Summer is a great time for young people. The days are long and bright, there is no school and possibilities for fun seem endless. However, for many young people the opportunities to enjoy summer activities are limited. This is a time when young people can lose contact with their peers and become disengaged from support systems such as school and communities.
Youth Projects & Services
The 2nd annual Symantec 5k road race took place in Ballycoolin, Dublin 15 on Sunday 26th May in aid of Foróige in Blanchardstown. The event was kindly sponsored by Symantec, who were instrumental in organising and facilitating the event which attracted almost 300 participants.
The Foróige Ballyshannon/Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project have a wonderful summer programme lined up with local young people getting involved in art, drama, various sports and even surfing! Yes, surfing is back by popular demand.
As part of the X-HALE Youth Awards (brought about by the Irish Cancer Society) the X-HALE Film competition has been launched. A number of Foróige projects and clubs have contributed 2 minute films on the issue of smoking. Peer pressure, health effects and other topics are addressed by the young people.
The Foróige Ballyshannon/ Bundoran NYP hosted a Football Tournament on Thursday the 16th of May. Local guards, members of the army, teachers, surfers, volunteers and young people from the Neighbourhood Youth Project participated in a 5 aside soccer tournament to support young people in the area.
Valentine O'Kelly from Bundoran in Co. Donegal has captured the hearts of the members of her community with the level of time and assistance she has given to others in need. Val has been a volunteer with Foróige’s Ballyshannon/Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project (NYP) since it started operating over 12 years ago.