Six local teenagers attend youth leadership conference

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Six local teenagers  attend youth leadership conference

Pictured are: Back row: Josh Ward. 3rd row: John Heslin. 2nd row: Grainne Reynolds, Siobhan Maguire, Molly Prior. Front row: Lauren Fox

Six young people from Leitrim joined 250 teenagers from India, the USA and all over Ireland in Kildare this week for Foróige’s Leadership for Life Conference.
They were Siobhan Maguire, Josh Ward, John Heslin, Lauren Fox, Grainne Reynolds, and Molly Prior.
The conference, which was launched on Monday morning, July 29 on the grounds of NUI Maynooth, brought together teenagers, aged 15-18, to learn how to become leaders in their own lives.
During the week-long conference they learned crucial life skills such as empathy, decision making, communication skills, critical thinking and team-work.
Seán Campbell, CEO of Foróige, said “The Leadership for Life programme enables young people to develop the skills, inspiration, vision, confidence, and action plans to be effective leaders.
“Great leadership is grounded in respect and the ability to inspire.
“In the week these young leaders uncovered the greatness within themselves and their own unique leadership style.
“Young people have a greater role to play now, more than ever before, in the issues that really matter.
“Youth activism and community action is a central part of our Leadership programme, and I’m both delighted and in awe of what these young people achieve when given the opportunity.”
The 250 delegates, aged 15 to 18, graduated last Friday morning, August 2, having completed various stages of the leadership programme.