Four young people from Laois were among a group of 250 teenagers from around the world, who gathered in Kildare for Foróige’s Leadership for Life Youth Conference on Friday. The conference, which was launched on Tuesday, last on the grounds of NUI Maynooth, bringing together young people from the USA, Ukraine, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa and Ireland to learn how to become leaders in their own lives.
During the week-long conference, the teens learn crucial life skills such as empathy, decision making, communication skills, critical thinking and teamwork.
Seán Campbell, CEO of Foróige, said: “It’s so important for this event to be back again in person. The conference gives young leaders the opportunity to not only learn from the speakers and facilitators but to learn from each other in a fun and safe environment. Young people are playing a greater role than ever before in highlighting the issues that really matter and youth activism and community action are central pillars of our Leadership programme. I’m always in awe of what young people can achieve when given the opportunity.”
When opening the event Eoghan Flood, 18 from Truagh Foróige Club, Co. Monaghan said “I’m so excited to be continuing my leadership journey! I have learnt so much from this programme so far and feel so privileged to be here again this week.”
As part of the week-long conference, the delegates met inspirational guest speakers including
- Yemi Adenuga, the first black woman to be elected as a public representative in Ireland. Yemi is an outspoken anti-racism advocate and campaigner.
- Professor Mark Brennan, the UNESCO Chair for Rural Community, Leadership and Youth Development at Pennsylvania State University.
- Jordan Lee, professional high jump athlete on the Irish Paralympic tea