Week 4 of IgnYte started with an unforgettable experience. At very short notice & prompted by Shane of DP, we all went to see the documentary film ‘Unbreakable’ – all about the amazing life (so far) of Mark Pollock.
Mark is totally blind since his late teens & paralysed from the waist down following a tragic accident over 4 years ago. He is determined to walk again & I have no doubt but that like every other goal in his life to date – he will succeed.
The big bonus after the film was the appearance in person of Mark at the Droichead Arts Theatre along with his totally supportive partner Simone. They engaged in a very open Q&A session lasting over 45 minutes. This was an incredible privilege & a night never to be forgotten.
The postscript was equally surreal.
The RTE news the following morning detailed how an operation in Poland had resulted in a Bulgarian man, paralysed for years, recovering his ability to walk following the transfer of nerves from his nose to his spine!!
Never say Never.
IgnYte – the amazing Youth Enterprise Development Programme run by the Mill will commence on Wednesday 12th November.
Places strictly limited – so get your application in asap!
Further details & application form available at www.themilldrogheda.ie
We are now half way through the 6 week Workshop stage. Time has flown. Participants were asked last week to reflect on IgnYte. The following are some of their comments:
‘Friendly atmosphere in which to learn’
‘Open space in which to share creative ideas’
‘Great experience to learn from others’
‘Fun uplifting & inspiring’
Paul & Stephanie from Development Perspectives also sought feedback on ‘Methods Used, The Trainers, What’s Missing & Something Else’. I will share the participants comments with you in a later blog.
I have decided to hold a 1:1 meeting with each participant before allocating a Mentor. This is to ensure that I fully appreciate their needs at this point in time. These meeting will take place w/c 20th October (week 4). I am being assisted by Miriam who has loads of experience of working with young people.
On Monday the 29th of September the first edition of IgnYte began. Shane, Paul & Stephanie from Development Perspectives (DP) were early arrivals in the Mill to greet Mary, Meggan, Sophia & Lyndsey. Jamie & Christina would join the group later that week. Naturally all of the participants were nervous as they were unsure of what lay ahead. The same could be said of DP & myself. We need not have worried as Shane led the group through a series of ice–breakers. What struck me most about the group was their immediate openness & honesty. Questions were answered with a directness that was refreshing beyond belief.
Over the next 18 workshops (spread over 6 weeks) all 6 participants will be brought through a structured programme which will help them to identify their talents & passions, ideas for an enterprise & evaluation of their business ideas. A Mentor will be assigned after week 3. The person assigned will act as both a Buddy & a Business Mentor. A panel of volunteer Mentors has already been established .
I am very pleased with the experiential learning approach adopted by DP. It is delivered with sensitivity & good humour. Well done Shane, Paul & Stephanie!
Back Row: Sophia, Jamie, Sean, Christina
Front Row: Mary, Shane, Stephanie, Megan, Lyndsey