Attic House Teen Project overseas leadership programme to Africa

Attic House Teen Project overseas leadership programme to Africa

The Foróige Attic House Teen Project is undertaking an overseas leadership programme to Africa. 


The Leadership programme has become one of the most popular and beneficial programmes offered to young people aged 15 years + at the Attic House. 

This year was no exception with both Meán Scoil Mhuire and St Mel’s College offering Module One of the programme to the Transition Year students. 

Module Two was completed by 25 young people during the Easter holidays at the Attic House. The programme identifies the traits of a leader and what it takes to become good leaders including communication, attitude, work ethic and public speaking. 

Foróige’s Regional Youth Officer James Maher explained that the Attic House Management Committee decided it was again time to offer something unique to members and a plan to take an overseas leadership programme trip was initiated. Many young people applied to take part in the programme, however due to restricted places, only eleven young people were selected.

Mr Maher said the group will undertake various fundraising initiatives to raise the required amount of money needed to undertake the trip. 

“This will be done through communal fundraising with the Attic House but also through individual fundraising initiatives.”

Once funds are raised the group will travel to Cape Town and on to Gordon’s Bay for seven days and nights where they will engage with the Zola Township in South Africa and support the development of the education centre in the township. 

Mr Maher remarked that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the young people of the Attic House and one that will remain with them throughout their life. 

“The programme is a yearlong programme which will incorporate more leadership development and also preparatory work for theLeaving Certificate,” he added.

The first part of the fundraising programme for the trip is the Attic House Duck Derby. 

“If you see any of our young people out and about selling ducks for this year’s duck derby please support,” said Mr Maher. Ducks cost €5 and the derby takes place on Saturday, September 17 at 2pm in the Mall Park Longford. 

If you have any queries about Foróige, The Attic House Teen project or establishing a Foróige club in your area please contact Foróige’s Regional Youth Officer at or call (086) 9672920.