improvement in community involvement over time
The young people involved in the youth leadership programme demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in decision making, critical thinking, life skills, leadership skills and community involvement between times one and time two. Furthermore, the benefits were maintained and built upon between time one and time three, as youth demonstrated statistically significant increases for empathy, communication skills and goal setting. This suggests that programme participants improved over the course of the leadership programme and beyond.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
Foróigne Youth Leadership programme
The purpose of the programme is to build young leaders and seeks to enable young people to develop the skills, inspiration, vision, confidence and action plans to be effective leaders. Moreover, it aims to empower them to make a positive difference to their society through the practice of effective leadership.
Over 1,600 young people have taken part in the Youth Leadership Programme to-date
young people aged 16-18 years
teilnehmende Kinder und Jugendliche
Evaluierung der Aktivität
Quantitative Fragebogenerhebung (schriftlich/offline), Qualitative Interviewbefragungen (persönlich), Fokusgruppen, Sekundäranalyse von Daten, Dokumenten, audiovisuellen Materialien etc.
This study involved a review of the national and international literature, together with a mixed methodology incorporating both a quantitative and qualitative aspect. Under the quantitative strand of the research, a total of 431 young people were recruited to the study, of whom 267 took part in the leadership programme (hereafter referred to as the Leadership Group) and 164 formed a comparison group (hereafter referred to as the Comparison Group). All participants in the leadership programme were asked to complete questionnaires at three time points over an 18 month period. The sample for the qualitative strand of the study was drawn from the quantitative sample just described. Young people who had the highest and lowest scores on the Adolescent Well-being measure at baseline were invited to take part in qualitative interviews. This strand of the research involved interviews at three time points. At time one 22 participants were interviewed and of these, 21 were also interviewed at time two. At time three a smaller cohort was selected from the initial group interviewed (n=6). A further 17 participants were selected to take part in ‘photo-voice’, an illustrative way of exploring the young people’s leadership journey. Five focus groups were also carried out with 23 programme facilitators (17 Foróige staff and 6 volunteers).
1) I think it is important to serve my community. 2) In general, how would you describe your level of involvement in your community? 3) Helping others is important to me.
survey: 431 (267 intervention group, 164 control group)