The Leadership for Life programme involves 3 modules, two facilitated modules and one self-directed module. A workbook for participants accompanies each module. This workbook is now available in Irish.
Module one is an introduction to the concepts of leadership and the skills necessary to be a good leader. This module focuses on communication skills, self awareness, values and team problem-solving. Participants are also encouraged to develop personal and leadership goals for themselves. They also develop a plan for how they will work towards achieving these goals.
Some of the topics covered include:
Definitions of Leadership
Philanthropy and Global Leadership
Module two builds on the learning from module one, with participants continuing to develop core leadership skills. Module two introduces planning tools using the logic model, advanced communication and personal development skills, conflict resolution, critical thinking and debating. There is also a team research project where participants work as part of a group to undertake a research project on a local, community, or global issue. Each group will research their chosen topic through a variety of methodologies. When they have gathered their research, they will deliver a group presentation on their findings.
Some of the topics covered include:
Research Methods for a Team Project
Self-Awareness and Values
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Module 3 is a self-directed module where participants engage in a Community Action Project of their choice. This is a practical project to be undertaken in a voluntary capacity for a minimum of 20 hours. It presents participants with an authentic opportunity to practice the leadership skills gained throughout Modules 1 and 2.
There are 3 elements to Module 3
1. Completion of minimum 20 hours of a community action project
2. Completion of a reflective learning journal
3. Completion of a portfolio which documents the project undertaken
Community Action Project
It is recommended that the Community Action Project is linked to the leadership goal of Module 1 and the research project of Module 2 however this is not mandatory.
Participants can work individually or in small groups for their project. Where young people are working together in groups, it is essential that everyone has an opportunity to use their skills and take on key elements of the project. Learning journals and portfolios must be completed individually.
Participants will be supported through their project by a facilitator or mentor who will check in with them at various stages throughout the project. It is the participants responsibility to ensure they keep their mentor informed as they progress the project. Facilitators/Mentors do not need to be present for the 20 hours of the Community Action Project. Their role is more support and guidance when needed.
Examples of Community Action Projects
Participants are encouraged to choose a Community Action Project that they are interested in and passionate about. Some examples of projects include:
Fundraising for or volunteering with a charity
Visiting a local nursing home
Teaching a skill to others, for example: soccer, dance, chess etc.
Responding to a local issue in your community
Volunteering with a local youth club or youth café
Organising a local event whereby funds raised are donated to charity
Establishing a junior club in your area
Mentoring younger members in your local sports club
Getting involved with a local community organisation such as Tidy Towns
Setting up a support for new students starting in 1st year
Promoting or highlighting a cause that that you are passionate about
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