New program at Aisling Irish Center aims to build youth's self-esteem and confidence through challenging experiences, developing the ability to manage personal and social relationships.

Foróige is the leading youth organization in Ireland and has been working with young people since 1952.

In 2017 the Foróige program came to the states with the first program in PA. Now in 2018, the Aisling Irish Community Center will be the running the New York program.

The purpose of Foróige’ s program is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their development and in the development of society.

The Aisling Center will offer Foróige to serve as a model to engage Irish American youth and give many younger people the opportunity to connect with their Irish heritage in a contemporary way. The program is geared to engage our youth in leadership and civic duties, and compliments the center’s community spirit of giving and involvement.

All Foróige Clubs, Projects, Services and Programs are designed to achieve these by; building self-esteem and confidence through challenging experiences, developing the ability to manage personal and social relationships, provide learning opportunities which enable youth to gain knowledge and develop new skills and to build young people’s capacity to consider risks and consequences, make informed decisions and take responsibility.

The program works with over 50,000 young people aged 10-18 each year through volunteer-led Clubs and staff-led Youth Projects. Foróige currently operates in 26 counties in Ireland, with more than 600 Foróige Clubs, 150 Youth Projects, the Big Brother Big Sister mentoring program, the Foróige Youth Entrepreneurship program, our Youth Citizenship and Youth Leadership programs.

About the Aisling Irish Community Center

The center offers classes to promote physical and mental well-being at every age. The chance to bring Foróige to the youth here in New York is a wonderful opportunity to engage today’s youth and build for tomorrow.

Over 20 years ago the center made a commitment to the community. The center accomplishes this everyday with social services including free counseling & crisis intervention, a homeless feeding program, and classes in health and fitness programs, the center offers comprehensive courses for all, particularly catering to those who wish to upskill for improved employment prospects.

The Aisling Center also offer a range of classes for children such as art, drama, yoga and karate For more information about the Foróige program for youth or to be a mentor contact

They continually look to grow and increase our programs and services and seek volunteers and support from all.

Check out their website,, contact the center at 914-237-5121 with any questions, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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