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Clondalkin Students Count4Success!

In partnership with Fidelity Investments and Xilinx, a very successful Count4Success event was hosted on 10th February 2015 at Xilinx.

Count4Success is a fun, hands-on maths workshop showing students how maths is part of everyday life. All of the activities take maths out of the textbook, allowing the students to participate in practical maths and science activities, making it a fun and exciting way to learn. Working in small groups, faciliitated by trained business volunteers from Xilinx and Fidelity Investments, each student gets to experience how a selection of basic mathematical principles are applied in our everyday lives.    

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Along with over 180 other supporting organsiations, Xilinx and Fidelity Investments partner with Junior Achievement so that their staff can be trained to volunteer and serve as professional role models, interacting with local students. Through the carefully-designed programmes, the volunteers discuss in an appropriate setting the kind of jobs the students might enjoy when they grow up and the importance of studying maths and other subjects.

Count4Success is one of three inter-linked phases of the Make Maths Matter project, involving 130 students from two local primary schools in West Dublin: Talbot Senior National School, Bawnogue, Clondalkin and St. Ronan’s National School, Deansrath, Clondalkin. Along with the Count4Success event hosted by Xilinx, students have also enjoyed working with volunteers in their classrooms and to round things off plans are underway for them to enjoy a fun-filled, maths-themed visit to a 3rd level institution later in the term.

The Make Maths Matter project is quite an undertaking and we are grateful to the principals and teachers, and to all involved in Xilinx and Fidelity Investments for partnering with us in bringing these opportunities to these young aspiring mathematicians! 


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Bright Futures at Central Bank

On 27th November, 42 budding financiers from City Quay and Rutland Street primary schools visited the Central Bank on Dame Street to complete their Junior Achievement programmes in appropriate fashion.

Central Bank volunteers Caroline Rowe and Anthony Horrigan delivered the Our Community and Our City programmes to the students from the two schools over a five week period. The students were thrilled to find out that a special trip to the Central Bank was on the cards once they completed their programmes!

CentralBankSusan Quinn, Rutland Street NS; Governor Patrick Honohan; Olwen O’Connor Maguire, City Quay N.S. & Helen Raftery Junior Achievement Ireland.

On their arrival at the Central Bank, the students were escorted to the 7th floor, where they got a panoramic view of the city – an impressive and appropriate setting in which to receive their certificates of achievement from Governor Patrick Honohan, who made a special appearance to welcome the students.

Michael, one of the students from Rutland Street gave an impromptu but impressive overview to the governor of all the important things he had learned over the course of the Our City programme including savings, facts about interest rates and opening a bank account!

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Great Volunteers at Gas Networks Ireland Celebrated!

On the 12th January the achievements of Dublin-based Gas Networks Ireland volunteers was the cause of celebration. In the 2013-14 school year 29 volunteers inspired and motivated 620 students in 22 schools facilitating Junior Achievement programmes and the Gas Networks Ireland-sponsored Science Forward events.

Thank you to all our volunteers for lending you time and expertise in inspiring and motivating local students. It is greatly appreciated. Pictured below are some of the volunteers following the presentation of their certificates.

Gas Networks Ireland

A special thank you to Caroline O'Connor and Kira Fox for their support over the past year. We look forward to another fantastic year with Gas Networks Ireland in 2015!

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Sinéad Groarke

Sinead PicSinéad joined Junior Achievement in 2014 as Programme Coordinator for West Dublin/Kildare. She previously had a successful career in the Financial Services sector.

Sinéad is an advocate for community volunteering and has previously volunteered for Foróige, Simon Community and Special Olympics World Summer Games. She is a graduate of the National University of Ireland Maynooth and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Finance.

Sinéad was inspired to join JA after volunteering to teach a number of primary programmes.

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Elaine O'Brien-Lynch

ElaineElaine is a dedicated community development worker (both local and overseas) with 15 years experience of empowering communities through adult education, financial literacy and one to one coaching.

CIPD accredited Training and Development Specialist with successful career in the financial services sector,  Elaine is a Qualified Financial Advisor maintaining this status through Continuous Professional Development. 

Having recently completed a degree in Managing Voluntary and Community Organisations Elaine joined the Junior Achievement team in October 2014 where she now supports North Dublin City partner companies and schools. 

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