Leadership for Life Programme

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From September 2020, TY students in North Monastery Secondary School will take part in the Leadership for Life Programme.

The development of young people as leaders is core to the work of Foróige. Foróige’s Leadership for Life is an exciting programme that enables young people to develop the skills and qualities necessary to be effective leaders, as well as challenging them to use these skills for the betterment of society.

The Leadership for Life programme sets out to empower young people to make a positive difference to their community through practical actions and projects. Throughout the course of the programme, young people learn the core concepts of leadership and gain skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, self-awareness etc. The programme sets about developing the leadership capabilities and potential of young people and gives them an opportunity to harness their skills and attributes to contribute to their society in a fun and encouraging environment.
The programme will run for 80 minutes each week from September 2020 until May 2021. Students interested in taking part in the programme, please speak to the TY Coordinator in late August.
There are three modules within the programme:
Module 1
Enables participants to explore what leadership is and the type of leaders they would like to be. Some of the topics they cover include:

  • Definitions of Leadership
  • Leadership Qualities
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-Awareness
  • Values
  • My Community
  • Philanthropy
  • Goal Setting
  • Presentations

Module 2
Enables participants to work with others to achieve a leadership goal. The module focuses on how leadership can have a positive impact on society by tackling both local and global issues. Module 2 also focuses on research skills, conflict resolution, critical thinking, and exploring leadership styles.

  • Research Methods for a Team Project
  • Leadership Styles
  • Self-Awareness and Values
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Presentations

Module 3

Enables participants to put into practice their learning from previous modules by actively engaging in a community action project of their choice, keeping a learning journal of their experiences, and presenting a portfolio upon completion.

It is suggested that the Community Action Project continues on from the individual Leadership Goal set in Module 1 or the group research project undertaken in Module 2 however this is not mandatory. Participants can work individually or in groups for their Community Action Project.

Where young people are coming together in groups, it is essential that everyone has an opportunity to use their skills. Learning journals and portfolios must be completed individually.