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Mini-Bus Fundraising on Facebook

Anything you can do to help us reach our goal of a new minibus for the young people would be very much appreciated!


Click the post to donate – and there are no fees! 100% of your donation goes towards the minibus

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Citywise Kenya Project

1200px-Flag_of_Kenya.svg_Citywise provides educational support, youth activities and leadership training to young people in West Tallaght. Over 500 people regularly attend the Citywise centre in Jobstown where they are encouraged to develop their talents, whether these be academic, sporting, music or other. We encourage everyone to do their best.

Citywise takes pride in its wide variety of clubs, including a thriving leadership programme where young people give back in their community. For others, Citywise is an education centre which helps them to get to college (Fast Track Academy), yet for others who are interested in technology, we offer a whole range of STEM programmes – for example: Lego Robotics, Inventors club, Coderdojo, Computer Science for Girls, Digital media & Film Making.

We are not state supported, so to a large extent we depend on ordinary people like you to keep our doors open.

This year as part of our leadership programme there are a group of six young leaders (aged 16-18) teaming up with a group of student volunteers from Poland before heading to Bamba, Kenya, for 3 weeks in July to help build some much needed classrooms in a developing school. Bamba is situated 80 kilometres north west of Mombasa in some of the worst slums in Kenya.

Any support you can give towards this project is very much appreciated. You can donate in person at Citywise or on our GoFundMe page, found at this link:

gofundme.com/citywise-kenya-project 

Thank you for your support!

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Arduino Course launches in Citywise!

We are big believers in getting the latest technology into the hands of young people, and with that in mind, we want our members to be able to experience the power and flexibility of Arduino Microprocessors, ie. Mini-computers. These cool little gadgets can do a vast array of things, and in many cases the only limitations are the users imagination! We think this is the future, and the future is NOW!!!

A perfect course for anyone interested in technology, science or coding, or maybe just wants to learn a new skill. Excellent for Gaisce participants as well!

Sign up today – call 01-4049736 or call in and fill in a form.

Christopher

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Volunteers needed for Fast Track Academy

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This year in Citywise, we aim to provide supervised study, classes & mentoring for 250 young people from West Tallaght and beyond!
Can you help?
We are looking for volunteers for teaching the following subjects and levels:

English (all levels), Irish (all levels),
Geography (all levels), Home Economics (all levels)
Science JC, Business JC,
Biology LC, Physics LC, Chemistry LC,
Accounting LC, Music LC, History LC

To see the impact this volunteering really makes, listen to 3 past students, Daire, Ryan and Aloisia, tell their stories of Fast Track Academy.

If this sounds like something you would enjoy doing, please contact us by email at john@citywise.ie. Thank you!

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Throwback Thursday

A look back at our FIRST Lego League Galway performance on Youtube

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Improving Access to Quality Education Through Strategic Education Grants

By Salesforce.org

March 21, 2017

Grants and Philanthropy, K-12 Education & Youth Development, STEM

(Original article can be found at: http://www.salesforce.org/improving-access-quality-education-strategic-education-grants/)


Salesforce.org seeks to strategically transform teaching and learning to match the skills needed for a 21st century workforce. Through our partnerships with schools, districts, and nonprofits that break down barriers to quality education, students gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue successful careers and be productive members of their communities.

Our strategic grants program supports innovative, scalable solutions in STEM education with a focus on computer science and increasing exposure of underrepresented groups and girls.

Mission Bit (East Mission Initiatives) (US) aims to eliminate the tech divide for youth living in poverty across the San Francisco Bay Area by building computer programming and professional opportunity pathways for youth and young adults. Mission Bit has been a key Dreamforce partner for the last two years, leading coding workshops for over 200 middle school students from Oakland and San Francisco Unified School Districts. The grant will help support Mission Bit’s goal to create tech pathways for 10,000 students to enter a career in the tech sector by the year 2020.

Citywise Education (Ireland) provides educational and social supports to young people living in disadvantaged city communities in Dublin and Belfast, Ireland. Citywise plans to use its grant to turn 150 square meters (approximately 1,615 square feet) of existing Citywise space into a “STEMSquare” facility, a model environment to teach and learn STEM skills and concepts to about 1,500 youth in Dublin. The expansion will enable them to double the amount of students that they interact with in STEM activities – thereby increasing the pool of potential candidates in the future for STEM jobs.

