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Friday, 4th August 2017

Local teens attend international leadership conference


Pictured at the Foróige Leadership for Life International Youth Conference are (from left) Jason Nolan, Rebecca Adams, Beth Deery, Doireann McElroy.

Four local teenagers were among the 250 young people who attended Foróige’s Leadership for Life International Youth Conference in Kildare this week. 

The conference brought together teenagers from India, the USA and Ireland to learn how to become leaders in their own lives.

During the week-long conference the teens 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 enhances the vision, passion and idealism of young people by teaching them key leadership skills and challenging them to use these skills practically.

“Great leadership is grounded in respect and the ability to inspire. In the week ahead these young leaders will uncover the greatness within themselves and their own unique leadership style.

“Through challenging young people to explore their own values, and express themselves in ways they may not be used to, they develop skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and empathy. This skills are crucial in all walks of life.”

As part of the week-long conference, the delegates met inspirational guest speakers including:  

  • Dil Wickremasinghe, Social Justice and Mental Health Broadcaster, Journalist, Activist & Social Entrepreneur
  • Sinead Kane, first blind person worldwide to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days & Ireland’s first legally blind solicitor
  • Mairead McGuinness, the First Vice-President of the European Parliament and represents the Midlands-North-West constituency in Ireland.
  • Adam Harris, founder AsIAm a community organisation supporting people with Autism and their families.

Eamonn Mullens, Foróige, Jason Nolan, MEP Mairead McGuinness, Rebecca Adams, Sean Campbell, CEO Foróige,Beth Deery and Doireann McElroy.

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