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Fidelity Investments reaches for the stars with Astro Pi

Astro PiFidelity Investments opened its doors to 30 students from St. Ronan’s National School, Deansrath to give the young students some insight into the exciting world of STEM.

The European Astro Pi Challenge offers young people the amazing opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in space by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry Pi computers aboard the International Space Station. Astro Pi is an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The students were split into small teams and eight volunteers from Fidelity Investments worked with the students teaching them about the Astro Pi mission and how to write code. Embedded within the code the students wrote their team’s communication messages which would be transmitted and shared with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Through this interactive workshop experience students learned about the world of STEM and how the magic of technology can bring people closer together.

Thank you to all volunteers who shared their time, expertise and enthusiasm with the students for this powerfully influential event.

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Mastering JA programmes with Mastercard!

mastercardMastercard made their annual visit to Sacred Heart Junior National School in Killinarden last week.

For the past 8 years, Mastercard volunteers have taken time out of their busy schedules to work with the senior infant, first and second class students.  The long standing relationship that Mastercard and JAI have with the school is clearly evident when you see the welcome that the volunteers receive from staff and students alike.

This year twenty volunteers  thoroughly enjoyed working with the three different age groups on the Ourselves, Our Families, and Our Community programmes . These JA programmes introduce students to basic economic concepts and help to develop positive associations with the world of work.ms

Sean White, who was participating for the fifth time, said “I really look forward to this event each year and I am happy to sign up when it comes round. It does not matter how often I have done the programme I still get something out of it. The students are always engaged and interested in the smashing materials and the really great programme content.”
Catherine Duffy, who volunteered for this event and is also currently facilitating a five-week JA programme in another school, said “I love coming in to the class and seeing the wonder on the students' faces! They are inspired and motivated by the range of great content and activities that Junior Achievement have put together for them, I am happy to participate every year.”
Over the course of the day the twenty business volunteers worked with over 187 students from 10 different classes! Everyone involved is looking forward to next year already! 

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Dublin Students Celebrate Being Career Ready After 2 Year Employability Programme

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Students from three Dublin schools have graduated from a unique work readiness programme for senior cycle students at a special event hosted by AIB at its new HQ on Molesworth Street.

IMG 1511Career Ready is managed by JAI on behalf of the Citi Foundation to enable 30 specially-selected senior cycle students’ involvement in a range of activities designed to increase their work readiness including: being paired with a business mentor for 18 months, visiting workplaces, attending masterclasses, participating in an overseas educational trip and completing work placements. This unique initiative is supported by a wide array of business and industry leaders who see the benefit for students as they come to recognise their potential, develop their employability skills, enhance their academic progress and introduce them to the world of work.  The 2017-2019 cohort comprises thirty students from St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick St; Loreto College, Crumlin and Our Lady of Mercy, Beaumont.

Loreto College Crumlin 2On behalf of Citi, the lead sponsor, Sinead Henshaw, Global Head of Account Services and JAI Director, congratulated all involved from both Citi and all of the other supporting partners, and said: “Research bears out the great value in involving volunteers from the world of work when trying to help young people make connections between what they are studying in school and the ‘real world’. For my colleagues & I Career Ready offers a structured, well-designed and meaningful programme to support students from local communities. When they join us on internships and participate in masterclasses, they remind all of us of the diverse range of talents that go into making up a successful team. It is always energizing to share their youthful enthusiasm!"

St. Pauls CBSDeputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Tom Brabazon joined the students to celebrate the completion of the two year work readiness programme and commend all of the mentors and other business people involved in supporting the Career Ready initiative. In acknowledging the achievements of the students, Deputy Lord Mayor said: “By challenging themselves to apply for and participate in the Career Ready programme, these young people have taking their first steps in shaping their own futures. By completing this programme they have acquired new skills and explored new interests. Most importantly – their determination to maximise their potential while being willing to accept help and support from others means they should have every confidence in their ability to achieve their goals in the future. I would like to congratulate them on their achievements and thank all involved for making this unique learning experience available to the next generation of leaders.”

IMG 1707Over the course of the morning graduates provided reflections on their Career Ready experience, no mean feat in front of 160 attendees. Guest speakers included Nicola Connolly-Byrne, Empowerment Specialist and Founder of I AM POSITIVE MINDSET, who connected directly with the graduates about belonging in every room, finding their tribe and taking responsibility for their own words & actions while Claire Bergin, CSR Manager in Deloitte, spoke from a mentor and corporate supporter's perspective. Attendees also had the pleasure of hearing from Adam Byrne, a Career Ready alumnus who provided his thoughts on the impact the programme had on his current career trajectory.

