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Xilinx Make Maths Matter

Xilinx Make Maths Fun & Interesting for Local StudentsMake Maths Matter 1John Mullen, Senior HR Manager, welcoming students from St. Ronan's S.N.S. to Xilinx

Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI), in partnership with Xilinx completed a very successful Make Maths Matter Workshop on 15th February 2017.

The Make Maths Matter Project 2016/17 offers 60 5th class students from West Dublin the opportunity to participate in a unique project, staffed by trained volunteers from Xilinx.

Make Maths Matter 2An intensive, maths-filled day involved the participants in a series of maths related challenges. Students worked together in small groups, facilitated by business volunteers from Xilinx, to play fraction and multiplication games, solving problems and calculating mileage using scale measurements. Each student also engaged in practical spatial-visualisation challenges. The volunteers from Xilinx ensured 60 students from St. Ronan’ Senior National School, Deansrath, Clondalkin enjoyed the opportunity to visit a workplace to explore practical applications for maths in a fun-filled variety of maths, games and activities.

 John Mullen, Senior HR Manager in Xilinx, said the event was: “We are delighted to be partnered with Junior Achievement as it is a wonderful opportunity to give back to schools in the local community. Today's Make Maths Matter workshop was  fantastic; so well organised and structured. The volunteers were very well trained and extremely good with the children while the wide range of activities kept the students engaged and interested - the students really did seem to enjoy the maths activities. Overall the project has been very positive for both Xilinx and local schools.”

Make Maths Matter 3Noel Morgan, 5th class teacher in St. Ronan’s National School, commented that:  “This was another hugely enjoyable and highly educational workshop. Thank you to Xilinx and Junior Achievement for providing this opportunity to our fifth class pupils, they really relished the chance to learn in a fun working environment outside of the classroom. We are already looking forward to the next Make Maths Matter workshop in May.”

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Let's Go with Disney!

Disney and Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) Promote Healthy Living

Disney 1Students from Stanhope Street Primary School, Dublin 7 with Disney volunteers after the Disney Let's Go programme

The Walt Disney Company Ireland have partnered with JAI for the first time to run a primary school programme focussing on healthy living. 

The pilot event took place in Stanhope Street Primary School on Thursday 16th February with 4th class students participating Disney 3in workshops and an innovation challenge.

The theme was healthy living and the teams engaged in a series of workshop activities over the course of a school day facilitated by six fantastic volunteers from Disney and joined by a wonderful volunteer from Creme Global.

The workshops were fun, interactive and the creativity and ideas presented by the students were inspiring.  The 4th class girls were hugely energised by the event and the volunteers kept pace!

We were delighted to be joined by Professor Niall Moyna (pictured below), Health and Human Performance at DCU who attended with four of his students. They will provide valuable feedback to Junior Achievement on the learning methodologies and content.Disney 2

Teacher Ms O’Grady said “It was a truly exceptional day.  The children were exposed to a beautiful selection of both fruit and veg in a wonderfully fun manner.  The volunteers were incredibly hands-on and kind to the children.  The group work was extremely educational, creative and immensely fun.  They will remember this day forever and they really got the message loud and clear about a healthy active life and passing on this important message to everyone at home and at school”.

150 students in Limerick will participate in a second Let’s Go event in May – we can’t wait.

A huge thanks to all involved.

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Career Ready 2014-2016: A Celebration of Achievement

Photo 7Students, mentors & guests at the Career Ready graduation hosted by Citi

29 students from three Dublin schools graduated from the Career Ready programme at a special ceremony hosted by Citi this week. To mark the completion of their two year programme the students were joined by the business volunteers who had worked as their mentors, representatives of supporting organisations and their special guests, Minister Paschal Donohoe, T.D., and Marissa Carter, CEO Cocoa Brown.

Photo 1Minister Paschal Donohoe, T.D. during his addressCareer Ready develops students’ potential by enabling their involvement in a range of activities including working with a business mentor for 18 months, visiting workplaces, attending masterclasses and completing work placements. The overall aims of the JA Career Ready initiative are to help students to recognise their potential, to develop and increase their employability skills, support their academic work and introduce them to the world of work.  The programme runs over two school years and the 2014-2016 cohort comprises twenty nine students from St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick St, Loreto College, Crumlin and Our Lady of Mercy, Beaumont.

Photo 3Marissa Carter, CEO Cocoa Brown, during her keynote address to students

The Career Ready 2014-16 mentors were supported by AXA, BNY Mellon, Citi and Pioneer Investments.  A & L Goodbody, Accenture, Cartrawler, Dell, Diageo, EisnerAmper, Gaiety School of Acting, JLL, LinkedIn, Roly’s Restaurant, Salesforce, Sunday Business Post, Twitter and TV3 collaborated with JAI to ensure each student completed an internship and attended masterclasses, while whole TY groups from the participating schools were accommodated in workplace visits.

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AIB Invest in Local Students

Invest In MeLiselotte Bibow, Noah Mullen & Nicole Kerrigan from Scoil Chaitriona If you've ever watched the programme 'Dragon's Den' then you'll know just how hard it can be to impress the dragons. Sometimes the budding entrepreneurs find themselves leaving the room with nothing. But occasionally the ideas are so good, the bidding gets quite competitive with the investors rushing to invest in the new business ideas.

And that's exactly what happened at the AIB/Junior Achievement Ireland 'Invest in Me' event with a group of schoolchildren in 4th, 5th and 6th class in Scoil Chaitríona on Baggot Street in Dublin.

The 20 students came into Bankcentre and worked with 10 AIB volunteers to design new business ideas based around the four Ps of marketing - Product, Price, Promotion and Place. These ideas ranged from an educational Rubik's cube, a GPS high visibility safety jacket to an intuitive speaking word scanner for visually impaired people.

