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Foróige

National Network: 
Ireland
Address: 
Foróige Ozanam Hse St. Augustine St. Galway
Galway
Ireland
Telephone: 
0035391561002
Mobile Phone: 
00353869068328
Mobile Phone (other): 
00353860436784
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
1952
General Information: 

Foróige is a charity, it employs over 380 full time staff, has over 5,000 adult volunteers and over 50,000 members aged 10-18 years. Foroige has an annual budget in excess of 18 million euros funded primarily from government grants but also with substantial philantrophic and some fund raising.
The orgnaisation operates generic youth clubs over 600 nationaly run by adult volunteers and members, it runs family support, justice and lcoal youth services. In addition the organisation has a nuber of national programmes including Big Brother Bog Sister, Leadership for Life and Citizenship.
The organsiation also runs internationmal exchange programmes and annual leadership conferences with young peopel coming from all continents. Programmes are designed and evaluated on an ongoing basis by the Best practice unit and indpendently by various universities.

Mission and Objectives: 

The organisation beleives that all humans are unique and creative, the purpsoe of the organisation is to empower young people to consciously and actively contribute to their own devlopemtn and to the development of society.
Foróige operates through learning by doing, neve doing for a young person what they can do for themselves. Young people are active memebrs of the organisation taking full responmsibility for runningtheir clubs and are actively invovled in the goevernance of the organsiation being represented on the National Council and National Executive.

Main Projects / Activities: 

The core organsiation centres on the Foróige youth club which is run by adult volunteers and youth members.The club is run democartically with the all officer positions being held by elected members.
Adult leaders facitate the clubs. Each county has a district council where club leaders neet to arrange inter club events and training. Local projects include family and adolescent support funded thorught he HSe, Justice projetcs targeting young peopel referred for support from the Gardai (police) and local youth services inclusing heath cafés funded through the local education authorities. Natioanl programmes include Leadership for Life, Teenage Health and training for young Entreprenurs. BIG Brother Big Sister is a national metoring programme run in communites and schools.
International cultural programmes and cultural integration programmes are also run in assocaition with Alan Kerins Projetcs and the UNESCO Chair for Youth and Civic Engagement based in NUI Galway. Programmes and activites are educational and informal all particiapation is voluntary.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

Foróige has over 60 years of experience in designing delivering and evaluatin youth work programmes in Ireland. Foroige has strong vibrant links and partnerships with youth organisations in many different countries.

Foroige has a strong tradition of evaluating programmes and activities both internally and through independent organisations and universities. Foróige is Ireland's leading youth developemt agency it has an experienced and vibrant staff and volunteer base.

Foroige can bring a body of experience knowledge and good will with a proven track record for initiaive and working in partnership in additon Foroige is a willing and active learner prepared to learn from the experience and knowlesge of others.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

Foróige have close links wiht the National Youth Council and have been active particiapnts in intercultural exchanges.

Foroige also work in partnership with the UNESCO Chair and Alan Kerin projects supporting oyuth and community education programmes in Kaoma Zambia.

In addition the Leadership for Life annual conference involves young people from all continents for the summer conference.

The ALF Network will strengthen our links with agencies involved in similar programmes and allow us to learn from and work with other agencies and partners.