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  • Northside East

Northside teens attend leadership conference

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018 7:59am
Northside teens attend leadership conference

The Northside teens pictured at the conference in Maynooth.

Northside teens attend leadership conference

The Northside teens pictured at the conference in Maynooth.

THIRTY-EIGHT young people from the Northside joined 250 other teenagers from India, the USA and Ireland in Kildare recently for Foróige’s Leadership for Life Youth Conference.

The conference, which took place on the grounds of NUI Maynooth, brought together teenagers to empower them to become leaders in their own lives.

Ireland rugby legend Paul O’Connell gave a talk to those in attendance as part of the Aldi guest lecture series, where he highlighted the importance of staying positive.

Paul O’Connell, Aldi Play Rugby Ambassador, said: “God-given talent is a myth: successful people work harder and smarter and that’s how they achieve their goals. It’s really important to keep positive. 

“Don’t let anyone say you can’t do something. You have the capacity to work, train and do anything you put your mind to. It doesn’t matter what it is, stay the course and be the person you want to be.”  

Seán Campbell, chief executive of Foróige, said: “These young people have come to this conference because someone in their lives saw their potential to lead, grow, develop and influence, whether that was a parent, Foróige youth worker or teacher. 

“Amongst other things, these teens will learn about resilience and perseverance this week, and further develop their ability to believe in themselves. 

“It’s more important than ever for these young people to realise that leadership is not about ego or personal advancement; it’s about showing the way and inspiring those around you to be the best that they can be.”  

Mr Campbell added: “The conference offers these young people the fantastic opportunity of exploring their own unique set of leadership skills, whilst encouraging them to believe in their own ability to make real and powerful positive change in the world.”

The 250 delegates, who were aged 15 to 18, graduated having completed various stages of the leadership programme.


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