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.

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

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Foróige-Notinuse 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-Notinuse 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.

Foróige staff and young people participate in making of video "Do Children's Rights Matter?" with Children's Rights Alliance

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Foróige-Notinuse November 18, 2013

Foróige was delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of the Children’s Rights Alliance film project on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Not only did we have two Foróige young people working on the Young People’s Project Team, we also had three Foróige former members volunteering as facilitators in the workshops, our Advocacy Youth Officer working on the Advisory group and one of our Senior Youth Officers appearing in the film in an interview about access to recreation spaces for young people.

Kildare volunteer Stephen talks about volunteering with Foróige's Reference Panel

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My name is Stephen O'Leary. I’ve been a volunteer Club Leader with Foróige for about 3 years. I started a Foróige Club in Derrinturn, Co. Kildare and we now have 25 members! We have also started a Foróige Juniors Club this year which already has 36 members. I was elected as the Kildare representative on the National Council of Foróige and I also sit on Foróige’s National Executive. Some of the Foróige volunteers, staff and young people may know me from my tattoos! These are a big talking point with the new people I met while volunteering at Foróige's Reference Panel meet up this year.

"It's YOUR Foróige" Jessica Reid shares her experience as a member of this year's Foróige Reference Panel

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The Foróige Reference Panel aim is to bring forward ideas from our various regions across Ireland for group discussion and make recommendations to the National Council of Foróige on issues that affect young people. A number of representatives from each county are elected at Regional Conferences to attend the meetings. Throughout the year two meetings are held. This year they were held on February 22-24 and October 11-13. Jessica says: