Members of Laois Comhairle na nÓg gave a very detailed presentation on their current projects and activities at a recent meeting of Laois County Council.
Chairperson of the youth committee, Lysagh Redmond was the first to speak, she gave a rundown on the group.
“Currently we have 27 members aged from 12 to 18 years, representing all nine secondary schools in the county. We encourage civic participation and try to influence the adults who make policies,” Lysagh said.
Michaela from Portlaoise has been a member for the past year. She spoke about an information pack for living away from home was distributed to all Leaving Certificate Students and a campaign called “Be the true you”, which promoted positive body image, assisted by Foroige.
Bob Tysall from Clonaslee College told the councillors about a conference they held last year on the topic of positive mental health.
Bob continued: “The conference was supported by Youth Work Ireland Laois and Cllr Padraig Fleming nominated us for a LAMA award.”
Joy Charlie from Portlaoise spoke about the ‘Teens in Trouble’ project which focuses on issues such as bullying and public perception.
Mountmellick’s Ger Quinn explained a little about the administration of the committee.
“Every autumn we hold our AGM where we listen to other people’s views and they tell us what they want us to work on. We also report back on the previous year’s activities.”
Ger explained about the teens of laois website (teensoflaois.ie) and facebook page which has over 300 likes.