A LOCAL teenager is one of four people from across Ireland who have been elected to represent the youth of their region on a national council.
Megan Callan from Kilkerley has been elected to Foróige’s Reference Panel, a body of young people from Foróige Clubs throughout the country.
A member of Kilkerley Foróige Club, Megan, attended the panel’s first conference on Friday, February 11 in the Irish Management Institute, Sandyford, Dublin.
The conference, which was held over the weekend, consisted of guest speakers including RTE’s Dragon, Seán Gallagher; workshops; and presentations.
A former member of Ballyhaise Foróige Club, Gallagher spoke of the impact that his involvement in Foróige had on his life path and inspired members with his dare to dream attitude.
According to Megan, she intends to play an active role in shaping the future of Foróige.
“The Reference Panel Conference was amazing and I was really honoured to be elected to represent young people on the National Council of Foróige,” she said.
“I know that I can actually have an impact now, not just in my club but to Foróige as a whole. For me, it’s about standing up for what you believe in and representing the young people who are afraid to stand up and speak for themselves.”
The Reference Panel Conference gives young people a forum to discuss issues that affect them and provide solutions and recommendations to Foróige at a national level.
This year’s conference was focused on ensuring that young people are at the heart of Ireland’s social and economic recovery.
The six key areas for discussion were living the good life with less money; helping those in need; developing confidence and self belief; creating our own future; dealing with stress and pressure; and building connections.
Foróige works with approximately 50,000 young people aged ten to 18 every year through volunteer-led clubs and staff-led youth projects.
Founded in 1952, Foróige currently operates in 26 counties, with 480 Foróige clubs, and 142 youth projects, and youth information centres.