Two teenagers from Tipperary have received certificates in recognition of their efforts to become great leaders.
The teens were among 111 of their peers from around Ireland who graduated from the Foróige Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Programme during a conferring ceremony at NUI Galway on Friday night.
The graduates were deemed to have demonstrated a desire to lead from the front and set a good example to their peers through positive decision making and actions.
Patricia O’Gorman (16) from Skeheenarinky, said: “My communications skills have improved greatly because of all the community work that I’ve done and you’ve no choice but to meet new people. I used to be quite shy but the Foróige leadership programme has shown me that my views count and I can come up with good ideas. Meeting new friends was brilliant and we have all become so close. I think every young person should do this programme, I really do.”
Danielle Hackett (17) from Ballyporeen, said: “I’ve really come out of my shell because I was a bit shy. The Foróige leadership programme encourages you to come up with ideas and then you have to implement them. I’ve actually become a peoples person because as Patricia said, you’re kind of forced to interact with others and meet new people. I feel part of my community like I never did before and that is thanks to the Foróige leadership programme.”
Isobel Phillips from the Foróige Best Practice Unit, which manages the leadership programme, said:
“Foroige’s leadership for life programme enables young people to develop new skills like self awareness, communication and team building, and to set goals for themselves to be a force for good in their communities. As an organisation we’re incredibly proud of the young people who graduated on Friday from NUI Galway with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action. They’ve put a lot of work into achieving the certificate and we’re delighted to see young people being recognised for being the young leaders that they are.”