Synopsis: This six week pilot programme intends to give students the opportunity to work with mentors from various backgrounds,
with a wide range of expertise in their field, in order to enable the students to reach their own potential.
Aim: to establish a relationship between the facilitators and the group.
One hour introductory session
Checking in - Mark’s Story
Mutual Contract Agreement:
This first step will involve a mutual contract agreement between ourselves and the students.
It will detail our expectations of the students and their expectations of us as mentors.
Also Mark will introduce the team and show a clip of Shane Cunningham, who will feature in next week’s session.
The second step will involve Mark talking about his background and where his idea originated from, the people involved and its overall aim.
The Story of Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody
The students are divided up into four teams. Envelopes will be handed out to the young people and inside each envelope a word either Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody will be written on a piece.
The young people will be divided into groups under the above headings.
The facilitator will show a clip from Ted Ex highlighting the
importance of communication, creativity in education.
Objective: of the exercise to is to encourage young people to explore the labels that can be put on by society or their peers.
Checking in – Student’s stories
The students, who will all have name badges, introduce themselves and if they want, tell us about their interests/hobbies and passions.
This game works best for groups that know each other reasonably well.
Sit in a circle and give everyone a piece of paper and pen.
Each person should write their name at the top of the piece of paper, then pass it to the person on their left.
Each person then writes one or two (or more) positive characteristics about the person whose name is at the top of the paper.
After 30-60 seconds, everyone passes the pieces of paper around to their left again.
This continues until everyone has written on everyone else's paper
Actions: Each group will be given a topic to carry out a piece of work under the headings Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and
Mark, his team and the students discuss the session and how it went, identifying what went well, what could have been better and any
suggestions regarding the next few weeks.
Facilitator: Mark Mc Cormack, Alison Lennon.
Aim: is to remove the students from their comfort zone and experience communication in an informal setting such as outdoor activities whilst
using the skills of an archaeologist to communicate our heritage and the resources available within a community.
A Tour of Medieval Carlingford.
The tour will be led by Dr Alison Lennon, who specializes in the archaeology of medieval Louth and has worked extensively with secondary
children, providing workshops on heritage, history and archaeology.
The students will travel by bus and be accompanied by Mark & Alison.
The idea behind the trip is to provide the students with an opportunity to share in their local heritage, while also getting some fresh air.
It will also enable them to relax outside the school environment and to get to know and therefore trust the leaders of the group.
(Students will require a packed lunch)
Facilitator: Mark Mc Cormack, Alison Lennon (Bus Trip).
Aim: is to facilitate communication through the medium of comedy and explore mentoring.
This week is based on communication styles and an introduction to mentoring.
The session is lead by Mark Mc Cormack in collaboration with Shane Cunningham, a comedian from Galway, who will share his story with the young people.
Shane will demonstrate the art of communication through a comedy workshop. The workshop will involve some light- hearted entertainment
and impression of various celebrities from the world of entertainment and sport.
The session will also incorporate a ‘circle of trust’ where Mark and Shane will tease out a discussion about what it is to be a young person in today’s Ireland:
how young people communicate and ask questions.
The young people will watch a clip from youtube in relation to Violence. The young people will then be asked to explore their thoughts on the
Facilitator: Mark Mc Cormack, Shane Cunningham
Aim: to develop the student’s skills of team building and the importance of working in collaboration and understanding that Everybody,
Somebody, Anybody and Nobody is needed to achieve a goal.
This week will involve a coach who will talk to the students about the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.
Depending on the weather, we will take the students outside and the sports team will go through a series of drills which will involve the
students working as a team.
(This will be subject to the students signing off on a letter stating they are physically fit to take part and consent has been given by their
Facilitator: Mark Mc Cormack, Gary Kelly
Aim: is to recap on the programme from start to finish and allow the students an opportunity to reflect on the programme in relation to their
own experience and learning objectives.
Mark will commence with a talk to the students about the programme ‘Create the Great in You’ and how a mentor can be the ‘missing link’
in a young person’s life. The students will get the opportunity to engage in conversation focused around “the circle of trust” which was part of the
Alison and Mark will divide the students into groups and ask them to answer a series of questions about mentoring, communication,
collaboration and communication. Ali
An interactive discussion will take place between the students and mentors in relation to the student’s thoughts on mentors/mentoring/
This game is a cross between Chinese Whispers and Pictionary.
The students are divided up into teams of 4.
Ask the first member of each team to gather in close then whisper a sentence, object or phrase to them. For example "Christmas Time" or
"Boys playing basketball".
They must then return to their teams and attempt to draw (without talking) a picture that communicates that phrase. When they are finished,
they pass the drawing to team member 2, He/she then whispers the phrase to team member 3, who then draws it and passes it to team member 4,
who then writes what they think the phrase is on the picture.
Once all groups are finished, get all the Team Member 4's to reveal the drawings (you'll be surprised!)
Facilitator: Mark Mc Cormack, Alison Lennon
This week will centred around a discussion about the theory behind the mentoring and the benefits of having one significant adult role
model/mentor in a young person’s life. It will involve feedback and discussion of this six week programme. What went well, what went wrong,
what could be improved and suggestions for future programmes.
The students who took part in the programme will get an opportunity to present a project on their understanding and learning from beginning
of the workshops to the end workshop.
It will also involve the presentation of awards for those students who contributed the most to the programme.
(Certificates of participation for all class, trophies for three students).
Facilitator: Mark Mc Cormack, Alison Lennon, Shane Cunningham, Alison Lennon, Bernadette Brereton, Gary Kellly.