Gaisce Challenge Partners support and involve young people to participate in one or more Gaisce Challenge Area, allowing Gaisce participants to use relevant activities to count towards achieving a Gaisce Award. Challenge Partners frequently act as activity supervisors, signing off on weekly activities for Gaisce participants.
If your organisation currently supports and involves young people to participate in a Gaisce Challenge Area, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can become an official Gaisce Challenge Partner.
Current national Gaisce Challenge Partners:
|An Óige – The Irish Youth Hostel Association – An Óige have 24 Irish youth hostels located in prime locations throughout Ireland. Theirbudget youth hostels offer good quality, safe and comfortable accommodation for families, groups and individuals of all ages.||BT Young Scientist and Technology – Supporting young people to develop and showcase innovative STEM projects and achieve the Gaisce ‘Personal Skill’ challenge area at Bronze level (further guidelines for Gaisce PALs)|
|Children’s Books Ireland – Engaging young people with books, fostering a greater understanding of the importance of books. Supporting Gaisce participants to achieve the ‘Community Involvement’ and ‘Personal Skill’ challenge areas at Bronze level.||Coder Dojo – A global network of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Supporting Gaisce participants to achieve the ‘Personal Skill’ challenge area at Bronze level, and ‘Community Involvement’ challenge area at all Gaisce levels (further info).||Computer Clubhouse – The Clubhouse, located in the heart of the liberties in Dublin, provides a safe and creative learning environment in technology for young people between the ages of 10 and 18.|
|Cycle Against Suicide – The main objective of Cycle Against Suicide is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.||Deaf Communications – Deaf Communications is an organisation that has been setup to provide services and resources for Deaf people, their families, friends and colleagues, to parents of children diagnosed as being deaf and to organisations that require training or resources in order to communicate appropriately with the Deaf community and with Deaf people as individuals.||Defence Forces – The Defence Forces is made of the Irish army, navy, air corp and reserves. The role of the Defence Forces includes to aid civil power, to defend the state against armed aggression, and to participate in multinational peace support, among others.|
|Don Bosco Youth Net – Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw is an international network of Salesian youth work offices and youth organisations which work in the style of Don Bosco. The task of the network is to create and promote international activities for and by young.||ECO-UNESCO – ECO-UNESCO is Ireland’s Environmental Education and Youth Organisation affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations.||Habitat for Humanity – Habitat for Humanity Ireland is an independent, nonprofit organisation that operates in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International in Ireland.|
|The Hope Foundation – Dedicated to promoting the protection of street and slum children in Kolkata and the most underprivileged in India. Supporting Gaisce participants to achieve the ‘Community Involvement’ challenge area at Bronze level.||Irish Youth Music Awards – an educational programme for young people aimed at creating teamwork and friendship at local level, while providing first contact work experience in a variety of subjects associated with the music business. Supporting Gaisce participants to achieve the ‘Personal Skill’ challenge area at Bronze level.||SciFest – SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs for second-level students hosted locally in schools and at regional level in third level colleges, culminating in a national final each November. Supporting young people to achieve the ‘Community Involvement’ challenge area for Gaisce at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.|
|Young Social Innovators – firing young people’s passion to change the world for good. Supporting young people to achieve the ‘Community Involvement’ challenge area for Gaisce at Bronze and Silver levels.||YouthBank – YouthBank is a unique way of involving young people in community activity. It does this as an all-island of Ireland initiative through a network of grant-making committees run by young people.|