Career Ready MentorsMentors, masterclasses, workplace visits and internships for Career Ready 2017-19 were available to students because of the generosity of the following organisations: A&L Goodbody, Accenture, AIB, Arrow Group, Barclays, Central Bank of Ireland, Citi, Core, Criminal Courts of Justice, Deloitte, Diageo, Dublin City Council, Eisner Amper Ireland, Franklin Park, JLL, Optum Services, Paul Dicker Consulting and Standard Life.

Mary Kelleher, Transition Year Coordinator in Loreto College Crumlin, commented on the importance of Career Ready for her students: “Career Ready comprises an incredible set of opportunities for students to gain insights into the working world. Engaging with professionals from a wide range of industries and enjoying masterclasses/ workshops in the workplace and so on really has a significant impact - opening students’ eyes to the range of possibilities that are available while helping them to see the relevance of their studies to their post-school choices.”  

IMG 1509JAI CEO Helen Raftery reflected on the importance of role models in helping us learn and develop: "When caring adults are involved in education, students do better in school and life, adults become empowered, and schools and communities grow stronger. We are very grateful to Citi and all our corporate partners for their support of the Career Ready initiative and AIB for kindly hosting this event to celebrate the students and their mentors on the completion of the 2017-19 programme.”

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Junior Dragon's Den gets down to business in Metlife

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The 4th Class students from Scoil Una Naofa sought “investment” for their entrepreneurial ideas when they pitched to the “Dragon’s” in Metlife as part of Junior Achievements Dragon’s Den event recently.

The event marked the completion of the students enterprise programme ‘My First Business’, during which they created advertising and marketing plans for their new businesses. In the weeks previous to the finale, Metlife volunteers visited the classroom introducing students to what it means to be an entrepreneur, and putting final touches on their business plans, before presenting them to their peers, teachers, and Metlife volunteers – a Junior Dragons Den!hard at work

The enthusiastic volunteer group shared their own real life experiences with the students, motivating them to become future entrepreneurs. The class visit to Metlife was a wonderful opportunity for them to pitch their ideas to business professionals for the first time outside the classroom and see how products could enter the market and impact their local community.

“Thanks to the support of the MetLife Foundation we have been able to partner with Junior Achievement for a number of years, delivering classroom programmes and events that encourage a culture of enterprise within the education system, helping students to develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world. Programmes like Dragons Den impact positively on students’ learning, specifically in the areas of entrepreneurial thought and understanding business, but mostly in developing their own confidence when presenting ideas and building negotiation skills. MetLife’s associates get a great kick out of working with such confident and creative students, and also get the chance to build on their own communication skills. These types of events instil a passion for serving the common good by giving employees the tools and opportunities through which they can enhance the community around them.” – Rory Conway (VP Chief Compliance Officer EMEA).

Junior Achievement aims to bridge the gap between school and the world of work to inspire students to remain in education. With the support of the Metlife Foundation. the Junior Dragons’ Den is one of many opportunities being afforded to students in this academic year.

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JAI Alumna brings Career Success to Hartstown Community School

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Mary was a student in St. Dominic’s Secondary School where volunteers from Accenture ran the “Career Success” programme with her class when she was in TY. Now working in KPMG, Mary volunteered to facilitate the same programme with the TY students in Hartstown Community School. Throughout the Accenture supported programme Mary helped students prepare for the world of work by developing their communication, team-work and interview skills. To end the five weeks, students were invited into KPMG offices in December to partake in mock interviews with volunteers, Lynn, Daniel, and Louise.

20191206 105514The TY Teacher, Eoin Brady, said “The Junior Achievement programme was a corner stone of our TY in Hartstown Community School, it was a great foundation for our students as they choose their subjects and explore their career options. Mary was a very enthusiastic volunteer, and we were so lucky to have her. The students related extremely well to her as she grew up close to the school, she is someone who represents Dublin West so well.”

The students engaged so well with Mary, with one student commenting “I enjoyed Mary’s enthusiasm when working with us, she was kind and understood our way of thinking, she was best suited for this role.” Junior Achievement would like to thank Mary for her enthusiasm and experience, the students really benefitted from the programme. It was wonderful to have a JAI alumna volunteer to give back to students so they could receive the same guidance as she did as a student. 

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