The participants on the current IgnYte Programme at the Mill are engaged in a real live social innovation project.
Following a Workshop organised by YSI & a review of several options- the IgnYte group selected the Design of an App showing wheelchair accessability as a worthwhile project.
Support has been secured from the local Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) office in Drogheda, Nebula Consultancy, a Software Developer based at the Mill & several wheelchair users based in the local area. The aim is to have a prototype Android App ready, covering the Drogheda area, by the end of April.
The success of the project could lead to an App offering National coverage -through the support of the Regional offices of the IWA.
This initiative lead by YSI has also given great insight to the IgnYte programme participants as to how one goes about setting up a new business.
A nice piece in the Drogheda Independent newspaper on 28th January, highlighting a visit from the Tánaiste Joan Burton and local TD Ged Nash to The Mill! With the official launch of the programme, applications for Ignyte 2 are now accepted on our dedicated page.
Over a 12 week period you will explore many different ideas for starting a new business, discover your true self & learn many new skills.
Ignyte training occurs three days per week from 10am to 12:30pm. The first six weeks will take place at the training room in The Mill Enterprise Hub and mentors will work with participants on a one-to-one basis over the following 6 weeks.
Please contact Sean MacEntee on 087 2586916 or phone The Mill directly (041 9802444) to obtain extra information.
Ignyte – The Free Start your own Business programme for those unemployed aged 16 to 30 years of age in Drogheda, Dundalk, Balbriggan and surrounding areas in County Louth
This is the final week of workshops for IgnYte 1. How quickly the last 6 weeks have passed. It has been a learning experience for all concerned. Mentoring activity will continue for several more weeks.
Now we are in recruitment mode for IgnYte 2. We hope to commence this 2nd edition of IgnYte shortly. So please spread the word.
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
IgnYte: Preparing our young, mainly un-employed citizens for a better life through self-employment, self-empowerment & self-reliance
The Mill is Drogheda’s new Enterprise Hub. Through its various programs & activities it aims to support Enterprise & Innovation at all levels in the South Louth, East Meath & Drogheda area. A Hub is like a wheel with many different spokes – IgnYte is one of these spokes. It represents one aspect of the Mill’s mission – to be of relevance to as many groups as possible within our Community. This includes those who are dis-advantaged through lack of education, training & opportunity.
Recent CSO figures confirm that over 25% of our young people aged between 18 & 25 are unemployed. The figures for other EU countries are even worse e.g. Spain is at 52%.
In Ireland programs targeted at assisting the young unemployed tend to concentrate on providing them with back-to-work skills. This is laudable. However there is an absence of training supports for those unemployed young people who may be entrepreneurial. In fact it could be argued that overall public policy assumes that there is an absence of entrepreneurial flair amongst this large group. IgnYte intends to address this gap.
What is IgnYte?
IgnYte is a novel project aimed at enabling young unemployed citizens (aged 16-30) to acquire the skills, attributes & personal motivations necessary to become self–empowered, self-employed (even part-time) & self-reliant. 18 workshops, delivered over a 6 week period, will be at the core of the programme. These workshops will focus on helping each participant to develop a business idea based on their desires, interests, passions & networks. The workshops will be based on experiential learning – i.e. learning by doing. Each participant will also be assigned a dedicated Mentor for the duration of the 12 week program (mentoring will continue for 6 weeks after the workshop phase). ‘IgnYte’ is an introductory phase of a larger project. Those participants that show significant promise from their involvement in ‘IgnYte’ will be considered for a follow-on programme.
Selection for IgnYte Lite:
Working with other local youth-focused organisations, we will select a group of 8-12 individuals who each exhibit some of the attributes & traits evident in entrepreneurs. Prior qualifications are not required. Evidence of a willingness to learn & to actively participate is of more importance (See Application Form attached).
When will it commence?
It is planned to run 3 editions of IgnYte. The first of these will commence in late September 2014.
To apply, please complete the IgnYte Application Form & return to:
Sean Mac Entee
IgnYte is an Opportunity for Young (16-30) Unemployed People to Explore Self-Employment
Aim: To provide the opportunity & environment for young unemployed people to explore self-employment as an alternative to a life of unemployment.
IgnYte will recruit motivated individuals who have an interest in setting up a new enterprise (social or for-profit, part-time or full-time) onto the Programme.
- Are you aged between 16 & 30?
- Are you currently unemployed?
- Are you interested in one day working for yourself instead of for someone else?
- Are you passionate about something?
- Have you a hobby you are enthusiastic about?
- Do you want to explore starting a new business (perhaps based on your hobby or interests)?
- Do you see yourself as different from others?
- Do you envy those who work for themselves?
- Do you feel others do not fully understand you?
- Do you dream about one day becoming financially independent?
- Are you not afraid of taking calculated risks?
- Are you prepared to work hard to realise your dreams?
- Are you willing to commit yourself 100% NOW so as to move closer to becoming your own boss one day?
If you answered ‘yes’ to most of these questions then you are ready to apply for IgnYte. Based in The Mill, Drogheda – IgnYte will fire up your ambitions & give you a fresh outlook on the future. Provided you are willing to participate fully, IgnYte will be a life changing experience. Over a 12 week period you will explore many different ideas for starting a new business, discover your true self & learn many new skills. Everybody who participates in IgnYte will be a winner.
So if you wish to apply for the next IgnYte programme (starts late September), click below to download your application form, fill in your details & drop the form into Boomerang Café, Fair St, Drogheda.
IgnYte Application Form