Over 60 community champions applauded at Citywise Education Centre

Over 60 community champions applauded at Citywise Education Centre

By Mary Dennehy


MORE than 60 community champions were applauded at a recent awards night in the Citywise education centre in Jobstown, a glowing reminder of the talent, dedication and civic-mindedness of Tallaght’s youth.

The Citywise club awards saw more than 60 young people win awards for a range of achievements across areas such as sport, homework, coding, Gaisce, leadership and volunteering.

Nine new community youth leaders were also presented with Level 1 and 2 certificates for their training and commitment and for the example they set to other young people on the Citywise programmes.

Ellie Iveagh Saoirse Prentice  Kirsty Walsh pick up the On The Right Track awards

Based on Fortunestown Way, Citywise encourages young people to develop their talents, in education, sports and other social interests and clubs – with the education centre raising the aspirations of young people growing up in under-served communities and opening up possibilities for further education.

Running in Tallaght since 2005, Citywise has not only created opportunities for young people but also for its surrounding community, as young people become leaders in their own area, supporting its growth and development.

During the awards evening, 16-year-old Vlad Medves was announced as Volunteer of the Year for the impact he has had on Citywise programmes.

According to Christopher Smith, of Citywise: “As a leader, tutor, IT technician, fundraiser, musician and role model, Vlad stood out among his peers and is truly a champion of his community.”

Vlad also showed the diversity of his talents by accompanying singer Rebecca Markey on piano during the awards celebration.

Alex Barrett entertains the crowd with a few songs on the violin

Special presentations were also given to Aoife Preston for her work as a senior volunteer and to Sean O’Connor and Megan Leech who won the prestigious accolade of Mr and Ms Citywise.

Citywise members and magicians Jack Martin and Liam McMahon-Buggy also entertained those gathered at the awards ceremony, alongside comedian Brian Hicks and musician Alan Barrett who played the fiddle.

Citywise extended a special thanks to Tallaght Rugby Youth Development Officer and Tallaght Person of the Year Philip Preston for his continuous support.

For further details on Citywise – which is a not-for-profit organisation – visit www.citywise.ie.

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