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Junior Entrepreneurs Get Down to Business in Xilinx

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6th class students from St. Ronan’s National School in Clondalkin sought investment for their innovative business ideas when they pitched to the 'Dragons' at the Xilinx Citywest Business Campus as part of an exciting Junior Dragons’ Den event.

The students created advertising and marketing plans for their new business ideas assisted by mentors from Xilinx. The students put the final touches to their business plans before presenting them to their peers, teachers and Xilinx business mentors in the Dragons' Den!

Principal of St. Ronan’s National School, Ms. Mary Fitzgerald said “Thank you to the Xilinx volunteers for their generosity and expertise in guiding their pupils through the whole process of developing, financing and marketing products for today’s consumers. It is a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to develop their orating skills outside the classroom and they made memories that they will cherish even after they leave primary school."

Xilinx 1Students and their mentor present their innovative idea to the Xilinx 'Dragons'

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AWAS celebrate their first year with JAI

AWASAWAS volunteers receive their certificates from JAI CEO Helen Raftery

We were delighted to mark AWAS' first year working with JAI with an award presentation in their offices on Sir John Rodgerson’s Quay. In that time AWAS volunteers have worked with more than 200 students in nine local schools.

AWAS 2Students from City Quay National School during a JA sesssion with volunteer Mary O'SullivanDuring the year 3rd class students from City Quay National School had the opportunity of visiting the AWAS office which is located just around the corner from their school. They received a full tour of the AWAS office space and had their certificates presented to them by their AWAS volunteer Mary O’Sullivan.

We have already begun planning for next year and we would like to pass on our sincerest thanks to the 10 AWAS volunteers who gave of their time to volunteer in the 2016/07 school year.

Many thanks again to AWAS for their support.

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Young Entrepreneurs Impress at Mercer

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5th & 6th class students from CBS Synge Street, Dublin 8 were invited to Mercer to take part in our Dragons’ Den event on 14th June 2017. The event was designed to encourage students to learn entrepreneurial skills and to design a business plan focusing on innovation and enterprise.

mercer 2The students met eight warm and friendly mentors from Mercer - Ged Quinn, Sheena Frost, Marian McCabe, John Mercer, Sinead Twohig, Lorraine Farrell, John Joe McArdle and Sarah Doody - who helped the students prepare their business plans and gave them advise on how to pitch their ideas to the ‘Dragons’ - Martine Ferland, Tom Geraghty and Stephen O'Driscoll. This resulted in the students receiving investment for their product / service ideas and each group received one of the following awards - Best Team Work, Best Presentation, Best Advertising/Marketing Plan and Most Innovative Idea.

Prior to the Dragons' Den event four Mercer volunteers assisted the students in their classroom where they came up with their product or service ideas and discussed the 4 P’s of marketing that fed into their overall business plan.

mercer 3Julio Portalatin, President & CEO at Mercer, attended this event and was extremely impressed with the students’ ideas and all the hard work they put into their business plans.

The students loved their visit to a local business and they were extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to be involved in such an exciting event!

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Mastercard JA in a Day!

mastercard 1Our Mastercard volunteers before their JA in a Day in Sacred Heart J.N.S.

Enterprise education means encouraging enterprise capability, supported by financial capability and economic and business understanding. This is at the centre of our objectives in JAI and is achieved each year with thanks to our supporting companies and volunteers.

mastercard 2MasterCard is one of our longstanding supporters with MasterCard volunteers having inspired and motivated students from senior infants to 6th year since 2011. They have done this through in-class programmes, interview workshops, maths through sports events and visits to the impressive Central Park office space in Sandyford.

Reccently 23 MasterCard volunteers visited Sacred Heart Junior National School in Killinarden, Dublin 24. In pairs, the volunteers delivered Ourselves, Our Families and Our Community in 11 of the junior classes. These programmes introduce students to the world of work, entrepreneurship, social studies and how families and communities work together – all delivered through interactive, hands-on activities, pitched at a level that’s in-line with their current curriculum.

mastercard 3The students were so excited to learn about the different jobs their volunteers had in MasterCard and to get to know them over the course of the morning as mentors and friends.When asked about the workshop, one 1st class student said;“The helpers in my class were so kind and helpful and made everything seem easier. I learned about so many jobs and that every family is different. I really liked meeting everyone today, I think it was my favourite day in school this year.”

One of our MasterCard volunteers said;“I had an amazing day yesterday! My class brought endless joy and entertainment to the day and they were such a pleasure to teach. Lots of different ways of thinking and everyone willing to participate. I will definitely be back next year!”

Thank you to Mastercard for such an wonderfully impactful morning.

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The Central Bank of Ireland Open its Doors to Local Students

Central BankGovernor of The Central Bank of Ireland Philip Lane with volunteers & students from Scoil Chaoimhin during their visit to Central Bank

The Central Bank of Ireland welcomed local primary students to their new offices for the first time this month.

central bank 5Students enjoying workshops with The Central Bank of Ireland volunteersStudents from fourth, fifth and sixth class in Scoil Chaoimhin, Dubin 1 took part in a financial literacy workshop led by 17 very enthusiastic Central Bank business volunteers.  The atmosphere was fantastic in Central Bank throughout the morning, with both students and volunteers really engaging in all the activities.

After an action packed workshop, students were very fortunate to meet with Governor Philip Lane and even had the opportunity to ask some questions about his role in the Central Bank.  Finally, students were given a guided tour of the Visitor Centre and learned about the history of currency in Ireland and how money is made through an interactive tour.

To wrap up a very interesting and educational visit, students were treated to a lunch before departing back to school. Thank you to the Central Bank of Ireland for welcoming local students into their new offices.

Central bank 2Students handling a gold bullion at The Central Bank of Ireland

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