O Fiaich College students honoured for Create the Great in You participation
Create the Great in You is a newly formed social enterprise which aims to focus on young people in transition year and leaving certificate applied in schools.
Their tailor made six week programme includes comedy, archaeology, poetry and magic workshops. Using mentoring workshops and peer-based conversations “Create the Great in You” aims to provide young people with a space to explore how communication, collaboration and creativity can be applied to develop both community and relationships. They also have a tailor-made programme called “men and masculinity in modern Ireland” which focuses on young men in Ireland and looks at issues such as careers and relationship, gender, violence, justice, sexuality.
Participants will be both challenged and facilitated to openly explore and express their passion, identity and potential. Individuals can expect to grow in confidence, enhance their interpersonal skills and be more empathetic toward their peers.
On Monday in the Oriel Centre at Dundalk Gaol, Mark McCormack the founder of “Create the Great in You” and his team presented transition year students from O Fiaich Institute of Further Education with their certificates for successfully completing the Create the Great in You (CGY) Mentoring Programme. 27 students received a certificate of participation from Create the Great in You in association with O Fiaich College while four students – Jessica Bond, Josh Valley, Jake Corbett and Caitlin Kenneway – picked up certificates for their mentoring, communication, collaboration and creativity skills.
In attendance at the event to endorse the newly formed enterprise was former governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan, who gave an impressive speech to the young people and spoke about Mark McCormack’s determination and drive. Other patrons in attendance were Dr Kevin Howard, Dr Bernadette Brereton (DKIT), Donal McCormack (Tulsa) and Dr Alison Lennon. Also there to lend their support were Cecilia Sherry (Youth Worker) and Dundalk FC centre back Patrick Barrett as well as Ardee Councillor Dolores Minogue and Independent councillor Maeve Yore. From O Fiaich College were Audrey Flood (TY), Doreen McNulty (TY), Martina Reilly (O’ Fiaich) and last but not least the newly appointed deputy principal Margaret Deegan.
Maeve Yore told ThisIsArdee.ie that she was really enthused by what she saw.
“There was such a positive atmosphere this morning from the students, teachers and mentors and I feel this programme could give young people the necessary coping tools and skills they need in this ever changing world.”
Mark Mc Cormack the founder of Create the Great in You started this endeavour in 2015 after graduating from Dundalk Institute of Technology where he received a Level 8 Hons Degree in Social Care Work. Mark was awarded a President’s Prize for his contribution to community and college life and has since co-authored a paper alongside Dr Bernadette Brereton which was represented in Milan September 2016 at the (ESA) European Sociological Education Conference. Entitled Education and Empowerment: Theories and Practices, the theme of the conference centred on the changing values of education in an era of increased diversity and access.
Mark and his team Shane Cunningham (Comedy) John Hayden (Poetry) Alison Lennon (Archaeology & Heritage) Dr Bernadette Brereton and Dr Kevin Howard and newly recruited Simon Ryan (Magician) would like to thank O Fiaich College and the amazing TY students all the best in their future careers and for the opportunity to launch the newly formed social enterprise.