Archways basis.point programme
Delivering Incredible Years® and Mentoring for Achievement in disadvantaged areas of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny and Wexford
basis.point has provided three grants to Archways. The first grant of €45,500 was made in February 2015 for a two year term to deliver the Incredible Years® programme in Dublin’s inner city. Subsequent grants of €164,000 and €25,000 were approved in April and June 2017 in order to continue the IY programme in Dublin and expand it into Cork and Limerick but to also fund the implementation of Archways’ Mentoring for Achievement Programme (MAP) in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. In 2019, we committed additional funding of €227,000 over a two-year period to enable them to introduce these programmes in counties Kilkenny and Wexford.
Incredible Years® programme
The Incredible Years® programme is a proven prevention and early intervention programme for children with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. The IY programme is targeted at children who range in age from 4 to 8 years. IY was developed in the US and has been rigorously evaluated over the last 30 years. It is currently being used with success in the UK, US, Canada, Norway and NZ and others (Denmark, Portugal, Palestine etc.) Independent research results show a proven capacity to bring about positive change in the behaviour of young children.
Archways works with schools and community organisations in disadvantaged areas to establish what would best match their local needs. Based on this, organisations and schools are supported to embed the programme within their existing systems. Training is provided to upskill teachers in proactive classroom management skills and training for trainers is delivered to enable local organisations to deliver programmes for parents.
The IY programme uses videos, role play, modelling and group discussions to help participants rehearse and practice positive approaches to address behavioural issues.
Mentoring for Achievement Programme
The Mentoring for Achievement Programme is an evidence-based programme that uses mentoring procedures to increase school engagement among targeted students who have personal characteristics (e.g. inattention, disorganization or behavior problems) that interfere with learning. MAP is targeted at children who range in age from 10 to 16 years.
It is a 2 year, school-based programme based on social learning theory. Selected children are assigned a mentor specifically trained in behavioural change techniques.
There is a focus on attendance, punctuality, school engagement, motivation, task adherence and home-school collaboration.
2014 – 2016: €45,500 in Dublin for the IY programme.
2017 – 2018: €189,000 in Dublin, Cork and Limerick for the IY and MAP programmes.
2019 – 2021: €227,000 in Dublin Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny and Wexford.
ELI basis.point programme
Delivering the Parent Child Home Programme in Dublin and Limerick’s Inner City
basis.point, since inception, has committed two grants to the Early Learning Initiative (“ELI”) at National College of Ireland (“NCI”) for their Parent Child Home Programme (“PCHP”).
The first grant of €75,000 was made in September 2015 for a two-year term to deliver the PCHP in Dublin’s inner city. The second grant of €150,000 was approved in March 2017to continue and expand the PCHP already established in Dublin’s inner city and (ii) to establish the programme in the Garryowen and Watergate communities in Limerick.
The PCHP programme, which is in the U.S. Social Impact 100 Index, is a proven innovative, home based literacy programme for pre-school children (18 months – 3 years) that strengthens families and prepares children to succeed academically. It has been in existence in the US for almost 50 years and is proven to significantly increase the educational capital and life chances for young people from areas of historical disadvantage.
At just three years of age, there are already significant differences in the language and mathematical development of children from affluent areas and those from disadvantaged communities. The gap continues to widen if it is not addressed before children start formal education and, to give a child the best chance in education and in life, the work should start from birth.
The Early Learning Initiative at NCI is the only European provider of the programme. Trained Home Visitors model ways that parents can unlock their children’s potential and get them ready for learning.
Over a two year period, Home Visitors model oral language, reading and play in their twice weekly visits.
The families then continue the activities in their own time, thereby enabling the PCHP child and his/her siblings to develop their language, literacy and numeracy skills.
All Home Visitors are local people who share the same language and culture as the families they work with. They receive training as part of the programme and are seen as ambassadors for education in the whole community.
Regularly the PCHP programme is oversubscribed so some children miss out.
Now, with continued and increased funding from basis.point, ELI can continue and expand significantly the programme in Dublin and Limerick ensuring more families will be able to avail of this window of opportunity for their children.
2015 – 2017: €75,000 inner city Dublin
2017 – 2019: €150,000 inner city Dublin and Limerick
Suas and basis.point Numeracy Programme
Delivering a pilot numeracy programme into disadvantaged and under-resourced communities in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.
The initial basis.point grant was made in September 2016 to Suas, an Irish registered educational charity. This donation was to facilitate a pilot Numeracy Programme delivered to children aged between 8 and 14 in disadvantaged schools and communities in Dublin. Children from these schools are most at risk of falling behind their peers and struggling within the Irish education system.