Oakland Public Education Fund (US) is the only organization supporting all public schools in Oakland, CA, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education. Through the work of partners like Self-eSTEM and the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland, this grant will allow 320 students to participate in FIRST Lego League, a nationally acclaimed robotics program that challenges middle school students along with adult coaches to use teamwork to research a real-world problem and develop a solution, and then to design, build, and program a robot for competition against other teams. This grant comes on the heels of Salesforce.org’s new partnership with Oakland Unified School District to improve computer science education.

Girls Who Code (US) focuses on closing the gender gap in computing fields. Mobilizing leading executives, educators, and engineers, Girls Who Code developed a new model of computer science education designed to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the skills to succeed in the field. Our grant to Girls Who Code will support 40 girls in Los Angeles and Washington DC at the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, a free 7-week summer class teaching 10th-11th grade girls coding at USC Marshall School of Business and Georgetown University.

TechPoint Foundation for Youth (TPF4Y) (US), the leader in technology education efforts for the state of Indiana since 2001, ensures its state’s underserved K-12 students have access to experiential learning opportunities that inspire the pursuit of STEM careers. TPF4Y’s grant will increase participation in the US2020 initiative and CoderDojo Indiana’s hands-on engaging STEM programs for 1,400+ K-12 students and 250 STEM professional mentors throughout Central Indiana. All of their programs focus on girls, minorities, and students from low-income backgrounds, indirectly resulting in the elimination of gender and racial disparities within STEM education and the workforce.

SchlaU School (Germany) supports unaccompanied minors and young refugees in exercising their human right to education and the opportunity to find work and become a productive member of society. SchlaU School will use its grant to improve their mentoring program and IT infrastructure, enabling 300 refugee students ages 16-18 to receive training equivalent to those that have had higher levels of education.

St. Dominic’s College (Ireland) is an all-girls secondary school in Dublin, Ireland. They’re focused on helping all students reach their full potential and have been committed to ensuring equity of access for their students to higher education with a STEM focus despite the many barriers which they face in their local community. Ballyfermot, where the college is located, has high levels of unemployment and is among the most underserved areas in Ireland. Higher education attainment in Ballyfermot is as low as 16%, according to the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015 – 2019. The grant to St. Dominic’s will help increase engagement and exposure to STEM programs, Professional Development Training, IT infrastructure and mentoring for its nearly 400 students, age 12-18, making it making it poised to become a leader in building the pipeline of women in STEM.

Salesforce.org is inspired by the work of our partners and we are proud to support their missions. By uniting the passion of our employees and the power of our product we aim to empower our youth, their families, and the communities where we live and work.

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European Volunteer David tells us about his involvement in Citywise

My name is David and for 4 months I have been in Dublin as part of European Voluntary Service.

First of all, I must say that since I’ve been at Citywise Education, I try to enjoy everything. This is my main goal daily, and has been very useful to overcome the disadvantages of staying in a country other than the one I was born in. Helping an organisation like Citywise, is always a challenge, but an enjoyable one at that.

Life in Citywise is full of small details, but at the same time, very enriching. My role is currently to help in the STEM program, which consists in preparing young people for careers in engineering, mathematics and information on technology. In Citywise, there are many generous teenagers who are willing to lend a helping hand. For instance, I have seen with my own eyes how a lad helped another student in his first day of class, as if he were the very teacher. There are many examples of big hearts between each other; seeing that is really edifying.

Having worked for 3 years in different social programs in Spain – I see that the methodology used in Citywise actually works, achieving fantastic results. Additionally, having felt the social reality of Jobstown, I think Citywise is a golden opportunity for children and teenagers living in this area of Dublin; to be encouraged to study in order to go to university, to have professional ambitions, to broaden horizons, etc.

At Citywise I find children with an intense potential. However their lack of self-esteem and lack of a social current often prevents them from achieving their ambitions. Day-to-day life in that area can be a deterrent to College, and that’s a pity, especially when it comes to young talent.

Two weeks ago we participated in the league of “First Lego League”. It has been a wonderful experience for me. This competition is a very interesting way for Tallaght boys and girls to get excited about robotics and programming. Two teams participated from Citywise, one of which archived in a commendable 5th place. I loved the preparation for the championship and also the pleasant atmosphere formed by the parents of the guys and the Citywise staff. This activity was a really effective means of improving the aspirations of all children involved in it.

