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SparkED Sparking the Light for a Brighter Future

Pictured are the members of the SparkED team along with a group of students taking part in the programme

SparkED Sparking the Light for a Brighter Future

SparkED is a youth leadership programme that empowers young people, transition years, to take their future into their own lives being a leader within themselves and in the wider community to create a brighter future.  


A group of young people taking part in the Programme




Our Youth Leadership programme is rolled out in 4 stages, to transform the transition year’s students into leaders within their communities:

  1. Instilling a culture of volunteering within the lives of the students and introducing them to the community partners;
  2. Transferring the leadership skills needed to become a great leader through two workshops; the first on decision making and the second on communication skills
  3. Giving these young people an opportunity to showcase these skills and what they have learned, through a showcase presentation in front of the faculty board, charity partners and the partners from Nexus Innovation, Citibank and Uber.
  4. Brand new this year they are offering opportunities of corporate work experience to transition years that excel and develop in the SparkED program in their corporate partners such as the UL Law department, Nexus Innovation and Uber.

SparkED were the overall winners at the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Development Competition in 2018. They received €3,000 towards funding in order to invest in their social enterprise.

Catriona O’Halloran, Co-Project Leader for SparkED told ilovelimerick “It has been such a fantastic experience working on SparkED this year and the best part is definitely going out to the secondary schools to work with the transition year students. We have a great team of Enactus UL students working hard to run the project and we have been able to grow SparkED bigger this year than we ever expected. We are delighted that so many transition year students are embracing our project and are eager to get involved. We are all very excited to see how SparkED will continue to grow in the years to come.”

This year SparkED have 100 TY’s involved from 3 schools in Tipperary and Limerick volunteering in over 10 partners in their community. They are sparking the light to a brighter future in Limerick and beyond. The programme proves that the youth of Limerick are engaged in helping to build a better Limerick while also engaging youth, charities and companies in Limerick.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.