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Students have Fun with Fintech!

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71 students from two Dublin schools enjoyed the opportunity to expand their levels of financial capability by participating in intensive workshops run in partnership with Bloomberg.

‘Fintech for Students’ is designed to enable students to understand how to manage their own personal finances as well as gaining an insight into the intersection between personal economics, online banking, and e-commerce.

Bloomberg 2The opportunity to work with the students from St James’s Primary School, Dublin 8 and Our Lady of Good Counsel Boys National School, Drimnagh, Dublin 12, was made possible because of a gift from Bloomberg. Involving business volunteers from Diageo and SQS in facilitating the intensive workshop, hosted at the Digital Hub, ensured that the opportunity to encourage the students to get excited about entrepreneurship and to link their studies to the world of work was also maximised.

Ms. Fox, a teacher in St James’ Street Primary, said: “The chance to participate in this workshop in the Digital Hub is fantastic for the students. In addition to getting the chance to acquire and practice basic financially literacy and money-management skills, which is reinforcing someof the skills and concepts we work on in school, it’s a great chance for them to envision their own futures in a Bloomberg 3workplace. We all loved our morning – thanks to Bloomberg and all involved in making it happen.”

Helen Raftery, CEO, JAI, commented: “We are delighted to provide these opportunities with the support of our partner schools and organisations. It’s great to see the students getting the chance to practice new skills in a very exciting learning environment at the Digital Hub, and to see them gain confidence in knowing how to succeed in today’s evolving, global economy.”

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Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Science Fair Engineers an Interest in STEM


On 17 May, one hundred 6th class students from Talbot National School, Clondalkin enjoyed specially-developed workshops facilitated by volunteers at the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Science Fair in partnership with JAI.

Taking place at the Institute of Technology Tallaght (IT Tallaght) the Johnson & Johnson Science Fair enabled primary school students to gain Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design (STEM2D) skills and learn more about STEM-related roles, while particular emphasis was given to girls interacting with female role models at the workshops.

JJ Volunteer Siobhan Murphy with students Andrea Thorp Lolly SaluJ&J Volunteer Siobhan Murphy with students Andrea Thorp and Lolly SaluThe interactive workshops led by trained Johnson & Johnson 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. An overview of the different opportunities to study STEM-related courses at IT Tallaght and an address from the College Registrar, along with a tour of the campus by student ambassadors were also important elements of the day.

The Johnson & Johnson 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.

The Johnson & Johnson’s Science Fair is just one of many opportunities afforded to students thanks to J&J’s support of JAI. Across Campus Ireland, 175 J&J volunteers will reach 2,350 young people this school year through Junior Achievement programmes designed to encourage young people to remain in education and help them to develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world.

Cathal Carty, Home School Liaison Officer at Talbot National School, commented: “Our students thoroughly enjoyed the J&J Science Fair as it really brought the STEM subjects to life in a fun accessible way. Our J&J volunteers were great role models from industry, who underlined the range of career opportunities flowing from STEM subjects.”

JJ1J&J volunteers celebrate with students from Talbot National SchoolLeisha Daly, Country Director at Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, 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 IT Tallaght 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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Students Finance their Future with MetLife

MetlifeMarian College students at the Finance Your Future Workshop in MetLife on Hatch Street, Dublin 2

One of the core JA secondary programmes - Finance Your Future - has been developed and delivered with the generous support of MetLife Foundation. The programme explores earning potential, balancing personal budgets, future planning, risk and insurance.

To date, over 7,400 Irish students have benefited from Finance Your Future which is delivered in-class by business volunteers from a variety of our supporting organisations.

Photo 3Jen McCarthy welcoming Cabinteely Community School students to their Finance Your Future WorkshopIn addition to funding and supporting the Finance Your Future programme, we have had some wonderful MetLife Dublin volunteers deliver our programmes and run workshops on a local level since the beginning of our partnership in 2014.

This school year, MetLife hosted two Finance Your Future workshops on-site in Dublin, giving students the opportunity to experience a workplace environment, while learning valuable financial literacy skills from MetLife mentors.

Anthony Goudis, Vice President - EMEA Head of Financial Reporting & Analysis at MetLife, and his team hosted the first group of students from Marian college in February.

Students had the opportunity to work in a boardroom environment while learning about the career backgrounds of their volunteers and asking questions with regards to insurance, pensions and other important financial decisions.

 Photo 4Students making important budgeting decisions during the workshopThe second Finance Your Future workshop was with Frank O’Callaghan, Audit Senior Manager - Actuarial (EMEA), whose team welcomed students from Cabinteely Community College.

