Community Initiative Funding
5 May 2011
Through the generosity of Trinity Alumni, the Civic Engagment Office is supporting three students to undertake community action projects of their own initiative over the summer.
Senior Freshman student of European Studies, Emily McCormack, will be running a three day intensive summer camp for adolescent girls in the midlands with supervision from Foróige. The summer camp will include workshops on international humanitarian issues, creative skills seminars and some personal awareness inputs.
Junior Freshman student of Natural Sciences, Sheelan Yousefizadeh is developing as exhibition of Iranian women who are human rights activists which will tour the country in association with Amnesty International Ireland.
The third project being supported in 2011 is being run by Senior Sophister student of Business and Political Science Cíara Begley in the South East with the support of Claiming our Future. This project aims to create civic forums where young people may present the issues which are important in their lives to decision makers and have them respond directly.
In applying for funding, students explained how they found out about the need they hoped to address, what had already been done and most importantly the gap which they sought to fill drawing on their own academic and extra-curricular experience. The community partners are supervising the projects, acting in an advisory capacity and facilitating implementation. All students who applied for community initiative funding this year will participate in a project development seminar in Trinity at the beginning of the summer.
Further details of funded projects and links to the student blogs will be available soon.