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Leadership for Life Programme in Castlebar and Ballina Print

Foróige, the national youth organisation, in conjunction with South West Mayo Development Company Ltd. and Mayo North East Mayo Development Company Ltd., are rolling out Foróige's Leadership for Life Programme in Castlebar and Ballina.

This exciting programme enables older teens and young adults (Aged 16-25) to develop the skills and qualities necessary to be good leaders, as well as challenging them to use these skills for the betterment of society.

The programme sets out to empower participants to make a positive difference to their community through practical actions and projects. Throughout the course of the programme, participants learn the core concepts of leadership and gain skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking, developing the leadership capabilities and potential of participants.

The Leadership programme consists of three, separate modules which will be run for 2- 3 hours  per week beginning September. See below for the programme and module outline.

Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action

In Ireland, Foróige's Leadership for Life programme has been accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway, as a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action. The programme was developed as a Lifelong Learning Initiative through partnership between Foróige and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre based at NUI Galway. It is accredited as a Foundation Course as 15 credits at NFQ Level 6.

The Normal cost of completing this programme, including certification and NUIG graduation, is in the region of €350. However; we are able to offer Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) funding for limited places to people who fall in to the NEET category. i.e. people who are not currently in in Education, Employment or Training. The funding covers the full cost of the programme, excluding €30 booking deposit.

This programme offers a unique opportunity for those seeking to upskill and gain recognised certification for the workplace. Capacity and funding is limited so Call or email for information. Ballina area contact: Stephaine 086 6017337 stephaine.cook@foroige.ie. Castlebar area contact: 086 8371339   ruairi.kelly@foroige.ie

Facilitated by trained Foróige staff at Castlebar Neighbourhood Youth Project

Aim & Outcomes

  • To enable participants to develop the skills, inspiration, vision, confidence, and action plans to be effective leaders.
  • To empower participants to make a positive difference to their society through the practice of effective leadership.

The programme will motivate and equip participants to:

  • Identify their personal strengths and the motivations that inspire them to become leaders
  • Develop a clear vision of what they would like to achieve as a leader
  • Develop a greater understanding of their style of leadership
  • Explore the challenges and difficulties of leadership
  • Develop clear communication skills
  • Explore local, national and global issues
  • Explain and apply methods of conflict resolution
  • Practice problem solving and critical thinking skills as part of a group
  • Identify goals and vision for the future and develop action plans to achieve these
  • Organise and plan a project
  • Understand and use the logic model for planning

Module 1 introduces participants to the concepts of leadership and the core skills necessary to be a good leader. Participants devise a personal leadership goal and begin planning and working towards achieving this, alongside workshops focusing on communication skills, self-awareness, values, and team problem solving.

Module 2 builds on the learning from module one, with participants continuing to develop core leadership skills, while working on a team research project investigating local, community, or global issues. Module 2 introduces planning using the logic model, and advances communication and personal development skills in addition to exploring conflict resolution, critical thinking and debating.

Module 3 enables participants to put into practice their learning from the previous modules by actively engaging in a community project of their choice, keeping a journal of their experiences, and presenting a portfolio on completion.


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