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Sunday 23 April 2017

'Create the Great in You' aims to help young students

'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.

The tailor made 6 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 April 3rd in the Comhaltas Centre Dundalk, Ardee man Mark Mc Cormack 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.

In attendance 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 Mc Cormack's determination and drive. Other patrons Dr Kevin Howard, Dr Bernadette Brereton (DKIT), Donal McCormack (Tulsa) and Dr Alison Lennon, Cecilia Sherry (Youth Worker), Dundalk FC centre back Patrick Barrett was also there to show their support, as was Ardee Councillor Dolores Minogue & Independent Maeve Yore, Audrey Flood (TY), Doreen Mc Nulty (TY), Martina Reilly (O' Fiaich) and last but not least the newly appointed deputy principal for O' Fiaich College Margaret Deegan.

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 Presidents 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 are Shane Cunningham (Comedy) John Hayden (Poetry) Alison Lennon (Archaeology & Heritage) Dr Bernadette Brereton & Dr Kevin Howard and newly recruited Simon Ryan (Magician) .

For further information check out www.createthegreatinyou.com sales contact mark@createthegreatinyou.com or call 087 1194839.

Drogheda Independent

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