1,706 Dublin secondary-school students to participate in LIFT leadership programme this term

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1,706 students in Dublin are set to begin developing their leadership
skills this term through an innovative leadership learning process run
by LIFT Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation that works to build
positive leadership skills in communities and settings across Ireland.

Students taking part in the LIFT programme improve their listening
skills, experience increased confidence and become more empathetic,
understanding and positive, according to LIFT, which today (09.09.20)
announced the roll-out of its programme in secondary schools across

Throughout Ireland, 64 schools have signed up to participate in LIFT’s
leadership development process with the aim of developing core
leadership skills for young participants. More than 3,500 transition
year students from those 64 schools will train as LIFT facilitators
and, in turn, roll out the LIFT programme with other students in their
schools, multiplying the reach of LIFT across secondary school
students in Ireland.

In Dublin, the schools taking part include:

St Aidan’s, Whitehall;
Dominican College Sion Hill, Blackrock;
Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore;
Adamstown Community College, Lucan;
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Glasnevin;
St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush;
Holy Family Community School, Rathcoole;
Holy Child Community School, Sallynoggin;
Balbriggan Community College, Balbriggan;
Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Drimnagh;
The King’s Hospital School, Palmerstown;
St. Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon;
St.Finian’s Community College, Swords;
Coláiste Eoin, Booterstown;
Mount Anville Secondary School, Mount Anville;
Coláiste Pobail Setanta, Clonsilla;
St. Mary’s Holy Faith Covent Secondary School, Glasnevin;
Caritas College, Ballyfermot;
New Cross College, Finglas;
Assumption Secondary School, Walkinstown;
Le Chéile Secondary School, Tyrellstown,
St Declans College, Cabra and
Synge Street Christian Brother’s Secondary School, Dublin 8.

Commenting today, Joanne Hession, Founder and CEO of LIFT Ireland,
said: “2020 has been a year like no other. Our young people in Dublin
and across Ireland are returning to school in the face of uncertainty
in almost every aspect of their lives. But, throughout the Covid-19
crisis, we have seen great leadership demonstrated by young people in
so many ways.

“To deal effectively and inclusively with the ongoing pandemic and
ensure a positive future for our country more generally, we need the
voices, perspectives and contributions of our young people. The LIFT
Leadership programme supports all participants, be they students or
corporate CEOs, to become better leaders in their homes, social
groups, communities, school or work environments.

“Young people encounter struggles and challenges on a daily basis,
ranging from anxiety to bullying. The LIFT process helps participants
to develop the skills, resilience, empathy and understanding to cope
with such challenges, to successfully overcome challenging

The LIFT Model

LIFT’s leadership programme is delivered through a series of
roundtable sessions, led by a volunteer facilitator. The programme
runs over eight weeks, and focuses on eight key leadership values,
such as listening, empathy, innovation and resilience. Participants in
the programme are introduced to one value per week over the eight-week

Ms. Hession, who is a leadership expert with a background in
entrepreneurship training, founded LIFT, along with her brother, David
Hession, an education accreditation expert, and Sonya Lennon,
broadcaster, designer and social entrepreneur.

In addition to its work with schools in Dublin and nationwide, LIFT –
which stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’ – provides
leadership and facilitation training to individuals and organisations
across the country, ranging from multinational corporations to SMEs,
NGOs, sports organisations, and individuals from all walks of life.

Further information is available at www.liftireland.ie.

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