New-Bridge Integrated College student Elaine Keegan awarded for supporting the local community
New-Bridge Integrated College student, Elaine Keegan was one of a group of 250 young people from across Northern Ireland to be awarded with a certificate signed by the Prime Minister after graduating from the NI National Citizen Service (NI NCS) this summer, a youth empowerment programme in which they worked in groups to create a social action project to benefit the local community. The graduation ceremony, which took place at Crumlin Road Gaol, was held to commend the group for giving up their school holiday to spend four weeks on the NI NCS programme. On the programme they spent time living away from home, took part in outward bound activities and learnt key skills for work and life.
As part of the last phase of the programme, the teenagers developed their own social action projects around an issue they were passionate about in their local area. The Armagh team decided that they wanted to promote a positive steps to mental well being, having agreed that there was not enough accessible information for young people locally. They did this via a creative mural art project and are in talks with local council and organisations to have their work displayed in various locations.
In addition, Elaine did an intense one week Advanced Computer Science Course in DKIT (Dundalk Institute of Technology) and learnt how to programme a ‘Raspberry Pi’ creating a Weather Station. Busy Summer, well done Elaine!
Elaine (left hand side) is pictured with fellow participants.
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