"The level of presentations showed that the kids really worked hard on the product design, the research and also on their presentation skills," says Eoghan O'Neill of Corporate Banking and one of the dragons for the day. 

Invest In Me VolunteersThe Invest in Me volunteers - from left: Seán Ó Conaill, Edward O’Sullivan, Stephen McGurn, Conor Sweeney, Gareth Keogh, Elisha Melody, David Kilbride, Sean Mulvey & Sandra Kennerk"We dragons found ourselves fighting over each investment looking to outbid each other which was a great endorsement of the quality of the ideas. All the days of hard work building up to the eventual presentation to the dragons really showed on the day and most importantly it was great fun."

Another dragon was Colm 'The Gooch' Cooper, AIB's Youth Ambassador and of Kerry GAA, while James McCarthy of AIB F&L and Dublin GAA also gave encouragement to the students on the day.

"We aimed to create a fun environment for kids to learn and develop under the mentorship of AIB's fantastic volunteer base," explains Stephen McGurn, AIB's liaison partner for Junior Achievement Ireland. "Overall, the morning was a resounding success and we look forward to more events and programmes in the future for the 2016-2017 academic year."

AIB has been a long standing supporter of JAI and we celebrated 20 years of collaboration this year. Every year around 50 to 60 staff across all areas of AIB visit schools throughout the country delivering programmes designed by JAI.

Interview skills was top of the list for another AIB/JAI event when AIB hosted an Employability Skills Workshop for Marion College, a secondary school just behind AIB Bankcentre. This programme developed the techniques for those all-important future job interviews for a group of 25 students.


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Career Academies 2013-2015: A Celebration of Achievement

Career AcademiesGuest dignitaries celebrating with Career Academies graduates from St. Paul's CBS Secondary School, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 

Citi, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 was the venue for a very special event on 11th November as 29 students from three Dublin schools were joined by the business volunteers who had worked as their mentors, and their special guests Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin & Jim Gavin, Dublin GAA Manager, to mark the completion of their 18 month Career Academies programme.

Cathal ODalyCathal O'Daly of Citi welcoming the guestsIn welcoming the Minister, Jim Gavin and each guest, Cathal O’Daly on behalf of Citi, outlined the organisation’s ongoing commitment to its corporate and social responsibility programming. “At Citi we are particularly committed to promoting the value of education and I’m delighted to be joined by so many like-minded leaders here today. When it comes to our involvement in Junior Achievement, we have seen the benefits at first-hand for our staff as well as the students as they enjoy working through all of the well-designed activities together. The learning outcomes are clear for both the student and the volunteer. It’s a win-win for all involved.”

Formally opening the event, Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D. congratulated the students, teachers and mentors and all of the supporting organisations involved in the Junior Achievement Career Academies programme 2013-2015.  The Minister told the gathering: “As a former teacher and school principal, I MinisterMinister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin congratulates the graduateshave seen at first-hand how responsive young people can be when given an opportunity to shine. I am delighted therefore, to be here today to recognise each of the 29 students who, when given the chance to participate in this fantastic initiative, took maximum advantage.”

In concluding his remarks the Minister wished each student every success in the future and paid special tribute to the volunteer mentors who had shown such commitment and dedication to completing the programme with their students over the course of the two school years.  

The overall aims of the JA Career Academies initiative are to help students to recognise their potential, to develop and increase their employability skills, support their academic work and introduce them to the world of work.  The programme runs over two school years and the 2013-2015 cohort comprises thirty students from St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick St, Loreto College Crumlin and Cabinteely Community School.

Chloe & Lola from Loreto Crumlin describing their Career Academies experienceReflecting on their experiences, a number of students addressed the audience to thank the mentors and the many supporting organisations involved, which had enabled all of the students selected to enjoy participating in what one student described as a ‘life-changing’ programme.

On behalf of the teachers and participating schools, Mary Kelleher from Loreto Crumlin thanked all of the supporting organisations and the mentors and had a special word of praise for Junior Achievement Ireland: “Our responsibility to our students is to ensure they gain access to as many educational opportunities as possible so that they can develop their own skills and interests as the basis for a fulfilling career. Working with JAI we know the business volunteer will be well-trained and well-briefed. From my perspective I see the girls grow up as they progress through second level and those lucky enough to be involved in the Career Academies programme gain hugely from the experience.”

Cecilia Ronan, Chief Administrative Officer, Citi congratulated every graduate and presented each with a certificate of completion, and commended every one of the mentors for their willingness to get involved.

Jim Gavin Keynote Speaker Jim Gavin covered many themes including the power of role models.

His keynote address illustrated why Jim Gavin, Dublin GAA Football Manager is regarded as one of the best managers of his generation – his inspirational words and messages of encouragement to the students and their families left everyone in attendance feeling hugely positive. Every graduate was told by the guest of honour: “you have shown your commitment to your own success by completing the Career Academies programme.  I really hope you can lodge the confidence gained in your memory banks and know that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to – be resilient, be determined, work with the positive influences around you and you will succeed." His parting entreaty to all the guests was a fitting way to formally close the CA 2013-15 programme: "Be the best you can be.”

Many thanks again to all involved especially the following JAI-supporting organisations, without whose support CA 2013-15 could not have run: 3M, A & L Goodbody, Accenture, AIB, Astra Zeneca, AXA, Barclays, BNY Mellon, Careworks, Cartrawler, Certus, Citi, Cpl, Dell, JLL, LeasePlan, Leo Pharma, LinkedIn, Lisney, Microsoft, Pioneer Investments, Salesforce, Sherry Fitzgerald, StateStreet, Sunday Business Post and TV3.

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