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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

RCSI: Leading the world to better health RCSI has been at the forefront of health education for over 230 years. A deep professional responsibility to enhance human health through endeavour, innovation and collaboration in education, research and service informs all that we do. Our ultimate purpose is to work in service of patients. Our role is to prepare healthcare professionals for the future, educating them within a world leading, pioneering learning environment that will enable them to thrive in complex clinical settings across the globe.


Teen-Turn addresses the numbers of third level qualifications, particularly those related to STEM, attained by women from disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. Teen-Turn achieves this by providing--from when participants are teenagers--ongoing hands-on experiences, exposure to consistent, invested role model mentors and long-term support through alumnae career development opportunities. ***** Teen-Turn aims to influence course decision-making processes, inform participants on education and career options, and combat stereotypes by strategically changing how girls from disadvantaged and underrepresented communities identify with STEM career environments through mentored summer work placements, after school activities and alumnae opportunities. Programming begins with a work placement in the summer after Junior Cert, during which participants are exposed to projects, introduced to role models and begin to blog about their time so that we can evaluate the effect of the experiences. From there, the girls have the option to join after school activities which include science projects for BTYSE/SciFest, the creation of a social enterprise and app development for Technovation, homework/grinds clubs, or related events like learning camps and incubators with company partners. Once participants have completed secondary school, they enter into our alumnae network--which offers numerous events to meet with fellow Teen-Turn participants, mentors who are women working in STEM roles, and career advisors all there to help with qualification completion and to build a professional network. What we do is empower our participants-to identify a STEM interest, to be supported in the pursuit of mastering skills and gaining qualifications related to that interest, and then provided the connections and social capital and ongoing reinforcement to develop a STEM career from that interest. We call it our 'Junior Cert to Job' commitment. ***** Our proposition is that more girls acquiring in-demand STEM skills will result in more women employed in STEM careers, addressing skills shortage, gender ratio and social inclusion challenges. This is done by initially introducing STEM careers through work experience, followed by after school STEM activities including science projects and app development, then bolstered by STEM club involvement and ongoing STEM learning, exam support, discussion and debate events and career workshops. NOTE: All activities, other than work placements, were successfully brought online during COVID-19 restrictions and can again if the need arises. Core Project Elements Summer Work Experience: girls in the summer after Junior Cert (aged 15) are introduced to STEM career environments at companies located near their homes; during this experience they are introduced to female role models, work on an actual project, learn to visualize themselves in a STEM workplace, and gain an understanding of the companies flourishing in their neighborhood thereby crossing what is often a corporate/community divide. After School Activities: (1) Project Squad, 13 weeks in autumn, participants learn about the scientific method, research methodology, experimentation, data collection, results reporting and visual presentations while mentored on projects of their own design by industry and academic women-in-STEM; (2) Technovation, 13 weeks in spring, participants learn how to build a business plan and develop a mobile app that addresses a community problem, including design thinking, scrum/lean methodology, market research, pitch and demo presentations, and computer programming principles such as loops, conditionals, variables, and databases again while mentored on projects of their own design by industry and academic women-in-STEM. Clubs: (1) Grinds, year round, senior cycle and exam support is provided on a fortnightly basis by university students imparting techniques for studying and improving habits and following NCCA curriculum materials; (2) Groundwork, year round, participants engage in ongoing person centered planning activities through monthly sessions conducted online by trained mentors who work with beneficiaries to develop plans that establish individual goals and what is needed in terms of support to achieve them with additional quarterly personal development workshops-this activity is particularly effective with those from our cohort who have disabilities. Term Break Camps (1) Incubators, during autumn and winter mid-term breaks, teams from our afterschool who produce work that could go into production/to market or, at the very least, be developed into a minimal viable product learn about and work on a strategy for commercializing their inventions or apps; (2) Devising Week, during Easter break, 'devising' for participants means to plan or invent for a four day period when learning skills, mentoring and career experience are combined to deliver instruction in using technologies to problem solve in ways that are relevant to and currently being done in industry. Alumnae Opportunities: girls who have completed secondary school can participate in offerings that are designed to be social and enable the building of support and professional networks including debate and discussion events, scholarship information and application workshops, CV, job hunt and interview training, study habits bootcamps, and "give-back" mentoring days. Teen-Turn works with school representatives, including school completion officers and guidance counselors, to identify girls with promise who lack the confidence or are challenged by home circumstances, learning difficulties, or other obstacles (including ASD) that prevent them from performing in school as well as they potentially can. Conscious that these at-risk girls have high attrition and low post-secondary education progression rates, our approach is both immersive and followed up with reinforcement along what we call the 'Junior Cert to Job' route. An important component to this intervention is that each girl interacts regularly with women-in-STEM mentors as learning in the presence of female role models has been shown to impact girls' self-image and confidence, encouraging them to see themselves in new ways and stimulate new interests. We also provide recurring skill training and personal development opportunities. ***** Teen-Turn seeks impact over impression, distinguishing itself by committing to support participants through multiple stages--secondary school, third level, and career--to combat the high drop-out rate which affects our beneficiary group. Teen-Turn focuses on long-term results through its 'Junior Cert to job' support system. We are on track to increase the number of disadvantaged girls entering third level/acquiring jobs by 1,000 by 2021 and expect to continue at a rate of at least 300 per year. Within five years we will have provided a significant number of disadvantaged girls in Ireland the social capital and skills experience necessary to acquire STEM qualifications and career opportunities. The impact is this development of a local talent pool of skilled women who can thrive in a STEM career environment from whom companies can hire. Resultant, too, is the knock on effect of their presence as role models to girls from their own communities. Our Theory of Change envisages this impact as reaching even further than broadening inclusion in STEM. In addition to the likelihood of participants finding meaningful employment in STEM, changing their own and possibly their families' standard of living, there are other possibilities. Because of the enterprise programming to which the participants are exposed and the frequent feedback reiterating an interest in starting a business, some Teen-Turn beneficiaries will start their own companies, becoming employers themselves. The qualifications attained combined with the professional network developed should position these individuals to succeed. Also, as a factor of a skills shortage is staff turnover, employee retention will be improved by there being a talent pool from which to draw who has ties to the neighboring communities. Lastly, studies indicate that when those from disadvantage are empowered to become active citizens, they also become powerful self advocates. It is our expectation that future policy makers and community lobbyists will emerge from our cohort, already evident on a few of the girls' blogs.

