Ten young people from Mayo attend International Foróige youth leadership conference in Maynooth

Future leaders from Mayo at Foroige Youth Leadership: Back row: Ciara Carroll, Sive McDonald, Laura Kilgannon, Fionnan Gallagher, Joshua Boles, Rayna More. Front row: Mary G Duffy, Arron Hughes, Kian Kilgannon, Heather Joyce, Wiktoria Urawaka, Mary Gaughen.

Future leaders from Mayo at Foroige Youth Leadership: Back row: Ciara Carroll, Sive McDonald, Laura Kilgannon, Fionnan Gallagher, Joshua Boles, Rayna More. Front row: Mary G Duffy, Arron Hughes, Kian Kilgannon, Heather Joyce, Wiktoria Urawaka, Mary Gaughen.

Ten young people from Mayo joined 250 teenagers from India, the USA and all over Ireland in Kildare this week for Foróige’s Leadership for Life Conference.

The conference brings together teenagers, aged from 15 to 18-years-old, to learn how to become leaders in their own lives. During the week-long conference they learn crucial life skills such as empathy, decision making, communication skills, critical thinking and team-work.

Seán Campbell, CEO of Foróige, said: "The Leadership for Life programme enables young people to develop the skills, inspiration, vision, confidence, and action plans to be effective leaders.

"Great leadership is grounded in respect and the ability to inspire. During the week these young leaders uncover the greatness within themselves and their own unique leadership style.

"Young people have a greater role to play now, more than ever before, in the issues that really matter. Youth activism and community action is a central part of our Leadership programme and I’m both delighted and in awe of what these young people achieve when given the opportunity."

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