Foróige Tallaght staff, volunteers and youth groups from local communities celebrated in Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday May 24th. The evening of Celebrating Youth Citizenship was organised to acknowledge the effort of hundreds of young people from Tallaght and Whitechurch who have made a positive difference to the world around them and contributed to the development of their society.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and Independent TD for Dublin South West Dr. Katherine Zappone spoke at the event, calling it “a great opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the many achievements and excellent work being carried out by many young people and organisations in communities across Tallaght and Whitechurch.”
“By empowering young people to get involved in volunteerism and activism, we are also promoting activity which in turn is making a real difference to our communities. It is important that we celebrate the creativity and commitment of our young people and to have their hard work and achievements recognised and applauded.”
Minister Zappone thanked all the staff and volunteers of Foróige and all youth organisations for their commitment of time and energy to impact so positively on hundreds of thousands of young people and countless communities the length and breadth of the country.
“Organisations like Foróige and initiatives such as the Youth Citizenship Programme contribute greatly to the work for social change, and make a positive difference to Ireland and the world. Through their participation in this programme, many of our young people are becoming part of a positive movement of volunteering, and I hope this is something they will carry throughout their lives.”