Foróige Futures: Alan Judge (Regional Youth Officer), Frances Sweeney (Volunteer Coordinator), Cyril Reilly (Development Officer) and Jim Maher (Senior Youth Officer)
Foróige has become one of the fundamental stepping stones for young people in County Longford.
With communities throughout the county embracing their young people and providing outlets for them to socialise and develop in a non-formal educational environment, Foróige is welcomed by communities as “the right fit” for teenagers.
Foróige has been the central hub of youth development throughout the country since 1952, providing youth clubs and services to young people aged 10 – 18 years of age.
Foróige Clubs are clubs made up of young people from the local community and are run by highly trained volunteers.
The Club is an outlet where young members can meet up, play games, experience new things, trips away, youth events, party evenings, citizenship programmes and leadership development.
In recent years the development of the now well established Foróige Attic House Teen project has seen hundreds of young people from primarily Longford town access the many programmes, and activities that Foróige has to offer.
Foróige Futures wants to bring the same youth work experience to rural centres around County Longford.
Foróige clubs are a unique structure as it is a democratically run club by the young people for the young people with the assistance and guidance of well-trained local adult volunteers.
Clubs can be juniors 10 – 12 year olds, Special Interest Groups that tailor for the specific needs of young people i.e. Senior Youth Group 15 -18 year olds.
Clubs meet on a weekly basis throughout the school year for an hour and a half.
There are three parts to a Foróige Club;
1. A weekly meeting of all members and volunteers where decisions are taken about all activities.
2. Work on planning and implementing agreed activities or programmes i.e. CV writing skills, Interview Prep, Leadership programmes, NFTE.
3. A chance for some recreation and relaxation organised by the young people with adult support.
Foróige Futures will also address the problem of early school leaving and low educational achievement in rural areas, where many students lack adequate access to support services.
Young people who have for various reasons fallen behind in the education system are identified on a local level by adult leaders through established youth clubs and local supports are put in place to help them navigate and progress in the educational system.
The Foróige Futures Project will work within communities to establish youth clubs in all areas of Rural
Longford in an effort to bring youth work directly to the young people living in rural communities around the county.
Through participation in this programme, rural communities will increase their resilience by safeguarding, harnessing and realising the potential of their population of young people.
The Foróige Futures Project will be launched on September 3 in Moyne Community School at 2pm.
Communities are asked to put youth work at the top of their agenda and contact the Foróige Futures Team to assist you in the development of young people in your area.
Contact Cyril Reilly on 086 0144832 or email Cyril.firstname.lastname@example.org or Frances Sweeney on 086 0144828 or email email@example.com.
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