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Joeys win 1st place at the LEO Student Enterprise awards!

Tuesday 6th March saw the LEO (Local Enterprise Office) Student Enterprise Programme Dublin City finals take place in Croke Park. Over 40 school teams attended and brought with them a huge range of creative and innovative businesses and ideas! That day saw us put St. Josephs CBS on the Student Enterprise map!

Our ‘Mind Matters’ team, led by their teacher Ms. Allison Leetch, wrote a book for young people that focuses solely on Mental Health and the promotion of a positive mentality. It features interviews, useful contacts, food and exercise tips, a section on the supports that our fantastic city has to offer for those who may be struggling with their own mental health and much more! It is a resource that can be used by young people, their teachers, their families and anyone that works closely with young people. This group of students have been working on this project since September and were then awarded 1st place in the Senior Category of the LEO student enterprise awards last week! The excitement could be felt throughout the school when the crystal was brought back to Joeys. The Mind Matters team will now go on to represent Dublin in the All Ireland LEO Student Enterprise National Finals.

Our aim is to promote the Cycle Against Suicide message that ‘Its okay not to feel okay and it is absolutely okay to ask for help’. This resource empowers the voices of young people and shows everyone that we need to speak about mental health and we need to do everything we can to promote a positive mentality in all students across our country. All books are being sold for €5 each and money earned will be donated to Jigsaw Dublin City.  Everyone in Joeys is so proud of this team and wish them the very best in the National Finals! If you are interested in purchasing a book contact mindmattersbook@gmail.com  for more details and follow us on twitter on @joeys_secondary to keep up to date with our preparation and progress in the National Finals!


Left to Right: TY students Cian Maloney, Sean Higgins, Joe McAuley, Lee Cadwell and Matthew Boland
Mind Matters team with their teacher Ms. Leetch