The BlueFire Fellowship is a social leadership, action based, learning programme for 18 – 30 year olds; providing an opportunity for young adults to unleash their leadership and changemaker ability.
Throughout this 9 month programme, participants will collaborate together to develop upon existing skills & build new ones; increase awareness of global and local challenges; explore their role as social innovators; and become meaningful changemakers.
Participants gain practical hands on experience at effecting change through firstly, delivering BlueFire’s service in the community, before moving on to designing and implementing their own social change project. By bringing together training with practical implementation, BlueFire Fellows gain real life tools to positively shape their communities and realise the true depths of their capacity.
The BlueFire Fellowship empowers participants to develop valuable and transferable skills which they can take back to their local context – to their communities, homes, universities and work environments. Our aim is to provide a space where personal and professional growth can be facilitated, directed and collectively achieved; where learning, sharing, connecting and expanding are at the core of how the programme is approached.
The BlueFire Fellowship has been made possible thanks to the Community Foundation for Ireland.
Interested in becoming a fellow? Learn more below, and make sure to apply before 1st April 2018 at 11.59pm.
For the first five months of the programme, fellows form teams (Community Collaboration, Dublinternational Festival Team, Marketing, or Business Development). These teams are fully responsible for delivering BlueFire’s 2018 services & programmes, gaining meaningful hands on experience at affecting change at a local and city-wide level. During these five months, each team will work with a team leader at BlueFire as well as collaborate with external mentors to support you during this innovative action based learning programme. To learn more about the teams you can join, click here.
After these five months, you will then move on to create your own project. Mentorship and training will continue during this phase of the programme, to support you as you grow your capacity to affect meaningful change in the community.
Once a month, for the full 9 months, all fellows gather for workshops, training & reflection. On this day, each team learns from each other; expert trainers provide core skills such as strategic planning, HR and marketing, which fellows then directly apply to the programme/project they are delivering in the community; and through workshops, which allow all involved access their inner strength & wisdom, fellows build their capacity to unleash their full potential to be a changemaker.
By the end of the programme you will have built key leadership, entrepreneurial and changemaking skills, giving you the capacity to affect change in a wide array of settings, including starting your own social enterprise. You will also:
- Have run your own project, from concept to implementation, with the option to continue the project beyond the programme independently or in partnership with BlueFire
- Be part of our lifelong community of people passionate about cultural integration, with access to our network of mentors, advisers, business leaders and social innovators
- Unleash your full changemaker potential through the hands on experience of delivering BlueFire’s programmes, establishing & delivering your own project, participating in our workshops & training and reflecting and learning with and from your fellow fellows.
- Develop intercultural competencies
- Make a meaningful impact in the community, in the area of ethnic & cultural integration and youth empowerment