight, our Slí na Sláinte (Path to Health) project won us the enormous victory. We are the first victors from Co. Meath and are extremely grateful.

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."

32 young people have participated in a Tall Ship sail around Ireland. Here's Foróige member Kirsty Hayes (16) to tell us all about it!

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Foróige August 18, 2014

In May 2014, 32 young people from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland took part in a 7 day youth exchange on a tall ship, the Morgenster. Two Foróige members were lucky enough to take part in the sail, Kirsty Hayes and Cormac Whelan. Kirsty (16) from Co. Cork has composed an article about her experience.

A week living on a tall ship alongside 31 strangers is bound to present its challenges, but late night watches and close living quarters made strangers into one big family. The adventure began for the Republic of Ireland participants in the Dublin Port Centre at 12:00 on Sunday 25th of May. From here we piled our mountain of “unnecessary” luggage into a small overheated bus and began a 3 hour bus journey to Belfast.