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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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Fidelity Investments Shines a Spotlight on Careers for Girls


In celebration of International Women’s Day Fidelity Investments held a Careers for Girls event for 35 students at their offices in Citywest Business Campus.

222222Students from Our Lady of Mercy College, Beaumont participated in the event in which Fidelity volunteers gave insight into a range of exciting career opportunities through a series of presentations and interactive workshops. During the half day event, students were introduced to a variety of female role models working in both technology and business operations in Fidelity. Students had the opportunity to sit down with these women and ask them questions about their education, career paths and what a day in their job role would look like. Through this experience students learned about the wide range of career options available to them.

33333Fidelity Investments Ireland recently won the inaugural Women in Technology award from Technology Ireland in recognition of their support to women in technology. Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is a key focus of Fidelity’s CSR initiatives and the company works closely with JAI to help inspire future generations to consider careers in STEM.

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

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ICON Plc to Inspire Young Minds in Dublin

IconICON Plc volunteers are ready to visit schools throughout Dublin

JAI are delighted to welcome ICON Plc as a new supporting organisation this school year.

Founded and headquartered in Ireland, ICON is a global leader in clinical research and one of Ireland’s most successful indigenous companies, employing almost 14,000 people in 40 countries. The company’s mission is to help customers to accelerate the development of drugs and devices that save lives and improve quality of life.

Volunteers from ICON will help bring a passion for business and STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) to primary and second level students throughout Dublin. Students will also learn the link between subjects they study in school and the world of work.

ICON staff members attended a recent JAI information meeting to hear about the work of Junior Achievement in the local community. Staff members were given a taste of the programmes we offer to local schools, including launching a rocket as part of the Futurewize programme (sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland) and decision making as part of the Our Community programme.

The response was extremely enthusiastic and all volunteers have begun their programmes in the classrooms in recent weeks. Response from ICON volunteers has been extremely positive.

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Building SMART skills for better financial futures

Arrow Global starts a new partnership with JA Europe to equip thousands of young people in Europe with financial literacy skills.

ArrowArrow Global volunteers after their Balancing Act programme with students from Assumption Secondary School, Dublin 12

Today, it is more important than ever before that young people leave school with a good understanding of financial literacy. To help them make responsible and informed decisions as consumers of financial services, Arrow Global PLC has teamed up with Junior Achievement Europe to deliver financial education across six countries in Europe.

Based on successful partnerships with JAI and JA Portugal, Arrow Global decided to expand the programme to the UK, Albania, Italy and the Netherlands Commenting on the partnership with JA Europe, Lee Rochford, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “I’m delighted Arrow is partnering with Junior Achievement Europe to equip around 2,200 young people with vital employability and financial literacy skills. This is perfectly aligned with our Group-wide Purpose, which is to build better financial futures for our customers but also the communities where we operate. I’m excited by this partnership and that over 200 of our employees will benefit from helping young people.”

arrow 3Arrow Global volunteer Claire Stapleton presents a student with her Certificate of AchievementTo celebrate the expansion of the partnership, students from Assumption Secondary School, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 participated in the Balancing Act financial literacy programme led by volunteers from Arrow Global's Dublin office.

As a leading European credit and asset management business, Arrow Global purpose is to Build Better Financial Futures for all its stakeholders including communities where it operates. Arrow Global considers financial education as an essential life skill that makes young people more attractive to employers, as well as essential to take responsible financial decisions as adults. By involving schools in those six countries, JA programmes run throughout the year and help young people understand the link between good financial skills and a successful business or professional life.

At JA, we see financial literacy as a key skill that supports long-term outcomes like entrepreneurship and employability. We aim to ensure financial education becomes part of the curriculum within entrepreneurship education modules. Eventually, skills-based volunteering schemes like this one with Arrow Global contributes to bridging the financial skills gap and equip young people to succeed in a global economy,” added Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe.

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