In collaboration with our local host and partner SEDCo, ImpactAimers hosted a fully subsidised four-day youth exchange in Ireland on 13-16 October 2016 to empower 19 young changemakers in Ireland, aged between 18 and 30, to kick-start their career as social entrepreneurs.
Immersed in the beautiful natural surroundings of Slane, the participants engaged in a series of peer-coaching workshops, self-led open-space sessions, inspiring storytelling activities and other creative pursuits with the goal of embarking upon a process of self-discovery to find out their own unique changemaker purpose. The adaptive flow of the exchange allowed participants to foster meaningful relationships and create a sense of belonging to a like-minded community, with the hope to create a supportive network of changemakers in Ireland that can work together to solve Ireland’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.
The ImpactAimers youth exchange is unique as it is organised and facilitated entirely by fellow young social entrepreneurs from across Europe. The direct involvement of successful young social entrepreneurs ensures that each participant receives personalised support to take the next steps in their journey, as well as authentic and hands-on insights into the life of social entrepreneurs. The youth exchange also represented an opportunity for Irish changemakers to join a global community of young people who are committed to using social enterprise to achieve positive change.
We are currently gathering feedback from our participants to assess the impact of our youth exchange. In the meantime, we invite you to view some pictures by visiting our Facebook page.
“It makes me smile when I think about it. It was definitely confidence boosting and life-changing. It cemented for me what I deep down already knew but was maybe too afraid to admit.” – Lauren, Ireland 2016
“Phenomenal, absolutely loved it all.” – Rian, Ireland 2016
“ImpactAimers truly helped me in a moment of struggle. Overall it was an experience of self-discovery and self-love while meeting truly inspiring people and creating a community that supports each other and cares about being kind to one another.” – Chiara, Ireland 2016
“My overall experience was amazing, I feel confident, liberated, inspired, ambitious, but most of all I feel I can actually be a changemaker.” – Megan, Ireland 2016