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.

Young people review the Foróige Reference Panel Weekend, February 2014

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Foróige February 28, 2014

Friday Night

Getting elected on to the reference panel, to me was a shock. I was over the moon and was intrigued to see what I was letting myself in for. Coming from a small club it was the first time that someone from our club got elected. The night before, as I packed my bag I began to feel anxious and nervous. I am an outgoing and confident person but this experience was going to be something I had never done before.

Should young people be able to vote in elections from the age of 16?

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Foróige February 28, 2014

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: and a responsibility survey: We urge you to get involved! 

No glass ceilings for Laura Greene, winner of Foróige NFTE International Business Plan Competition

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Foróige February 6, 2014

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.

F.A.B. FEB "Foróige Against Bullying" Month to take place this coming February

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Foróige January 9, 2014

Foróige is all about creating an atmosphere in which young people can flourish and grow to their best potential. Here comes FAB FEB, Foróige Against Bullying Month! We are asking all Foróige Clubs, Projects and Groups to participate. The theme is positive peer influence amongst young people. Positive peer influence is when those around you affirm and support you and encourage you to reach your potential. It involves positive interactions and social atmospheres that enhance each young person. This is part of the antidote to bullying.

Donegal teenager Declan McLaughlin invited to join the Model Organisation for Security & Co-operation

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Foróige December 9, 2013

Declan McLaughlin (18), a Foróige member from Donegal has been selected to represent Ireland and participate in the Model Organisation for Security and Co-operation. The OSCE is an organisation of 57 states from across the globe which addresses a wide range of security related concerns including arms control, confidence and security-building measures, human rights, democratization, poling strategies and economic and environmental activities. As part of this role, he will be travelling to Vienna, Belgrade and Basel over the next 12 months. We talked to Declan about this thrilling opportunity!

Teenpreneur Vanessa Mulhall attends conference on youth unemployment and meets President Francois Hollande

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Foróige November 18, 2013

Vanessa, a Foróige youth entrepreneurship programme graduate attended a conference on Youth Employment and Quality Jobs in Paris recently. She presented President Francois Hollande with a specially designed Pixi Pot which featured a French and Irish flag. Learn more about Pixi Pots at Vanessa's Facebook page here.