Youth Citizenship Awards:

Louisburgh Foróige love getting involved in community projects, and every time we do, we become better Citizens. Pictured below, Louisburgh Foróige was the first ever county Mayo Foróige club to win a Foróige Citizenship award, this was in 1970-71.

 

 

We recently attended the Foróige Citizenship awards in the RDS in Dublin. This was a great honour and our club did really well.

 

 

More info on the Foróige, Citizenship Programme:

 

The below info was published by Foróige Ireland, please visit their website where you will find a whole host of other information about this wonderful opportunity.

 

Visit their website ---> here.

 

 

 

About the Programme

 

Citizenship has been core to Foróige’s work for over 40 years, and the Foróige Youth Citizenship Programme in partnership with Aldi Ireland is a youth development programme that empowers young people to use their talents and initiative to make a positive difference to the world around them. It involves young people researching the needs of their community, organising practical action in response, evaluating the effectiveness of their work and reflecting on what they’re learning along the way.

 

Background:

 

The Citizenship Programme was established by Foroige in 1969. Youth civic engagement or citizenship refers to young people taking action to make their communities, schools or society a better place, by volunteering to do socially valuable work. Promoting active citizenship among young people has the benefit of both improving communities and promoting the social, psychological and intellectual growth of the young person. The core model underpinning the programme is one of ‘awareness, action, evaluation’ whereby young people undertake a three phased approach to identifying and responding to a community or social issue.

 

Aim & Outcomes:

 

Foróige’s Youth Citizenship Programme in partnership with Aldi Ireland aims to enable young people to make a positive difference in their community by taking part in a citizenship project. The programme will motivate and equip young people to:

 

Define what citizenship means to them

Research their community’s needs

Illustrate ways in which to benefit their community

Plan a project to meet an identified need using a planning model

Organise and manage their project

Evaluate the effectiveness of their project

Demonstrate improved communication skills, collaboration and civic responsibility

Receive positive recognition from their community