Scaling up our RISE youth leadership programme into an all-island resource

When we first piloted RISE we dreamed of teenagers being seen as problem solvers in their communities, not problems to be solved. Since then 461 teenagers in Dublin have participated in RISE leadership and mentoring programmes.

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“We need more mentors!”

A great problem to have! The uptake for our RISE mentoring at Mount Carmel Secondary School in Dublin tripled from 5 last year to 15 this year. “I know how to set goals for myself that I can achieve.” “Mentoring was amazing, motivating and fun!” “I thought it was going to be boring, but it…

Running for RISE

In just a few weeks, a dozen of us will be running through mud and obstacles in Runamuck to help raise support for our RISE Leadership and Mentoring Programme. Our RISE Leadership Programme began 4 years ago after seeing and hearing the hopelessness in Dublin teenagers’ lives. They voiced a lack of positive thinking about their communities, their…

Teenagers helping the homeless this Christmas

When I walked into Mt. Carmel Secondary School, to lead my first RISE Leadership Programme, 25 transition year girls stared back at me. We had never met before but we were about to spend the next 10 Friday afternoons together exploring leadership and what positive change might look like in their community. The girls were chatty,…

Mentoring Inner City Teenagers

Have you ever had someone whom you looked up to sit down and spend time with you? Invest in you? Believe in you? Give you the courage to believe you could do more, be more, achieve more? As a team we know that we wouldn’t be the people we are today if it wasn’t for…