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April Happenings

In April:
Soar worked with approximately 846 young people in 13 schools through our early intervention, preventative, well-being workshops. 

In May:
We are scheduled to work with 7 schools and 438 young people. 

Community Programs:
In April, we ran pilot workshops for ‘Stripped’, our girl’s program in two secondary schools in Ireland.  This was Soar’s first time running our newly developed workshop within a school setting, with the young women who have been through our original program. It was an epic experience. We took huge learnings from both days and are excited about further developing this program over the summer months.

Training and Development: 
We began a series of personal development training sessions with our Youth Crew. We kicked it off with a session on exploring and defining our values. These trainings with the crew will continue regularly until the end of the year.

Support Database Development
We have been lucky to have a brilliant student from Tallaght I.T join us in our office to support our organisation for the last 12 weeks. In April, Jessie McLoughlin worked incredibly hard on further developing our database of support and care organisations. This work means we are even better placed when providing follow up support to schools and signposting them to the most suitable and relevant care for the young people in their care. We have over 300 support orgs and contacts on this database and it is growing.

Soar Shout Out
We want to give a MASSIVE shout out to Ray O’Neill and Conor O’Neill who undertook the incredible feat of running the Marathon Des Sable. The race is a gruelling multi-stage adventure through the Sahara desert. The rules require you to be self-sufficient, to carry with you on your back everything except water that you need to survive. You are given a place in a tent to sleep at night, but any other equipment and food must be carried. Ray and Conor completed this challenge in aid of Soar and we are truly blown away and utterly grateful.

How You Can Support Soar?
Soar has always operated as a movement and we rely heavily on our community to keep us alive. Like every non for profit, we face new challenges monthly. Here are some of the challenges we’re facing right now that you or someone you know may be able to help us with.

One of the biggest challenges for Soar at the moment is office equipment. Many of our team currently use their personal laptops which are slow and outdated. Over the next 3 months we hope to source 4 – 6 laptops for our team to use on a daily basis. If you feel you can support us with this in any way we would love to hear from you. Email to let us know if you can help!

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