Collaborative Cures

Everything we do at Collaborative Cures is about building relationships and creating connections so that we bring people together to cure paralysis in our lifetime. To do it, we are co-creating an interdisciplinary knowledge network of thought leaders in academia, business, government and civil society to better understand how to solve complex problems.

Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

AADI's mission and core activity is to change the world for children with autism by offering those suffering from debilitating symptoms of autism the opportunity to reach their full potential. Since its inception in 2010, AADI has placed Assistance Dogs and Companion Dogs to families with a child on the autism spectrum. As well as providing life-changing autism assistance dogs, we are committed to raising autism awareness, understanding and inclusion within the community. At Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, we aim to enrich the lives of people with disabilities by: (i) the training and placement of highly skilled Assistance Dogs with Autistic children and adults for their safety, independence and companionship, (ii) providing a personalised service with continuing support for Assistance Dog teams and (iii) all other related services and aspects. e. V.

Labdoo is a non-profit global platform where people around the world collaborate to bring unused laptops loaded with powerful educational software to needy schools using CO2-neutral means. Labdoo is a global collaborative project founded in 2010 with the dream to make education accessible to every child on the planet by repurposing computer devices. Since then, Labdoo has spread to more than 135 countries helping more than 600 thousand students through hundreds of hubs and thousands of volunteers that engage by collecting, preparing and bringing educational devices to more than 2000 schools globally. Everyone involved in the Labdoo Project is a volunteer and none of our members receives any remuneration for the time contributed to the cause, other than the satisfaction of seeing the joy of a child receiving education. We are just ordinary people working for an extraordinary cause. Join us!

Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Zrownowazonego Rozwoju Pro Ukraina

The organization was established as a result of a spontaneous initiative and willingness to help the those people who are in need, who suffered from military actions in Ukraine. Our mission is the permanent and balanced integration of Ukraine with the European Union through the implementation of current tasks and long-term activities in the form of, among others: - Humanitarian actions - Social projects - International cooperation

The Rainbow Club Cork

The main object for which the Company is established is to provide a support club for children and young people with Autism and their families, which focuses on ability rather than disability. The club will deliver these services in the Munster region. Services that will be provided include social and teen groups, music, art and play therapy sessions, speech and language supports as well as sports groups. Siblings will be supported through social events and workshops. Training and counselling will be facilitated for families in helping them to support their children and young people with Autism. Mentoring programmes will be provided for our young adults with Autism to help them develop life skills. These facilities will be delivered in a purpose-built centre in the Mahon area. These services will be provided by our team of trained volunteers, employees appropriately qualified professionals.


We have a beautiful mission: we want to cure every child's cancer. Find new treatments, improve existing ones, and kick children's cancer to send it far, far away forever and may it never come back!


Plan International Espana is an international development and humanitarian organisation which strives for a just world that advances children's rights and equality for girls. We focus our action to: - empower women, young and communities to make vital changes that tackle root causes of discrimination, poverty, exclusion and vulnerability; - drive change in practice and policy at local, national and global levels through our experience. - Work with young to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity; - support the safe progression of children from birth to adulthood. Plan International is committed to safeguarding of women and young people. We are an organization that works to defend, promote and protect children's rights in order to achieve societies that respect the rights of all children and enable them to have a life of dignity and a future full of opportunities. We are currently present in 77 countries around the world and we aim to ensure that our work provides lasting benefits to children, their families and communities. One of our main areas of work is the economic empowerment of youth, especially the most vulnerable adolescents and young people, so that they become resilient, acquire knowledge and skills for employment, have access to job opportunities and actively participate in the development of their professional careers. We develop programs aimed at economic security, through training in employability and entrepreneurship skills. o To this end, we seek the commitment of citizens and institutions, and build partnerships to: o Empower children, young people and their communities to generate lasting change that addresses the causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability. o Drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and international levels through our outreach, experience and knowledge of the realities that children experience. o Support children and their communities in adapting and responding to crises and adversity. o Ensuring the safe and positive development of children from birth to adulthood. For 83 years, its work based on social responsibility and transparency has cemented its reputation for ethical, effective and committed humanitarian aid in each of its projects. Plan International is a Foundation that has been working in Spain since 2010 on programs in Spain aimed at raising awareness and empowering Spanish girls and young women about their rights. In 2012, and as a result of the economic crisis and the transformation it brought to the labor market, Plan International started to implement insertion programs for groups at risk of exclusion.


The mission of Ayúdame3D is to create and provide 3D-printed prosthetic devices to people with limb differences, regardless of their socioeconomic status. The organization aims to promote a culture of inclusion, empowerment, and innovation, by leveraging technology, education, and community engagement. Ayúdame3D envisions a world where every person with a disability has access to affordable and functional assistive devices that enable them to live with dignity, independence, and full participation in society.

Hometree CLG

The main object for which the Body is established is to create and conserve native woodland and rehabilitate land to optimum ecological status. We achieve this by purchasing land and use best practices to restore biodiversity and create new woodlands throughout Ireland. We inform the public on best ecological practices and host workshops and open days. The charity benefits the public and enhancement of the environment.

Associacao Native Scientist

Broaden the horizons and spark interest in science of underserved children through science outreach educational programmes