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Europe4U Empowers Galway Students to Understand the Advantages of EU Membership

Minister 1Ciaran Cannon, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with Eoin Mac Aonghusa of Coláiste an Eachréidh and Caoimhe Rohan of Presentation College Athenry

Students from Presentation College Athenry and Coláiste an Eachréidh had a morning to remember recently when they learned all about the benefits of being EU Citizens through Europe4U 2018, an initiative run by Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI).

IMG 4531Europe4U is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Communicating Europe Initiative, and was opened by Ciaran Cannon, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development.

Europe4U is designed to inform second level students of the advantages of being an EU citizen and what rights are drawn from their citizenship. Comprising a number of interactive activities, Europe4U helps students and participants to gain an understanding of the benefits to the individual and wider community that EU citizenship brings. The students’ teachers and volunteers from local businesses were also actively engaged in the event, as they gave up their time to bring the activities to life.

Students learned that as an EU member, Irish people are eligible to work in any other EU country – from Luxembourg to Latvia, Poland to Portugal – without obtaining a Visa. The entire continent is open to these young people to study, live, work and explore.

IMG 4606On completion of the workshop, the EU Quiz winners were presented with prizes and each student that participated in the event was presented with a Certificate of Achievement.

Minister Cannon, in addressing the students, said:

“We are stronger together, using our combined strength to help to shape the future - your future. Being an EU citizen also gives you something to be proud of. It tells the world something about you. It tells them that you are part of a community that has come together on the basis of peace, freedom, democracy and equality. The European Union should matter to you. It is constantly evolving and changing. And, in order for those changes to reflect your wishes, you must be part of making that change. You must be involved. Because the EU’s future is your future and your future is the EU’s future. So I encourage you to learn from today and to use it as a stepping stone for becoming involved in your Europe.”

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Galway Students Manage their Money with MetLife During National Volunteering Week

218Finance Your Future students from Our Lady’s College with Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland and Rory Conway, Chief Compliance Officer at MetLife

Over 200 students in Galway have benefited from increased levels of financial capability after receiving the MetLife Foundation supported Finance your Future programme facilitated by MetLife volunteers.

Finance Your Future is designed to enable students to understand how to manage their own personal finances and to link education and career choices with the work of work. Over 1,500 nationwide have received the programme taught by trained volunteers from the business community.

20180518 110656Students from Our Lady's College presenting to MetLife volunteers and guestsTo celebrate the achievement of the programme students from Our Lady’s College, Galway showcased their new money management skills during a special Volunteering Week 2018 event in MetLife, attended by MetLife volunteers and Mike Cubbard, Deputy Mayor of Galway City.

Rory Conway, Chief Compliance Officer at MetLife, said: “Junior Achievement Ireland offers MetLife employees a fantastic opportunity to give something back to their community and advance financial education for young people, which is part of MetLife Foundation’s global commitment to financial inclusion. By teaching JA programmes such as Finance Your Future, our employees develop their leadership and communications skills, while sharing their knowledge and skills with local students.”

Students 202 Jessica Stenson Shauna CurranStudents Jessica Stenson and Shauna Curran with Rory Conway, MetLife; Mike Cubbard, Deputy Mayor of Galway City and Helen Raftery, CEO of JAIConor Diskin, Our Lady’s College, Galway commented on the impact of the programme on his students:"The Finance your Future programme has been a huge success. It gives our students a real-life experience of managing their finances and also helps them to link their education to their future careers. It’s such a beneficial programme at this stage in their education."

A further 250 students in Galway have benefited from additional JA programmes facilitated by MetLife business volunteers which are designed to encourage young people to remain in education and help them to develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world.

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Boston Scientific Open a World of Discovery for Galway Students at Challenge Science 2018

260418 22Jenny Reidy, KayLynn Walsh & Sorcha Brennan from Presentation Primary School, Tuam using forensic science with Carol O'Doherty, HR Business Manager, Boston Scientific

More than 100 primary schools students in Galway have experienced the wonderful world of science at Challenge Science 2018, thanks to Boston Scientific and NUI Galway.

260418 41Volunteers & students eagerly await the start of Challenge Science 2018The enthusiastic young scientists from Scoil Mhuire Brierhill, Presentation Primary School, Tuam, Cregmore N.S. and Carrabane N.S. were tutored by business volunteers from Boston Scientific during this exciting event held in NUI Galway (NUIG). The volunteers shared their experience of working in the medical device industry and held workshops on Forensic Science, Defence against Disease, Careers in Science, Technology and Engineering. Students were also treated to a tour of the Science Department and Campus at NUIG by student volunteers from the ALIVE programme who spoke about their experience at university.

