Limerick based budding social entrepreneurs attend Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s ‘virtual bootcamp’

first_imgBusinessNewsLimerick based budding social entrepreneurs attend Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s ‘virtual bootcamp’By Cian Reinhardt – June 3, 2020 163 TAGSbusinessentrepreneurNewssocial enterprise Facebook Business photo created by jannoon028 – www.freepik.comA DIVERSITY and inclusion talent platform, a mobile sensory room, a carpooling app and a garden based education programme were just some of the ideas explored at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI)’s Ideas Academy ‘virtual bootcamp’ that took place this week.More than 100 budding social entrepreneurs – people starting an enterprise with the aim to solving social issues or effecting social change – attended the online event with participants logging in from Limerick, Laois, Cork, Clare, Galway and beyond.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Each of the Bootcamp participants were given the chance to pitch for a place on the programme over the past two weeks, participants made their application virtually to a live panel of judges comprised of SEI supporters and staff.The event, which took place on Tuesday, June 2, brought all the bootcamp participants together online for a series of workshops and networking opportunities.Now in its fourth year, SEI’s Ideas Academy programme provides training and support to those with early-stage ideas to solve social problems. The four-month programme includes interactive sessions on organisational structures, governance, and piloting, and culminates with the opportunity to pitch for seed funding from a total pot of €40,000.This year’s Ideas Academy saw a record number of 245 people apply and put forward their idea to solve a social problem. Up to 60 places are available on the programme. Initially due to run in locations in the East, South and West of the country, due to COVID-19, SEI has re-designed the Ideas Academy in recent weeks to run it online and transition to in-person delivery, if and when possible during the lifespan of the programme.Today’s event also gave bootcamp participants the opportunity to hear from SEI alumni including Tracy Keogh, co-founder of Grow Remote and Jolene Cox, founder of the Now We’re Cooking Programme.CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Darren Ryan said the group was “incredibly heartened and inspired by the number of people who answered our call to see past the problems to the solutions”.He said, “We launched our national call before any of the coronavirus restrictions came into place, when the world looked very different to how it does now. During the campaign, we pivoted our offering and delivery to match the current needs of social entrepreneurs starting out and are excited to now roll out the Ideas Academy online for the first time ever.”The SEI CEO noted the Bootcamp events are usually a great opportunity “to not only spark ideas into action, but to connect like-minded social entrepreneurs with each other”.“And although this is more challenging when we can’t physically be in the same room together, the courage, passion and determination shown by all bootcamp participants this year has been second to none. We look forward to working with those who make it onto the programme over the coming months,” he said.SEI’s selection process is supported by DCC plc. The lead corporate sponsor of the Ideas Academy is Bank of America. The Ideas Academy West is supported by Lifes2good Foundation.For more information on Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, visit Advertisement Linkedin Email TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp Previous articleListen: Dish the Ingredients | #WeAreLimerick Episode 42Next articleLimerick Post Show | May 29, 2020 Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] center_img Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Twitter Limerick on Covid watch list Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic last_img read more