Suas developed a pilot Numeracy Programme similar to their Literacy Support Programme, with a view to improving mathematics skills in schoolchildren who are struggling with numeracy. The pilot numeracy intervention targeted at children with low achievement scores in urban DEIS schools. Mentors work one-to-one with these children to help improve their numeracy skills. The interventions used have been proven to improve student performance and reduce drop-out rates.
The programme was piloted in the 2016/2017 academic year with extremely positive results. Due to the success of the pilot, and the commitment of further funding of €242,000 from basis.point, Suas are in a position to roll out the Programme nationwide and will now have more than 240 trained volunteers throughout 5 locations in Ireland with up to 3000 children benefitting from this support.
The programme uses the ‘Power of 2’, a well-regarded numeracy training approach which utilises clear instruction and repetition through the power of one-to-one mentoring. Mentors are also fully trained as part of the programme to ensure that they are confident about the numeracy concepts that the schoolchildren are learning, and how to best use supplementary play materials to reinforce these key concepts.
The changes in numeracy skills, confidence and self-esteem are fully analysed and measured. The long-term aim for the Numeracy Programme is to generate sufficient, robust data about the changes achieved, and as a result offer the Numeracy Programme as an evidence-based intervention to DEIS schools.
2016: €35,000 has been committed for the development of the pilot Numeracy Programme.
2019: €242,000 rollout and evaluation of numeracy intervention in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.
Foróige basis.point programme
Enabling young people living in low income communities in Cork to reach their full potential.
From September 2017, with funding of 120k over the next two years from basis.point, Foróige will, through their Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme (NFTE), engage more young people than ever before in a transformative youth programme enabling them to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to work towards a better future for themselves and their families.
NFTE is a cutting edge, world recognised, youth entrepreneurship education and development programme.
NFTE’s core objectives are to enable young people to reach their full potential, build self confidence and interpersonal skills and increase school completion, college attendance and career aspirations. It also develops young people’s interest in business to become future entrepreneurs and enables them to have a real-life business learning experience.
Since 2004, over 8,000 young people have set up their own businesses through the NFTE Programme.In the current year there are 1,000 young people, aged 12 to 18, involved in the programme with the support of 100 trained facilitators and over 200 business mentors. Last year a total of 650 NFTE companies had a combined turn-over of €250,000. NFTE is delivered through schools, Foróige Clubs and Projects and Youth Reach.
Research collated by Harvard University on the impact the NFTE Programme has had on participants, concluded that career aspirations increased by 44% and an interest in attending college increased by 32%. Students’ business knowledge increased by 20 times and leadership behaviour increased by 13.2%
€120,000 Inner City Cork
The Business in the Community Ireland basis.point programme
Provides students with a mentor from the world of work to encourage and assist them through the final two years of post primary school.
Funding of €45k over the next two years from basis.point will enable the Student Mentoring Programme to be expanded to benefit an additional 65 – 100 students in 7 schools not yet benefitting from the existing programme in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.
It will also enable the creation of a mentoring alumni association to provide support to the students who have participated in the Student Mentoring Programme so that they have an ongoing supportive network to assist them after they have left school.
The programme encourages the student to stay in school, promotes their self-esteem and develops their awareness of the workplace. Many of our young people do not have the support within their own families to encourage them to continue their studies, complete school and consider the many career options open to them.
This programme provides a network of support that enables them to consider what they would like to do when they leave school.
The programme typically involves a group of approximately ten or twelve students from a school being mentored, and the mentors meet with their student mentee at the company’s offices for an hour every three weeks over a two year period. It has already changed many lives and because of this, BITCI has a vision to bring it to as many young people as possible. The need is greatest in Ireland’s main urban cities and rural towns.
€45,000 Dublin, Cork and Limerick.
The DIT Foundation basis.point programme
Promoting the benefits of third level education to young people in Dublin secondary level schools
From October 2017, with funding of 102k, the basis.point grant will fund the expansion of its Junior Cycle Workshop Programme on a phased basis from the existing 4 DEIS schools to a total of 14 DEIS schools in inner-city Dublin benefitting an additional 750 young people over the next three years.
The Junior Cycle Workshop Programme engages schoolchildren from 1st to 3rd year of secondary education (typically ages 12-15) and promotes higher education as a realistic and achievable ambitions for students from disadvantaged (DEIS) schools in inner city Dublin. It marks the start of a long term relationship with participants and schools which spans the three years of the junior cycle.
By introducing the programme participants to the concept and reality of a third level institution and developing awareness at an early age of the benefit and advantage of education and of DIT’s accessibility and the variety of opportunities available in higher education, the programme inspires ambition and introduces a route to higher education.
The programme aims to encourage a sense of belonging to the college campus amongst the students and to give them some exposure to new areas of potential interest such as design, science, engineering, art and construction, along with a wide variety of career opportunities which are made possible by higher education.