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Inspiring Young Minds – Junior Achievement celebrates 20 years of success in the Louth Region

 Louth Breakfast Morning 2Stephen Kenny with Chloe Durnin O’Brien, Justine Carroll, Oisin Coleman and Tadhg Dowdall from Scoil Mhuire na nGael National School

Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) was joined by Louth businesses, teachers, students and special guest Stephen Kenny, Manager, Dundalk FC to celebrate 20 years of industry-education partnerships in Louth, kindly hosted by Prometric.

The morning event focused on JAI’s mission to inspire and motivate primary and second level students to maximize their potential by valuing education and understanding how to succeed in the world of work.

IMG 3084Stephen Kenny presenting to guestsSpecial guest Stephen Kenny, Dundalk FC commented on how “JA programmes instil a drive and determination in students, assisting them in maximising their potential and being the best they can be. This is something I am extremely passionate about and I am delighted to celebrate Junior Achievement’s 20th anniversary and recognise the important work they are doing in the Louth area.”

Speaking from an educational perspective, Audrey Flood, TY Coordinator, O’Fiaich College stated that, “JA programmes are an essential learning experience for the students in O’Fiaich College by "inspiring young minds". They establish an essential link for our school with local businesses and provide our students with an opportunity to hear first-hand about the world of work and entrepreneurship. The programmes reinforce the work we are doing in the school and help to equip the students with the skills they need going forward into further education and employment, including financial literacy skills, entrepreneurial skills, decision making skills, communication skills etc. The programmes are age appropriate for the different year groups and hold the attention of the leaners because of their interactive nature. Junior Achievement opens the student's minds to innovative ways of thinking and encourages them to consider career options from a young age by planting the seed of achievement, attainment, and progression.”

IMG 3104Students from Scoil Mhuire na nGael National School share their experience with the guestsThe breakfast briefing attendees experienced first-hand the learning impacts of a JA programme as 5th class students, Chloe Durnin O’Brien, Justine Carroll, Oisin Coleman and Tadhg Dowdall (all aged 11) from Scoil Mhuire na nGael National School shared their experience of the 'Our World' programme, which was delivered by business volunteer Amy Clinton from Prometric.  The students demonstrated their newly-acquired knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. They shared their learnings on how technology and communications are critical growth areas in the global marketplace and they demonstrated their knowledge of entrepreneurship and global trade connections.

Hosting the event, Brendan Gallagher, Director, Prometric provided a business perspective of why Prometric are involved in JAI, “In terms of staff development, JAI is a fantastic mechanism for our organisation’s training and development goals as not only are the students left feeling inspired and motivated to achieve their full potential, it also enhances the skill-set of our workforce, from presentation skills to time management and teamwork to name a few. It is certainly a rewarding and fulfilling experience for our team and something Prometric is proud to be a part of.”

Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland, said “We at Junior Achievement Ireland truly appreciate the generosity of business leaders in the Louth Region in enabling almost 1500 students to participate in JA programmes and events during the 2016/17 school year”. In highlighting why JA programmes are so impactful, she said: “research shows us that helping young people to see the relevance of their academic studies to their everyday lives is a vital factor in persuading them to stay in school and to take maximum advantage of the opportunity that education offers.

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A Morning to Remember at Donegal County Library

Donegal Co Co County Library visit Senior Infant students from St. Patricks N.S. LetterkenyStudents from St. Patrick’s N.S. Letterkenny in Donegal County Library

Ms. Gardiner and her senior infants class had a morning to remember when they left their classroom and came to visit The Donegal Library in Letterkenny. Mary Elliott and Noelle Sandilands were there to greet them and explain how the library works. Mary read a JA story about the importance of saving money, then the children did activities to reinforce what they had learned from the story. Noelle posed some riddles to the students and read a lovely story about a little boy and his dragon. The class then spend some time choosing books and had plenty of questions for Mary & Noelle. 

Senior Infants class teacher Ms. Gardiner said "It was a fantastic morning filled with learning and fun. I'm sure the library will have a many more members after today's visit. We are so grateful to Mary and Noelle for inviting us in and making today so memorable. We love being part of the programme."

