The Elevate Foundation is hosting a special event for Youthreach Centres in Clare titled “Thrive”. Some of the most inspiring people in Ireland are coming to visit these young people to share their stories with them.
- Gavan Hennigan – Adventurer
- Leanne Moore – Nutrition and Fitness Expert
- Jamie Harrington – Community Activist
- Podge Collins – Elevate Ambassador
- Monica Coady – Meditation and Mindfulness Expert
The event takes place Friday, January 19th in the Temple Gate Hotel from 9.30am to 1.30pm
Youthreach is an integral part of the national programme of second-chance education and training in Ireland. The programme is directed at unemployed young early school leavers aged 15-20. It offers participants the opportunity to identify and pursue viable options within adult life.
Elevate is delighted to host this offering of their programme initiatives. Almost 100 Youthreach learners will be attending this.
The Who’s Who
Gavan is one of Irelands leading adventure athletes. His story is one to be heard. He is committed to delivering a significant change in the way Ireland responds to, supports and thinks about youth mental health. Elevate is very inspired by Gavans story and believe that he will inspire students by giving them insights into his mental resilience and how to overcome set backs. He is also passionate about promoting an alcohol and drug free lifestyle; individuality and instilling in young people the power of positive mindset.
Nutritional advisor and fitness expert Leanne Moore will delve into the area of health, wellness, stress, energy and productivity. She will educate the Youthreach learners on clean foods, healthy snacks and essential ingredients to work within their everyday diet. She will also share her top tips on the importance of physical fitness for wellness and for the overall happiness in your life.
Jamie Harrington is an 18 year old community activist from Ballymun in north Dublin, became heavily involved in his community from a very early age and developed a love for arts and music through this, At the age of 13 Jamie was running community clean ups and music events in his local youth centre. Since then his online profile has grown from strength to strength. In 2013 he became involved in TeenLine Ireland where he was an ambassador for 4 years, within those 4 years Jamie won many awards but the one that stand out the most is The Rotary International Young citizen of 2015. He is now travelling Ireland and further talking to young people about how its ok not to be ok and its absolutely ok to ask for help and also talking about his own journey with mental health and this inspirational story.
Clare County hurler Podge Collins has become Elevate’s very first ambassador. Best known for his passion on the pitch he is now supporting an initiative close to his heart, promoting positive mental health. His energetic and relentless approach to maintaining a positive outlook on life perfectly reflects the ethos of the foundation. His hopes are to inspire young people to realise their full potential and embrace the many opportunities, which await them in their very bright futures.
Guiding the group in a simple cleansing and grounding guided meditation is Monica Coady. Monica has been practising mindfulness for over 10 years, and she has been teaching and lecturing in education since the 1980s. She has trained to teach mindfulness at the University of Bangor in Wales and attends further training twice a year at Oxford University.