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September 2015 Happenings

Last Month:
We went back to schools last month after a busy and exciting summer. We worked with 482 young people in 7 schools through our early intervention, preventative well-being workshops.    

Next Month:
Next month we are scheduled to work with 643 young people in 8 schools throughout Ireland. 

Community Programs -

Boy’s Program
We put a large focus on furthering our community programs last month. We ran our first Boy’s Program workshop where we gathered together 30 young men from GAA clubs around the country for an experiential night that explored masculinity and the roles associated with men in society. 
Girl’s Program
We are joined by Reach Development Manager, Paige Harkin who will be working with us on a consultancy basis for 2 weeks in October to develop our Girl’s Program. Paige brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Soar and we are so excited to plan the the structure and roll-out of this workshop with young women around Ireland.

Soar secured €10,000 from the ESB Energy for Generations Fund
This grant will assist Soar in the development of a Girls Program, where a safe environment will be created for young women to explore and question gender ideas, expectations and the influence of mass media on their lives.

Soar Ran Our First Corporate Workshop with Bank of Ireland
The workshop was part of a 3 day induction for 100 young adults embarking on BOI’s graduate program. The response to the workshop was awesome leaving the graduates charged and excited about the careers they were stepping into. Check out some of the feedback below.

Our Youth Crew is in Training
Our Youth Crew came together for their first full training session. 30 young people showed up energised, ignited and ready to explore the work Soar does. This crew challenged themselves and took away the learnings from a brilliant evening. In October we’ll run our first ever Youth Crew training Camp Weekend. We cannot WAIT.

F.I.T Team Moves to a Full-time Working Week
After the summer months, the benefits of having our F.I.T team operating on a full-time basis was clear. They added greatly to our operations team and to the analysis and development of our programs. In September, 5 of our 6 F.I.Ts began working in a full-time capacity. The team will have more time to focus on delivering workshops, program development and learning.   

YES Youth Mental Health Fair
We were invited to attend the Youth Empowerment Service Mental Health Fair in St. Patrick’s Hospital. It was a brilliant opportunity for us to meet a lot of the young people who are championing changes in the mental health space. 

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