Project Teen Ambassadors

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An exciting new Ambassador programme for teenagers is about to get under way in the Foyle area.

The Foyle Ambassador Programme is aimed at 14 to 17 year olds from Derry and Donegal who are interested in the natural environment.

The programme will run for 10 weeks, starting mid-September through to early December.

On Thursday evenings, the Ambassadors will meet at Loughs Agency headquarters in Prehen to undertake personal development activities such as communication, confidence building, citizenship, team work.

Then on Saturdays, they meet again to undertake an activity such as canoeing, sailing, powerboating, surfing, angling or a conservation project. During the programme, there will also be a weekend residential.

Gillian Simpson at the Loughs Agency said: “The common theme of the project is the River Foyle. The purpose of the programme is to get young people connected with the River Foyle, its tributaries, estuary, its wildlife and the recreational opportunities it holds.

“The programme also aims to connect young people from different communities within the Foyle catchment to share their experiences with.”

During the programme there will be opportunities to gain certificates such as CAST Awards for Angling, John Muir Discovery Award, Paddle Power Certificate and RYA Power Boating Level 1.

The programme is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Loughs Agency and co-ordinated through Co-Operation Ireland and St. Columb’s Park House.

Those interested can request an ‘expression of interest form’ by e-mailing Gillian Simpson at: gillian.simpson@loughs-agency.org.

Applicants will be invited at allocated times to meet with the project’s team leaders on Saturday, September 12th.