Students from 15 secondary schools across Dublin have the chance to participate in a special online leadership programme this week, beginning today, Monday, 20th April.
The free online programme – the ‘TY Bounce Back Package’ – offers modules on Positive Attitude, Resilience, Empathy and Innovation – all aimed at developing core leadership skills for young participants.
The programme is run by LIFT Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation that works to build positive leadership skills in communities and settings across Ireland. Over the past six weeks, LIFT has moved its training model completely online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
LIFT currently works with 15 secondary schools across Dublin. Over the past year, the organisation has provided leadership training to 252 students in these schools – and to more than 450 students nationwide.
The ‘TY Bounce Back Package’ on offer this week is targeted at Transition Year students in the 15 Dublin schools that currently work with LIFT. These are:
St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush.
St Mary’s, Glasnevin.
King’s Hospital, Palmerstown.
Muckross Park College, Donnybrook.
St. Kilian’s German / Irish School, Clonskeagh.
Mount Anville, Goatstown.
Our Lady’s School, Terenure.
The Teresian School, Stillorgan.
Rosemont Secondary School, Sandyford.
Holy Child Killiney.
Loreto Abbey, Dalkey.
St. Tiernan’s Community School, Ballinteer.
St. Benildus College, Kilmacud.
St. Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon.
John Scottus Secondary School, Rathmichael.
The training will run across two 40-minute sessions per week for two weeks, and will be delivered by Val O’Gorman of the LIFT Education Team. Participating students will be sent a link via their Transition Year coordinator to join each online training session. Each session will be limited to five participants to ensure maximum impact.
Commenting today (20.04.20) Joanne Hession, Co-Founder of LIFT Ireland, said: “In the face of the global pandemic we are now living through, leadership and resilience skills are more important than ever before.
“Many people find themselves struggling with the physical restrictions and uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This initiative develops skills to help cope with such feelings, and to successfully overcome challenging situations like the one we’re currently going through.”
Leadership role for young people
Ms. Hession highlighted the significant role that young people can play in demonstrating leadership during difficult times.
“We have seen time and again how students step up within their school and their broader communities, using their voice and becoming leaders,” she said. “Right now, in every community in Ireland, we need leaders – to mobilise support for the most vulnerable, to be resilient in the face of this unprecedented crisis, and to approach the extreme situations we now encounter every day with empathy and calm.
“These are the attributes that characterize strong leadership and lift communities – be they family communities, online, local or national. This goes to the heart of what our organisation sets out to do.
“We look forward to working with Transition Year students across Dublin over the next two weeks. We know the leadership skills they develop will have ripple effects across their wider networks – and will stand to them, not only during this difficult time, but throughout their lives. All participating students have previously qualified as LIFT facilitators and are now being encouraged to conduct LIFT leadership sessions with their fellow students, significantly increasing the reach of the programme amongst young people across Dublin.”