Mentoring Win Win

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Business in the Community Ireland

Business in the Community IrelandWe are delighted to announce that basis.point* is funding an expansion of the mentoring programme to bring it to more businesses and more young people during 2017 – 2019. In particular, the focus is on increasing the number of participating companies from the funds industry.

Funding from basis.point of €45,000 over the next two years will enable our Student Mentoring Programme to expand and benefit an additional 65 – 100 students.   It will also enable the creation of a mentoring alumni association allowing students who have participated in the Student Mentoring Programme additional longer term supports through an ongoing network of their peers and experienced mentors.

Our mentoring programme typically involves a group of ten or twelve students and mentors who meet at the company’s offices for an hour every three weeks.  This programme is designed to provide guidance and support at a time when many students struggle making decisions about their future.   It focuses on exploring the themes of self, strengths, horizons and networks.   It has already changed many lives and we have a mission to bring it to as many young people as possible.

We have already expanded in Dublin, Cork, and Limerick with Endo, Airbnb, Citco, Mason Alexander and Northern Trust all launching upcoming mentoring programmes. While in Galway, existing education company IBM have also decided to try the mentoring programme. We are now seeking more businesses to participate in this impactful programme. If you would like to get involved, please contact Orla O’ Dwyer, Programme Coordinator, Business in the Community at OODwyer@bitc.ie

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Eoin Speight, Former Patrician College, Dublin Student

Finally, we would like to thank all our companies who have taken the opportunity to make a huge difference to a young person’s life.

*basis.point is the Irish Fund industry’s initiative to make a difference to those in need. basis.point’s aim is to make a real contribution to improving educational opportunities for those in need in Ireland, particularly young people. basis.point provides grants to fund programmes and initiatives that focus on education and which aim to make a sustainable and tangible difference to those living in poverty.

Business in the Community Ireland