Through the X-HALE Youth Awards, the Irish Cancer Society encourages youth groups and youth organisations to play their part in helping to prevent young people in their communities from starting to smoke. X-HALE provides resources to youth groups to deliver message to the young people about the issues around smoking which are important in their community. Seven Foróige videos won in their categories! You can check out each of the videos by clicking on the links provided.
Carrick-on-Suir Neighbourhood Youth Project, Co.Tipperary are the winners of the ‘Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards 2013’ with their project "Glamour Gels". This project offered a series of beauty and pampering sessions to the local Day Care Centre, Active Retirement Centre and local residents to help combat elder loneliness and improve intergenerational relationships.
Bravo to Ballineen Foróige in Co. Cork who have planned a seriously cool festival to renew community spirit as part of their Foróige Citizenship project! The ‘Le Chéile Festival’ will take place from Friday August 23rd to Sunday August 25th. The club have put tremendous effort into creating a superb line up thanks to the fundraising efforts they’ve carried out all year. Highlights include Jack & Cormac from Britain’s Got Talent, children’s fancy dress party, Heritage Walk and Talk, comedy hypnotist Adrian Knight, family outdoor cinema, opening of €250,000 playground by special guest Joanne O'Riordan, Cork circus entertainment, Beat the Keeper Competition with Eoin O'Donovan from 'Football's Next Star' and 'The Gathering' music and entertainment.
As part of Foróige’s Youth Citizenship programme, we will be running a national showcase event on the theme of Celebrating Young People as Creators of Change. The aim of the event is to recognise the wonderful contributions to their community that young people have made over the period July 2012- July 2013. It is about celebrating these young people who have made a real difference to the world around them and enhanced the quality of life of their fellow citizens. There will be a system of commendation for projects that excel.
Foróige has embraced evaluation! Young people are benefiting from their engagement in our clubs and programmes.The outcomes that young people are gaining are tangible, realistic and worthwhile. This is great news for us as staff and volunteers, great news for our young people and great news for our funders. All of the time you invest working with young people is paying off. Young people are doing better because of the time you give and now we have real results that back up our work. The time that young people voluntarily spend with us does lead to better outcomes for them.