Young People from Mayo Excel in Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards

Islandeady Foroige Club receiving the Gold Star Award.

Islandeady Foroige Club receiving the Gold Star Award.

The Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards in partnership with Aldi took place last Saturday July 2 in the Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre, Dublin. Islandeady Foróige Club scooped the Gold Star Award for its project "A village enhancement project including the re-development of a local slipway", and Cyber Crew Ballina Neighbourhood Youth Project won a Bronze Star Award for its project "An internet safety awareness campaign". There was lots of other Mayo involvement in the awards.

The projects from Mayo were as follows: Islandeady Foróige Club undertook a village enhancement project including the re-development of a local slipway; Belcarra Foróige Club carried out an inter-generational project to create a mural celebrating 100 years of community life; Aghamore Foróige Club held a fundraiser for an Alzheimer’s respite centre and the creation of a 1916 memorial garden; Big Brother Big Sister Programme Castlebar held a fundraising project to make the local hospital a more family friendly place; Castlebar Neighbourhood Youth Project undertook a creative anti-litter and dog fouling campaign; Ballina YouthBank carried out a campaign to promote positive mental health among young people; Swinford Foróige Club held a fundraising project for a local paralysed girl needing treatment in America; Comhairle na nÓg Mayo worked on a project introducing new discount student cards for teenagers; Crossmolina Foróige Club held an inter-generational afternoon tea dance; Louisburgh Foróige Club held a social inclusion project targeting the elderly and local farmers; Tooreen Foróige Club carried out a project to organise a St Patrick’s Day parade and boost community spirit; Teen Scene Neighbourhood Youth Project, Ballina, carried out a project to build relationships within the Foróige community; Ballina Neighbourhood Youth Project Juniors were involved in a anti-litter campaign for Ballina; Fiona Connolly from Big Brother Big Sister Programme carried out a restoration project for the local graveyard; Westport Neighbourhood Youth Project got involved in helping young people who live with parents who have mental health issues, to highlight they are not alone; and finally the Cyber Crew Ballina Neighbourhood Youth Project carried out an internet safety awareness campaign.

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