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Enterprise in Action in Palmerstown Community School

       A student shares her experience of the Enterprise in Action programme

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Aisling (second left) with classmates from Palmerstown Community School and Citi volunteer Sarah Macasieb

Our Transition Year business class spent six weeks learning about entrepreneurship and how to run a business, and what an exciting six weeks it was!

We started by reading through the Enterprise in Action programme workbook with Sarah. From this, we learned the advantages and disadvantages of entrepreneurship and the traits that a good entrepreneur should have. Sarah did a fantastic job of teaching the class about the skills needed to start up a business which we used when we came up with our own ideas.

Sarah really encouraged us to pursue business ideas that we were passionate about. This resulted in many different unique propositions from different teams, ranging from positive mental health keychains to fitness apps.

Once everyone had an idea, we got to work on writing business plans and making the products. The tasks were demanding at times but everyone enjoyed the challenge.

When the day finally came to visit Citi Bank, everyone was so excited (and a little bit nervous!) to pitch their ideas in front of the three judges. It was really interesting to see all of the different team’s pitches and how they came up with the idea for their product.

Later, when the final team wrapped up their presentation, Sarah gave us a tour of the building. Everyone we spoke to on the tour was extremely friendly and gave us great insight into what it is like to work in Citi.

The final thing we did that day was announce the winning team for the pitch presentation. We all had put so much effort into our ideas and our products that it didn’t even feel like a competition. Even though there was only one winning team, everyone had lots of fun and we were all just so proud to showcase all of the hard work we had done over the previous six weeks.

 This programme was hugely beneficial to all of the students in our class. From this programme we have developed many of our skills such as our problem-solving skills, oral and written communication, initiative and entrepreneurship skills and our ability to work in a team. It also helped to expand our imagination and be more confident.

We are extremely grateful to everyone at Citi who was involved and particularly to Sarah for devoting her time to teaching us how to be the best entrepreneurs that we can be.

For all of the students in our class, this experience has made business studies immensely enjoyable.

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Hard to Top this School to Work Day

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Louise Hyland from Top Oil recently delivered the Our Nation programme to 4th class students from St. Brigid’s GNS, Killester, Dublin 5.

During this in-depth and action packed five week programme, students role-played business ownership, produced a product using different methods of production, looked at the costs associated with running a business, created product advertisements, and took charge of their own businesses to make a profit!

Top Oil 2After concluding the programme Louise organised a site visit for Mrs. Delaney’s class to visit the Top Oil head offices in East Point. Louise had introduced working in a business through her JA programme and now the students would get to see her office and meet her colleagues in person.

The students were collected from the school and driven to the port where they got to see the largest oil storage tanker – which made quite an impression – and how the oil is transported. The students then got a tutorial in how to ‘drive a truck’.

Louise introduced all of the students to her colleagues, who explained their roles and the skills needed to work in a company like Top Oil, and the students even had an opportunity to ‘interview’ for their positions

To cap off an impactful day, the class were presented with their Certificates of Achievement and goodie bags kindly provided by Top Oil in their board room.

A huge thank you to Louise and all in Top Oil for providing such a memorable end of year experience for the girls from St. Brigid’s GNS, Killester.

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Wonderful World of Science brought to Life at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Science Fair

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One hundred students from 5th and 6th class from Our Lady Queen of Apostles National School, Clondalkin experienced the wonderful world of science during the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Science Fair in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI).

Taking place in the Tallaght Campus of Technological University Dublin (TUD) the J&J Science Fair enabled primary school students to gain skills related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design (STEM2D) as well as learn more about STEM-related roles. Particular emphasis was given to girls interacting with female role models at the workshops.

JJ Volunteer Students resizedThe interactive workshops led by trained J&J volunteers ranged from designing a new “medicine”, taking on the role of biomedical scientists, and conducting laboratory research to working as engineers to consider design concepts. Students were also provided with an overview of the different opportunities to study STEM-related courses at TUD-Tallaght Campus along with a tour of the campus by student ambassadors.

Studies show that 30% of Irish students don’t understand how STEM is relevant to their lives and 44% of Irish secondary school respondents believed that STEM subjects are more suited to men than women.

The J&J WiSTEM2D Youth Programme has been designed to advance STEM2D education, specifically of young women and girls globally, through community-based partnerships to reach over 1 million girls by 2020.

JJ Volunteers resizedJohnson & Johnson’s Science Fair is just one of many opportunities afforded to students thanks to J&J’s support of JAI. Across Campus Ireland, 100 J&J volunteers will reach 1700 young people this school year through Junior Achievement (JA) programmes and events designed to encourage young people to remain in education and help them to develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world.

