“We believe empowerment is the key to unlocking the potential of those we work with, and ensuring they can truly flourish”
Established in 2012, The Flagship project is a youth empowerment programme that runs on weekends throughout the year. The programme focuses on building self-esteem and well-being, as well as personal development and learning new skills. This is done through a variety of cutting edge sessions and workshops with our volunteers and guest speakers. The selected young people all attend DEIS (designated deprived) schools where few students tend to progress to third level education.
The programme helps participants to explore society from different perspectives, and to examine varying societal issues. Working with their peers, participants conduct guided research and interview well-known and successful public figures, helping them to learn new skills, establish networks, and develop their own opinions, increasing their confidence to find their own voices.
The programme also supports participants' general wellbeing with coaches who focus on confidence-building, resilience and aspirations. We focus on mind, body and soul in seeking to empower young people to achieve their full potential and go on to great things!
We are incredibly lucky to have the support of a range of leading Irish figures and personalities who all kindly give their time to speak with our students. In particular, we are extremely grateful to the Law Society of Ireland, which has very generously given us meeting rooms and classrooms to host our Flagship project.
Following completion of the 1-year Flagship programme, participants then have the opportunity to spend time in a professional environment, depending on their interests. Past participants have worked in Seanad Éireann, major law firms, Amnesty International and state bodies to name but a few.
Those completing the Flagship programme, will have built up a strong and varied network and will continue to have access to career mentoring during the remainder of their secondary school education.
The young people then return the following year, to compete our follow on programme STEP UP! programme.