THREE Limerick youth groups were among 141 youth citizenship projects nationwide which showcased at the permanent tsb Foróige Youth Expo, which celebrates the positive contributions young people make to society.
Loobagh Area Youth Project, Loobagh Area Project Kilfinane Group and Croom Youth in Action joined in the region of 3,000 young people from across the country aged between 10 and 18, at the event held at the RDS, Dublin.
Youth Expo is organised by Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth organisation in association with permanent tsb bank.
As part of their work, Loobagh Area Youth Project ran a youth disco in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Loobagh Area Project Kilfinane Group meanwhile, ran a fun day in aid of animal welfare and Croom Youth in Action held a family fun day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society’s Shave or Dye initiative.
“This exhibition paints a valuable picture of what is important to young people in community life today and how they believe they can shape a better Ireland. The wide variety of projects are both practical and inspirational and demonstrate how young people are making a positive difference as active citizens,” said Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD.
Paul Maher, chairperson, National Council of Foróige said Foróige’s Citizenship Programme supports and encourages young people “to be catalysts for positive change to enhance communities both at home and abroad”.
“This youth expo presents a highly compelling insight into an honest and self aware group of teens who are highly motivated and engaged members of society,” he said.
Niall O’Grady, Head of Marketing at permanent tsb said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Citizenship Programme in association with Foróige and to celebrate all that is positive about young people. Our association with Youth Expo and the citizenship programme allows us to support the local communities.”