Ms. Pauline Duffy, Home School Liaison Officer, at Our Lady Queen of Apostles National School commented: “The J&J Science Fair really opened our students’ eyes to the range of career possibilities that flow from studying STEM subjects. It is vital that our students get the opportunity to interact with role models from the working world, such as today’s fantastic J&J volunteers. I’m certain today’s event would have made a positive impact on how our students view STEM subjects.”

Patrizio Fatale Country Manager, J&J Medical Devices Ireland, part of the J&J family of companies, said: “It is vitally important to develop an interest in STEM before students enter second level education. The need to ensure more women see a future for themselves in STEM industries is well documented. Initiatives like the Johnson & Johnson Science Fair, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland, is an inventive way of tackling this issue.”

Helen Raftery, Chief Executive of JAI, said: “The educational value of students working with role models and getting the chance to learn in a different environment is well-established. Thanks to J&J, the students participating in the J&J Science Fair at TUD had a very exciting introduction to a variety of interesting topics in the workshops on campus. It is particularly pleasing to note that the girls attending today got so much encouragement to reach their full potential by considering one of the many careers available to them in to STEM2D-related roles.”

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Citi’s Long-term Investment in Dublin’s Youth

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Twenty years of industry-education collaboration was celebrated at a special anniversary event in Citi’s Office on North Wall Quay. The event marked twenty years of partnership between JAI and Citi which has resulted in more than 850 Citi volunteers inspiring and motivating 17,500 students across Dublin.

The morning event was attended by Citi volunteers, educators and students who had been impacted by the work of Citi in their community.

IMG 5636The event attendees experienced first-hand the learning impacts of a Junior Achievement (JA) programme from Aisling Corcoran, a transition year student from Palmerstown Community School, Dublin 20. Aisling had received the ‘JA Enterprise in Action’ programme taught by Citi volunteer Sarah Macasieb. The ‘JA Enterprise in Action’ programme is supported by the Citi Foundation and will reach out to more than 2,000 second level students this school year.

Reflecting on her experience Aisling said: “Our transition year business class spent six weeks learning about entrepreneurship and how to run a business, and what an exciting six weeks it was! We learned the advantages and disadvantages of entrepreneurship and the traits that a good entrepreneur should have. Sarah did a fantastic job of teaching the class about the skills needed to start up a business which we used when we came up with our own ideas. Sarah really encouraged us to pursue business ideas that we were passionate about. This resulted in many different unique propositions from different teams, ranging from positive mental health key chains to fitness apps.”

Lauren LaneAttendees also heard from Citi business volunteer Lauren Lane, who had returned to her old school as a JA student alumna. Lauren underlined the important of role models and giving back as she reflected on receiving a JA programmes during every year of her primary school education in St. James’s Street Primary School, Dublin 8.

Research has borne out that there is a great value in involving volunteers from the working world to help young people make connections between what they are studying in school and the ‘real world’. The importance of role models in helping us learn and develop is fundamental. When caring adults are involved in education, students do better in school and life, adults become empowered, and schools and communities grow stronger. 

citi 5Hosting the event, Sinead Henshaw, M.D. Operations Business & Chair of Community Affairs Group at Citi, applauded the work of Citi staff in Dublin classrooms, “We are delighted to celebrate 20 years of partnership with JAI and recognise the dedication of Citi staff who have reached out to more than 15,000 students throughout Dublin. It is wonderful to get involved with the local community while empowering the next generation to be the best they can be.”

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Mastercard’s JA in a Day - Priceless

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For the fifth year running a team of 25 volunteers from Mastercard generously took time out of their busy working day to volunteer at Sacred Heart Junior National School in Tallaght.

Undertaking a JA in a Day has become a regular fixture on the Mastercard CSR calendar. The ability to reach so many students in just one morning as well as the feel good factor for the volunteers are among  the many reasons Mastercard continues to collaborate with JAI and the school year on year.

Mastercard Volunters with JA BannerThis now annual event is very much appreciated by the school community in Tallaght too. They all pitch in to make the day run smoothly. There was a definite buzz around the grounds as the volunteers were brought to the 12 participating classes. The students were eagerly awaiting the volunteers and the promise of a fun filled morning. 

Gemma See, a first time volunteer, said she was delighted to get the opportunity to be involved with the JA in a Day as it’s seen as a wonderful way to give back. She had a few nerves but they disappeared soon after getting into the class room.  She is now looking forward to being more involved in future collaborations with JAI and hoping to visit her old school to do a Smart Futures Workshop.

The students were allowed to play their favourite song as the volunteers handed over the well-earned certificates at the end of the day. George Ezra was blaring down the corridors as the volunteers left the building to board the bus, job well done for another year!

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