Six local teens graduate from Foróige's International Leadership Programme

Major achievement for local members of Foróige

Six local teens graduate from Foróige's International Leadership Programme

Six young people from Co Leitrim have participated in the Foróige Leadership for Life Conference in NUI Maynooth running from August 2 to 6.

The international youth leadership conference was attended by over 250 young people from across Ireland, the USA, Saudi Arabia and India.

As part of the week-long conference, inspirational lectures were given by RTE Broadcaster Joe Duffy, Fitness Guru Pat Divilly and Senator Joan Freeman who founded Pieta House.

The programme also included workshops on team building, critical thinking, communication skills and peer discussions on matters of global importance.

Speaking after the conference, Foróige Chief Executive Seán Campbell said: “Leadership is a singular ability which is vastly important in the modern world and can be learned. It begins with leading oneself.

“Great leadership is grounded in respect and the ability to inspire. These young leaders have been on an amazing journey this week where they have discovered the greatness within themselves and their own unique leadership style.

“This conference gives teenagers from vastly different cultures and backgrounds a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet with one common purpose – the development of our next generation of leaders,” he added in conclusion.

At the end of the Foróige Leadership for Life Conference, the 250 delegates from each of the four countries received certificates of achievement in youth leadership.