Students experience learning impacts of the JA programme

Twenty years of industry-education collaboration was celebrated at a special anniversary event in Citi’s Office on North Wall Quay.

The event marked twenty years of partnership between Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and Citi which has resulted in more than 850 Citi volunteers inspiring and motivating 17,500 students across Dublin.

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The morning event was attended by Citi volunteers, educators and students who had been impacted by the work of Citi in their community.

The event attendees experienced first-hand the learning impacts of a Junior Achievement (JA) programme from Aisling Corcoran, a transition year student from Palmerstown Community School.

Aisling had received the ‘JA Enterprise in Action’ programme taught by Citi volunteer Sarah Macasieb.

Reflecting on her experience Aisling said: “Our transition year business class spent six weeks learning about entrepreneurship and how to run a business, and what an exciting six weeks it was! We learned the advantages and disadvantages of entrepreneurship and the traits that a good entrepreneur should have. Sarah did a fantastic job of teaching the class about the skills needed to start up a business which we used when we came up with our own ideas. Sarah really encouraged us to pursue business ideas that we were passionate about. This resulted in many different unique propositions from different teams, ranging from positive mental health key chains to fitness apps.”

The ‘JA Enterprise in Action’ programme is supported by the Citi Foundation and will reach out to more than 2,000 second level students this school year.

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