Donegal Co Co County Library visit Mary Elliott Noelle Sandilands Teacher Ms. Gardiner with her Snr InfantsDonegal County Library volunteers Mary Elliott & Noelle Sandilands with Ms. Gardiner and her class

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Marine Harvest Making Maths Fun for Local Students

Fanad Kerrykeel students

99 students from seven schools in Fanad and Keerrykeel took part in the Marine Harvest ‘Working It Out Event’ in the Rosnakill Hall. Nine Marine Harvest volunteers guided the students around five different sporting activities and when the whistle blew, it was time to work out the scores. The students used percentages, averages, decimals and fraction to calculate their scores in a fun and practical use of maths.

Aoife McElwaine, Principal in Ballyheerin National School, said: “The Marine Harvest staff were so professional and quickly build up a rapport with the students. The whole day ran like clockwork. The added extra of the maths element  brings this sport event to another level. Sincere thanks to Marine Harvest and JAI for providing this fantastic opportunity for our local students to get together.”

This is our fourth year partnering with JAI, which enables our staff volunteers to deliver programmes in seven local Donegal national schools. As well as delivering classroom based programmes to the students our staff volunteers also participate in school to work initiatives, where the student visit our operations as well as the annual 'Working It Out' event in Rossnakill. The 'Working It Out'event is always well attended by all the schools and encourages students to mix and engage in mathematical based activities through physical exercise.” Maurice Kelly, HR Manager, Marine Harvest.

Patricia Friel, Programme Coordinator in the Border Counties for JAI, commented that “The Marine Harvest 'Working It Out' encourages these young students to see that mental maths can be fun. I really want to thank all of the Marine Harvest volunteers for their hard work ensuring these students had a morning to remember. Junior Achievement is celebrating its 20th year in Ireland and its fourth year working with Marine Harvest.”

Marine Harvest VolunteersMarine Harvest volunteers - Back row Left to Right Darren Carr, Theresa McElwaine, Bridgena McFadden, Bernie Friel, Marie McElwaine, Laura Hegarty, Phonsie McAteer Front Row Julie Coyle, Patricia Friel (JAI) Bernie McElwaine

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CombiLift Volunteers Teach Students to be Business Savvy

           CombiLift600x450Students from Scoil Éanna Ballybay, pictured with volunteer Kevin Duffy & their Teacher Liz Duffy, during their class visit to CombiLift

CombiLift volunteer Kevin Duffy recently taught the 4th class 'Our Nation' programme to students from Scoil Éanna, Ballybay. Over five weeks, students role-played business ownership, produced a product using different methods of production, looked at the costs associated with running a business, and took charge of their own businesses to make a profit! At the end of the programme Kevin invited the 4th class students on a site tour.

Class Teacher Liz Duffy expressed her sincere gratitude to CombiLift for affording them with the opportunity to participate in this initiative. “I cannot recommend the programme highly enough. Kevin was fantastic and engaged with us fully and answered our endless questions. The tour of the factory consolidated our weeks of learning about business and the site tour of CombiLift was a very fitting end to the initiative.” Afterwards, one student enthused, "I would love to go to University and learn how to design the machines. Maybe I could work in CombiLift someday.

Mairéad Mohan, Programme Coordinator, JAI commented, “We have some really fantastic companies in Monaghan who are not only creating employment in our local community but who are also actively working to prepare the future generation for the world of work. We are very grateful to CombiLift and our 16/17 CombiLift volunteers; David Hatchett, Brendan Sullivan, James Sheerin, Kevin Duffy, and Colin Gray.”

FullSizeRender 2 400x300Students from Scoil Éanna testing out the Aisle Master

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New PayPal 'Balancing-Act' Programme Launched

                                     PayPal Run Financial Literacy Programme in DundalkPayPalLinda Curtain, PayPal and Ann Butler, JAI pictured with students from St. Mary’s College, O’Fiaich College and Coláiste Rís at the launch of ‘Balancing-Act’

16 classes and approximately 415 transition year students from six secondary schools in Dundalk, Co. Louth are set to take part in ‘Balancing-Act’, a practical financial literacy programme sponsored by the PayPal Financial Inclusion Charity Grant Programme.

Students will be welcomed in to PayPal over three days where more than 50 trained PayPal volunteers will deliver the IMG 1216 200x133Students from Coláiste Rís captured practicing the art of being a ‘savvy shopper’‘Balancing-Act’ programme. The programme, which is designed and developed by JAI is comprised of three modules and aims to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills in accounting and financial management. Through interactive, hands-on activity based modules, students will grasp the basics of credit, budgeting and sensible shopping, which will help encourage them to become good money managers now and into the future.

Upon completion of the workshop, students will be given a tour of PayPal and learn about the potential careers they could have there in the future.

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