Youth groups’ community projects showcased at Foróige Expo

Young people from two Carrick-on-Suir youth groups have showcased their work at a national Foróige youth exhibition.

Young people from two Carrick-on-Suir youth groups have showcased their work at a national Foróige youth exhibition.

A makeover project for Carrick-on-Suir schools spearheaded by St. Coleman’s Youth Conference of the St Vincent de Paul and a youth exchange programme run by Carrick-on-Suir Neighbourhood Youth Project were among 141 youth citizenship projects featured at the permanent tsb Foróige Youth Expo July 1.

The Youth Expo celebrates the positive contributions young people make to society through their voluntary involvement in the Foróige Youth Citizenship programme.

Three thousand young people, aged between 10 and 18, from the the length and breadth of Ireland attended the event.

Youth Expo is organised by Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth organisation in association with permanent tsb bank.

St. Coleman’s Youth Conference SVDP undertook a makeover project for local schools and Carrick-on-Suir Neighbourhood Youth Project tackled the challenges of accepting different cultural beliefs through a youth exchange programme in its project.

A wide variety of issues were tackled through the projects on display at the Expo including homophobic bullying, rural isolation, farm safety, suicide prevention and youth mental health among others.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald TD, in her address to the Expo, said it painted a valuable picture of what is important to young people in community life today and how they believe they can shape a better Ireland.

“The wide variety of projects are both practical and inspirational and demonstrate how young people are making a positive difference as active citizens,” she said.