Coon-Mackalee Foróige Club, Cuffesgrange Foróige Club and the Drum Youth Centre were among 141 youth citizenship projects showcased at the permanent tsb Foróige Youth Expo. The Expo celebrates the positive contributions young people make to society through their voluntary involvement in the Foróige Youth Citizenship programme. 3,000 young people (aged between 10 and 18) the length and breadth of Ireland attended the event. Youth Expo is organised by Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth organisation in association with permanent tsb Bank.
The Coon-Mackalee club showcaseds a water safety project to help prevent children from drowning. Cuffesgrange Foróige Club sought to communicate and connect with hearing and speech impaired members of the community through a sign language project. Drum Youth Centre tackled the dangers of smoking by making a short film and running a poster campaign to highlight the negative affects of smoking amongst young people.
A wide variety of issues were tackled through the projects on display at the Expo including homophobic bullying, rural isolation, farm safety, suicide prevention and youth mental health among others.