Awards for voluntary work at Larkin Community College

October 6, 2014

Localise project inspires students to take action

Over 100 students from Larkin Community College were presented with certificates on Monday September 22 at 12.00pm for their work serving their community.

The students were recognised for their work over the past 12 months in helping the homeless, elderly people in their locality and their work for Special Olympics Ireland.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. James Reilly along with Mr. Stuart Dwyer the Chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin and Ms. Jacinta Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of City of Dublin Education and Training Board, were present to mark the work carried out by the students under the auspices of Localise, an organisation which focuses on fostering a “give back” culture among the young.

Present also were Larkin Community College teachers, students’ parents and representatives from organisations with which the students were directly involved.

“The [Localise] project was great, it helped me integrate into my class and my new community and it forced me to do things I would not dare to do before”. – Antanas Luobikis – Student, Larkin Community College, Dublin 1.

“If I had my way I’d have Localise in every school, it enriches the lives of the students, their communities and it allows them to make a real difference and learn from it all” – Máire O’Higgins, Larkin Community School, Dublin 1.

“The eyes of the elderly people lit up when the young students came into the centre. It was great to see the boys and girls working with the old people and transforming our centre” – Bernie Pierce, Day-care centre Manager.
The Localise programme has proved to be a practical way for teenagers to take an active role in the service of their community while learning key planning and organisational skills. Within any given  year, there is an average of 20 schools, 700 students engaged in 33 Localise schools programmes, with more than 30 nationalities involved in direct community service being delivered to 52 charities and caring organisations nationwide.

Localise in 2013 through its schools and community group programmes engaged over 1070 youth volunteers in over 80,000 volunteering hours for 240 community service projects resulting in over 1.76 Million euro worth of community service work.  With more than 40 years of experience in Youth community service work and volunteerism, Localise pprogrammes enable young people to care in the community in the service of others – developing pro active citizens and community leaders of the future.

Localise has been in partnership with Larkin Community College since 2007, in that time 650 students from more than 29 nationalities have undertaken 25 caring in the community projects approximately 10,000 volunteer hours and €250,000 of community service work.

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