The President’s Award
John O’Donovan accepts his President’s Award in the presence of John Clohessy, Chairman of The Mayfield Community Training Centre, and Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy.
The Mayfield Community Training Centre was delighted to support ex-trainee, John O’Donovan in his attempts to achieve the President’s Award. John achieved the Silver Award in November having previously earned the Bronze. The President’s Award Leader at the centre, Liam O’Sullivan stated; ‘although John has now left the centre to work at the KingsleyHotel, we are happy to continue supporting him in his efforts to obtain a Gold Award. And are confident he will do so.’
Maria Lago O’Sullivan, the Centre Manager, added ‘it is part of the policy of the centre to track and support our students after they finish their courses. We encourage the concept of life-long learning while the young people are here, and are always delighted to see them progress. Many students have continued from the centre to the College of Commerce, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, and St John’s and, even on occasion, UCC. John’s continuing with the President’s Award programme is a further indication of this aftercare.’
The President’s Award is the National Challenge Award given by the President to young people in Ireland between the ages of 15 and 25 years. Recipients of the award get a medal in a presentation box, a certificate signed by the President and a lapel pin.
The purpose of the award is to reward young people who have set and achieved a demanding challenge for themselves in each of 4 different areas of activity:
- Community involvement, for example, helping older people or learning first aid or lifesaving
- Personal skill, for example, learning a musical instrument, computer skills or driving
- Physical recreation, for example, swimming, football or tennis
- Adventure journey, for example, a cycling, canoeing or hiking group trip.
To achieve the top level of award you must also participate in a residential project, for example, a residential Irish language course, a residential sports course or work in a care home.
The award, at the Mayfield Community Training Centre, is achieved under the guidance of a President’s Award Leader (PAL), and is open to all students.