Ashling and Jack graduate from Foróige's International Leadership Programme

Leadership programme

Two Tipperary teens graduate from Foróige’s International Leadership Programme

Two young people from Tipperary participated in the recent Foróige Leadership for Life Conference in NUI Maynooth which ran from August 2-6.

Carrick-on-Suir’s Ashling Dunphy and Jack O' Meara from Clonmel attended the international youth leadership conference, along with 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 RTÉ 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.

“Leadership is a singular ability which is vastly important in the modern world and can be learned. It begins with leading oneself,” Foróige chief executive Seán Campbell said.

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

Mr. Campbell added that the 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.

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