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Likewise, I participate in another program called Khan Academy, where through different mathematical and logical games, we show them that mathematics can be entertaining as well as being very useful for professional life.

In short, I realise that I am in an excellent place, learning day by day a form of social work which is very professional. In addition, I also learn a lot about children, about their way of thinking, seeing the future, and relating to others. At the same time, I try to do my bit in the promotion of each of them, in order to improve their professional, human and social skills. As I am in a developing process myself it is my ambition that in future I will be of greater assistance for all the boys and girls that are bringing about such a wonderful change in Tallaght.

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My day at the Lego Robotics Finals, by Rohan Kuzhippillil

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It was the 21st of January. The day we went to Galway city for the ‘First Lego League’ for the first time in my life! Our only transport was the bus (obviously!). At 6:30am we got our stuff that we needed and headed for the bus, it was exciting though because  we were sitting with our friends.  We left Citywise at 6:45am. We had a 2 hour drive ahead of us! We talked, played games and ate lots of sweets as well, thanks to Ben! My team was called the ‘Stubborn ones’! We named it like that because our chosen animal was a donkey. We wanted to our name be related to our chosen animal so that’s why. When we got to Galway city, we went to the Radisson Blu Hotel. The driver dropped us at the hotel and we brought our stuff inside, to the hall where the competition was being held.
The hall looked bigger in the picture than I thought it would be! Me and Kane were at the board controlling the robot, while Gabriel, Ben and Adam were in charge of the project. Our first round went well we got 67 points and on the second round we got 59 points. The leader boards were shown and we were in the top 5. It was unexpected because it was our first time we were in this competition! You had to be in the Top 8 to go to the 3rd round, we were in! I could not believe it!

We did very well in the 3 round that when the leader board we were fifth! You had to be in the top 8 to advance to the quarter-finals.

But trouble came when it was our turn. Our arm was not working on the Robot, but we got 50 points.There was a lunch but Alannah’s Dad and Allums Mom bought Supermac’s for us and the other team. After lunch they showed us the leader board you had to be in the top 4 to quarter-finals, we got 5th! We were so close to being 4th because the other team had 54 points! But we were 5 in Ireland and it was our first time!

Liam’s team got a award for ‘Best research’ and we are proud of his team. When going back to Dublin, Chris surprised us by bringing us to burger king!

He bought us all meals. There was a playground and when we were finished we went outside and we played some chasing, it was very fun!

When we got back to Citywise, I got collected by my Dad and we went home.

I would like to thank these people for there efforts in helping our team get 5th place!

The bus driver for helping us get there, Alannah’s Dad Callum’s Mom for getting us food, Adam’s Mom, Kane’s Dad, Ben’s Mom, Gabriel’s Mom and my Dad for influencing us, David for helping us with the code, Abdul for helping us to know what to do, my team and most of all Chris, for helping us with everything.

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Written by Rohan Kuzhippillil

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My Citywise Trip to Laurel Lodge, by Jessica Norton

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On November 1st 2016, me and some of my closest friends that I made in Citywise went on an exciting trip to Laurel Lodge. It was one of the best and funniest trips ever. We arrived at Laurel Lodge at about 11:30am and this was where the fun started. When we got there we dropped our shoes there and left to begin the adventure. We got dropped off at the bottom of a mountain and began to climb it. Some of us were already tired and it was only the 1st mountain!!! We climbed and climbed. We then were nearly at the top of the mountain when we reached a part that was really mucky, and it was hilarious when my friends walked through it and came out in their socks!!! Their shoes had gotten stuck in the mud. Then to get them back they had to walk back through it in their socks.
When we finally reached the top it was beginning to get dark, so Doyler kept on telling us if we didn’t get down the mountain before dark we will have to climb another mountain. But that was never going to happen.
We eventually got down and hiked back to Laurel Lodge. When we got back we were all fighting over who got the showers. For dinner we made fajitas, they were yummy. We also played some really fun games like charades, Pictionary and Harry Potter trivia. After that we all went to bed.
We got up at 7:00am to make the delicious breakfast and soon after that we packed up, got on the bus and went home.
This was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on and I would hands down go again sometime.

Check out my video comic strip here -> Jessica’s Video.MP4

Written by Jessica Norton

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LEGO League Newspaper Coverage

FIRST LEGO League Coverage 2017 – Tallaght Echo, Thursday 26th January

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Lego article photos page

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"Volunteering with Citywise has helped to make me."

- Sean Preston