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UL Enactus team - finalists at Enactus Ireland National Competition 2018

On May 31st, Enactus University of Limerick made it into the final round of four teams of the 2018 Enactus Ireland National Competition.
UL Enactus presented the SparkEd project which empowers primary and secondary pupils from disadvantaged urban areas in Limerick through the provision of revision classes, educational boot camps, learning supports for children with specialised learning needs and mentoring in personal development.  The team have partnered with Limericks Gateway to Education to deliver the supports.  The Enactus team developed and delivered a Youth Leadership programme with the objective of instilling a culture of volunteering to transition year’s students and provide them with leadership skills to act as leaders within their communities.  This programme provided Limericks Gateway to Education and other local charities with a supply of volunteers enabling them to provide a greater range of homework club services and hours. The Programme consisted of   3 elements as follows:

  1. Instilling a culture of volunteering within the lives of the students and introducing them to our community partners Limerick Gateways to Education and other homework clubs.
  2. Transferring  leadership skills through two workshops; the first on decision making and the second on communication skills
  3. Giving the students an opportunity to showcase these skills and what they have learned, through a showcase presentation in front of our faculty advisors and partners from Citibank.   

The Youth Leadership programme was delivered to 22 transition year students who were empowered to use what they learned when volunteering with UL Enactus partner Limerick’s Gateway to Education. These students put in over 220 hours of volunteer time and the Enactus team put in over 3000 hours volunteering with Limericks Gateway to Education.
Jack O' Connor, a team member added to the team’s success, as he was the overall winner of a business pitching competition at the Enactus event.