The event workshops provided an exciting insight into the world of science and each of the activities focused on a highly topical and interesting scientific subject – such as the use of science in solving crime or the vital role of bioscience in protecting against the spread of disease and bacteria. 

260418 12Conor Predergast & Isabelle McHugh from Cregmore National School learn all about bacteriaProf. Donal Leech, Dean of Science at NUIG, said: “NUI Galway are proud to host Challenge Science 2018, helping to inspire primary school students and to encourage them to consider studying STEM subjects in secondary school and eventually in NUI Galway so that they can become the scientific explorers and problem-solvers of the future!”

The enthusiasm of the students was evident throughout the day. Carol O’Doherty, HR Business Manager at Boston Scientific, commented:  “These workshops taught by our Boston Scientific Volunteers in NUIG help and encourage  students to realise that they can take several different and interesting paths to work in the field of science and it can be so enjoyable. We heard lots of excitement and enthusiasm during the activities today and the interest shown by the students was fantastic. It is important to continue to develop this interest and keep up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects in secondary school. The students here today might be designing or making products that can save and improve lives in the future. We look forward to that day!

Boson ScientificBoston Scientific volunteers who participated in Challenge Science 2018. Back row L-R: Siobhan Maher, Sean Hanley, Shauna Flanagan, Darren Burke & Orla Queally. Front row L-R: Carol O’Doherty, Erika Desparad , Kelly Ryan, Alan Leahy & Stephen Chawke

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Galway Students Learn How to Finance their Future with Metlife

Metlife 10 for webpage2 Metlife Galway volunteers Shirley Keville, Fiona Lally, Damien Clarke and Olive Cullinane

MetLife has partnered locally with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) to provide hands-on learning experiences to students in Primary and second level schools in Galway. MetLife has recently opened a new Global Technology Campus in Galway which will have more than 200 employees, many of whom will have the opportunity to volunteer in their local community.

Rose Class for webRose Mulholland of Metlife Galway with transition year students in Calasanctius College, Oranmore

Over 175 second level schools students from Galway will take part in a five-week financial literacy programme called ‘Finance your Future’, sponsored bythe MetLife Foundation. The programme is designed to enable students to understand how to manage their own personal finances and to link education and career choices with the world of work.

Olive Cullinane, Senior HR Business Partner in Metlife, commented: “MetLife is delighted to be partnering with Junior Achievement Ireland in the West Region. For us it is great to be involved in an initiative involving the up and coming generation who will undoubtedly be part of our future success in Galway.”   Rose boys with books for webRose Mulholland with Calasanctius College students who enjoyed the Finance the Future programme

Additional MetLife business volunteers will also teach JA programmes which promote work readiness, entrepreneurship and the value of studying STEM in schools throughout Galway.

Each volunteer will teach the programme over a period of five weeks and will also provide an insight into the type of roles that will be available to the students in MetLife when they complete their education. The volunteers will provide support to the students throughout the programme and encourage them to aim for their dreams!

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American Chamber of Commerce Helps Junior Achievement Celebrate 20 years in Ireland

JA 20th Anniversary for JAWebMark Redmond, American Chamber of Commerce; Siobhan Collins, Avaya; Helen Raftery, Junior Achievement Ireland; and Mark Gantly, Hewlett Packard celebrating 20 years of Junior Achievement in Ireland

The work of volunteers with JAI was featured at the ‘Why Ireland? Celebrating Great Innovation in Ireland’ event in Galway organised by the American Chamber of Commerce recently.

The contribution of US companies in Ireland goes far beyond the economic impact. US companies are responsible for significant social benefits in communities throughout the country as they provide substantial human and financial resources to support innovative and inclusive programmes such as those facilitated by volunteers working with JAI.

Amcham 2Siobhán Collins of AVAYA speaking at the ‘Why Ireland? Celebrating Great Innovation in Ireland’ eventIn celebrating 20 years of industry-education partnerships in the west, guests at the event considered the impact of volunteers working with students in combating educational disadvantage and promoting the relevance of what young people were studying with their post-school futures and the ‘real world’. Attendees heard at first-hand the impact of these types of initiatives as Siobhán Collins who completed JA programmes as a student and subsequently became a JA volunteer at AVAYA said: “I participated in JA programmes when I was a student and I jumped at the opportunity to become a volunteer when I joined AVAYA.  Teaching a JA programme was a great opportunity to get involved, and give back, to my community. JAI plays an invaluable role in encouraging young people to stay in education and teaching them the skills they will need in the future. I’m delighted to celebrate JAI’s 20th Anniversary and would love to volunteer again in the future.”

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