Students learn power of choices

first_imgLatest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Troy parade to be ‘storybook’ event Troy Christmas Parade committee members pose for a photo after a meeting Tuesday. Front row, left to right, are: Catherine… read more Students learn power of choices A student surveys the mock jail cell on the Choices Bus which visited Pike County High School.The Choice Bus rolled on the campus of Pike County High School Thursday morning and, when pulled off several hours later, Principal Willie Wright was confident that it had left a deep and lasting impression on his students.“I believe what the students saw and heard today will have a positive effect on their future,” Wright said. “We talk about choices and how the choices the students make can provide them opportunities to be successful or can keep them from being successful.”The Choice Bus was brought to PCHS through a grant program with State Farm and was initiated by Sharon Sullivan, PCHS faculty member. Print Article By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 8:01 am Friday, November 4, 2011 “High school dropouts make at least $10,000 less a year then those who stay in school,” he said. “A high school drop out makes less money and will probably end up in prison. That is the future of a high school dropout.”Taylor made it very plain to the students that prison is not a place one wants to be.“You have no freedoms, no privileges, no choices, no control,” he sad. “You can’t do anything as simple as flipping a light switch. Even that is out of your control.”Taylor said the lack of privacy is something that inmates have difficultly in accepting.“You are in a cell with usually three other inmates,” he said. “You share a toilet and sink and there is no curtain to give you privacy. Your cellmates see everything that you do and, then you are watched by prison guards 24 hours a day. That’s the kind of life you live in prison.”Sullivan said the students seemed to be receptive of the messages that were sent their way.Most of the students signed a pledge card with their intentions to stay in school and Sullivan said she hopes they will stand by those pledges.“But even if this Choice Bus keeps just three or four students in school, then it’s worth it,” she said.Lynn Smelley, Mattie Stewart Foundation program manager, said there are three Choice busses that travel across the country carrying the message of the power of education.State Farm and Buffalo Rock are bus sponsors along with Shelby County in Alabama.“When we finish this year in December, we will have take the message that staying in school will help keep you out of prison to one million students since The Choice Bus got on the road in 2008,” Smelley said. “More than five million students have seen the InsideOut documentary. Next year, we hope to add another bus and that will enable us get the message before more students.”Smelley said the The Choice Bus objectives are to help students understand the link between dropping out of school and the likelihood of spending time in prison and the importance of making good decisions.“The Choice Bus program also encourages students to finish high school and opens their eyes to the opportunities that await those with an education,” he said. Next Up“We want our students to understand the power of education,” Sullivan said. “The Choice Bus allows them to better understand what happens when students drop out of school and lose that power.”The Choice Bus concept was developed by Dr. Shelley Stewart, founder and president of The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation. Stewart chose the path less traveled as a way to reduce the escalating high school dropout rate.Sullivan said Stewart developed experimental learning tools to help young people understand the consequences and rewards of the choices they make. Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Stewart’s “InsideOut” documentary uses prison inmates as messengers who encourage young people to get an education. To make the consequences of dropping out of school more tangible, the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation built The Choice Bus, which is the nation’s first mobile experience dedicated to reducing the dropout rate.John Paul Taylor was the presenter on The Choice Bus Thursday and he commanded the attention of the students ads they “rode” the dropout route with him, first via the “InsideOut” documentary and then as they toured a simulated prison cell.“Every day we make choices,” Taylor said. “One choice that we make can help us to realize our dreams or cause us to live a nightmare. That choice is to stay in school or drop out. It’s a choice that will affect the rest of your lives.”Taylor said 75 percent of prison inmates are high school dropouts. Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Castine’s Bob Ciano wins Bucksport Bay Festival 5K

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Bob Ciano, 62, of Castine placed first of more than 130 runners in Saturday’s Bucksport Bay Festival 5K.Ciano was the first male finisher with a time of 19 minutes and 19.8 seconds. Katherine Marshall, 34, of Houston, Texas, was the first female in 20:17.3.The following won their age divisions:Female age 12 and under: Katrina Modrusan, 6, of Bangor (49:20.2).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMale age 12 and under: Charlie Collins, 12, of Winterport (21:37.4).Female age 13-17: Heather Perkins, 15, of Pittsfield, Mass. (24:31.1).Male age 13-17: Matthew Shea, 14, of Ellsworth (20:00.5).Female age 18-29: Alissa Schlote, 26, of Ottawa, Ontario (23:39.0).Male age 18-29: Ezra Dean, 22, of Orono (20:24.8).Female age 30-39: Laura Ramboer, 38, of Cathance Township (22:48.6).Male age 30-39: Scott Porter, 36, of Portland (21:07.1).Female age 40-49: Robin Clarke, 46, of Ellsworth (22:00.7).Male age 40-49: Greg Dean, 42, of Levant (20:37.4).Female age 50-59: Mary Buck, 52, of Mechanicville, NY (21:54.2).Male age 50-59: Laurent Houssel, age 51 (19:28.0).Female age 60-69: Shannon Martin, 64, of Bloomington, Indiana (27.57.7).Male age 60-69: Ed Hughes, 62, of Bangor (20:38.1).Female age 70-79: Mary Alice Bruce, age 77 (40:17.5).Male age 70-79: Tony Swebilus, 72, of Morrill (23:48.3).last_img read more