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International Youth Conference Aimed at Cultivating Future World Leaders kicks off
Leadership conference will be attended by 300 teenagers from around the world.
Teens from almost every county in Ireland will take part at week-long conference in NUI Maynooth, Co Kildare.
Young delegates have arrived from the USA, Palestine, South Korea, Northern Ireland, India, Nigeria and Kenya.
Conference comes after new study shows that teenagers who actively engage in leadership training manifest key skills including self-control, confidence and assertiveness.
Study also shows need for increased female representation in leadership roles. Conference delegate breakdown shows positive trend, with 65% of those attending being young women.
Hollywood star Matt McCoy is serving as Ambassador for the Conference.
Inspirational speakers include Olympic boxing silver medallist Kenneth Egan and the Irish head of internet giant PayPal Louise Phelan, among others.
The 5th annual Foroige Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life International Youth Conference was launched earlier today (July 29th) by young delegates from Ireland, Northern Ireland, the USA, Palestine, India, South Korea, Nigeria and Kenya along with Hollywood star Matt McCoy, Ambassador to the conference. Some of the 300 young delegates from around the world gathered at Dublin's Sean O'Casey Bridge, which spans the River Liffey, carrying their country's flags as well as large world globes.
Pictured with Matt was from left Jonathan Brown USA, Mohamed Abu Aisha Palastine, Naoimh Howe Ireland, Liam Horgan Ireland, Eunsol Lee, South Korea, Harshikha Agarwal India, Linnette Martinez USA and Emmanuel Edeko Nigeria. Matt McCoy has most recently featured in some of the USA’s biggest shows The Mentalist and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, though he is probably best known for starring in two 'Police Academy' films, 'L.A. Confidential' and 'The Hand that Rocks the Cradle'.