Transition Year Fundraising Policy
Presentation Secondary School –Wexford
Fundraising is an integral part of the Transition Year Programme, encompassing the principles of volunteerism, skills development and student social awareness.
} The Mission Statement of Transition Year from the Department of Education and Skills had the aspiration of preparing students to become participative members of society with one of it aims of Transition Year stating:
Education for MATURITY with the emphasis on social awareness and increased social competence
} The Mission Statement of TYP at Presentation Secondary School, Wexford has the goal of students “taking on more individual responsibilities and developing an awareness of the world in which they live.”
§ Skills Development:
Partaking in Fundraising facilitates the development of the multiple intelligences of students, namely their interpersonal skills e.g through their communication with the public and/ or the adult facilitator of a specific campaign event. Students take on individual responsibilities e.g when bag packing or taking part in bucket collections. Where students themselves organise events e.g ‘Walk in my Shoes’ they experience/ learn the skills of marketing their event, responsibility of money collection/counting/ expressing gratitude to their peers and an overall sense of achievement of initiating and successfully completing a specific campaign.
§ Education of Students
Many Fundraising Programmes aimed at Transition Year Students provide speakers/workshops which serve to educate in relation to services available in the community e.g Irish Wheelchair Association or specific medical conditions e.g Irish Heart Foundation on ‘How to spot the signs of an individual having a stroke?’ Fundraising can also educate students on social issues and promote an awareness of the marginalised in society. Fundraising campaigns can promote Health Issues e.g Breast Cancer (Breast Cancer Ireland) and Aware (Mental Health Issues)
§ Social Responsibility
Fundraising allows students to participate in campaigns which benefit them, their peers and the wider community. Fundraising campaigns in TY can foster a ‘Spirit of Volunteerism’ within students for the future. Development of a sense of participation in various campaigns cultivates a commitment to their own local community and often a sense of social justice.