350 teenagers from around the world gathered in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, for Foróige’s Leadership for Life Conference 2023. The conference, which was launched this morning on the grounds of NUI Maynooth, brings together young people from the USA, Ukraine, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa and Ireland to learn how to become leaders in their own lives.
The programme aims to enable LGBTI+ and ally young people to develop the skills, inspiration, vision, confidence, and action plans to be effective leaders, and to make a positive difference to their community through the practice of effective leadership.
Earlier this month over 90 transition year students from Tullow Community School, Presentation College Carlow, St. Leo’s College, CBS, Presentation De La Salle College and Knockbeg College spent four days in Carlow College taking part in Module 1 of the Foróige Leadership for Life programme. Over the course of the four days, students learned the core concepts of leadership and gained skills in areas such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and self-awareness.
On the same day that over 130 young members received awards in Croke Park for their participation in the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative, Dermot Earley Jr. was on the sideline guiding the Irish International Rules team in their test series match against Australia.
We wish to congratulate 146 young people who have graduated from NUI Galway with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action.
Foróige is now offering facilitator training for three of the organisation’s successful, youth-orientated programmes.