Foróige is an Irish organisation whose purpose is "to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their development and in the development of society". Macra na Tuaithe, the youth branch of Macra na Feirme, was formed on 14 March 1952.
Foróige is Ireland’s leading, most successful youth organisation.
This purpose challenges and supports young people to involve themselves in:
· Developing their character and talents
· Thinking for themselves, reflecting on their actions and taking responsibility
· Having fun and making friends
· Building positive and helpful relationships
· Acquiring knowledge and skills for life
· Improving the community
Foróige clubs are run by the members, in co-operation with adult leaders. So, the activities of each club vary depending on the interests of the members and, often, the expertise of the leaders.
Foróige also provides a wide variety of programmes, including citizenship programmes that encourage young people to play an active role in their community to make it a better place and leadership programmes to nurture innate leadership qualities and capabilities.
Christmas 2017, Mountrath Foróige volunteered with team hope learning all about the sorting of shoe boxes and what happens once a shoe box is sealed up and ready to be sent.
Christmas 2018 we arranged to buy Christmas presents for the direct provisional centre ensuring that each child had something to look forward to on Christmas morning.
The Foróige club structure ensures that young people have ownership of their club. The members elect their own club committee (chairperson, secretary, public relations officer and treasurer) who control and manage the affairs of the club in consultation with members and leaders.
This gives the members a chance to experience democracy first hand. Members take responsibility for their actions and feel a strong sense of belonging, not only to their club but also to their community.
The Mountrath Foróige Club meets once a week for 1 ½ - 2 hours. At times throughout the year, we tend to meet more often if we are working on a project or planning an event.
If you wish to become a member of Mountrath Foróige or volunteer as a leader please contact Samantha on 085 1028837 or find us on Facebook; @mountrathforoige.