This session started with a careers presentation from Jen McCarthy, Vice President, Internal Audit at MetLife.

Students then worked in teams, along with MetLife mentors, to work out budgeting decisions, learn about the impact of education on future decisions and put their communication and teamwork skills into practise.

MetLife generously ended both workshops with pizza and refreshments as each student was issued with individual recognition in the form of a certificate of achievement. Thank you to MetLife and MetLife Foundation for their continued support and inspiring young minds.

Photo 2MetLife volunteer Ronan working with students from Marian College 



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More Than Money for Local Students at HSBC

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HSBC recently welcomed 28 students from Kildare Place School, Dublin 6 to take part in More than Money Workshops.

The More than Money programme teaches students the key differences among earning, saving, and spending; strengthens their money-management skills; and helps them to better understand the role and importance of money in their lives.

WP 20171026 12 04 19 ProHSBC has supported More Than Money over the last 10 years and this year the programme was revamped, with our 6th class students from Kildare Place School being some of the first in the country to see the new programme in action.

Nine HSBC volunteers - Helen Godsil, Doireann MacKenzie, John Craven, Clare Carey, Matthew Mellotte, Andrew Bowen, Damian Rooney, Audrey Hayes and David Boyce - kindly gave up their time to volunteer and lead the students who were divided up into small groups. The volunteers spent the morning introducing financial literacy and entrepreneurship in a fun and interactive way.

The newly redeveloped programme encouraged the students to use innovative thinking to learn money-management skills that support positive attitudes as they explore and enhance their career aspirations and their understanding of entrepreneurship. The students looked at saving, spending & earning money, practiced being SMART when making consumer decisions, played a board game, came up with new business ideas and worked on their business plans, as well exploring why businesses WP 20171026 12 05 01 Proimports and exports goods.

The teachers and students were extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity to be invited into HSBC to take part in the workshops. The students were also treated to lunch and were presented with Certificates of Achievements for their participation. Thanks to HSBC for hosting this wonderful event and for introducing money management and entrepreneurship to local students.

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Junior Dragons' Den at Optum Global Services

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Students from St Joseph’s Co-Educational School, East Wall recently visited the Dublin offices of Optum Global Solutions, located in the Spencer Dock area of the city, for a unique entrepreneurial experience.

Students spent the morning at Optum where volunteers took time out of their busy schedules to mentor their groups of students in preparation for much anticipated Dragons’ Den business ideas pitches to members of the senior management team, at this, Optum’s inaugural Dragons’ Den Event.

IMG 20171114 114101Students presenting their business ideas to the Optum 'Dragons'Optum’s mission, to help modernise the health care infrastructures of organisations and empower individuals as they take control of their own health, was very much in keeping with the ethos and objectives of Optum’s Dragons’ Den volunteers, who provided business mentoring and assistance of the students of St Joseph’s School, also empowering these bright and enthusiastic students, helping them gain an insight into the world of business and entrepreneurship!

Danny Boles, Associate Director, Optum Global Services, reflected on his experience: “As it was my first time volunteering, I would take part again as it is important to give something back to the community. Although time is precious for all of us, it is even more precious for children and me must make time for them to help them on their journey to adulthood so they can achieve their goals and dreams. You just never know – one comment or action may be the catalyst for them to do great things. Keep up the good work!

Both the teachers and students were warmly welcomed by the team of Optum volunteers. Students were very excited and engaged throughout the morning where they got to work early, receiving one on one mentoring and support from their assigned Optum Business mentor!

IMG 20171114 121538The stakes are high during student business presentationsBenefiting from the experience of team work, idea generation, brain-storming and deciding how they would bring their groups’ business ideas to the market, they were later given the opportunity to present to the hugely important and ‘influential’ Optum Dragons, who would ultimately decide on their level of investment in each group’s business proposal.

Presentation skills were developed, as well as the negotiation skills required to maximise the degree of Dragon investment available, without conceding too much of their company equity!

Lauren McKeon, Business Analyst, Optum Global Solutions said: “I was so delighted to get involved with the Dragons’ Den event and I loved working with my group “Clip’n’Go”. I was really impressed at how confident and innovative my team were. We had great discussions about sourcing suppliers, digital marketing, and lots more. Many thanks for the opportunity to help out, it was an excellent initiative and I really enjoyed it.”

Following a hugely successful day of learning and enjoyment, the students of St Joseph’s were presented with their well-deserved Junior Achievement – Optum Dragons’ Den Certificates of Achievement.

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