The B!G Idea

We are proud and excited to partner and support The B!G Idea. The B!G Idea is a multi-award winning, creative, educational programme for 15 to 19-year-olds that is being delivered nationwide. We are thrilled to be part of a programme that teaches creative thinking to our future trailblazers and innovators, and tomorrow’s empathetic leaders. Creative thinking is a vital, in-demand, future skill and a precursor for innovation and so we support the introduction of these skills into students’ learning lives. There is no other programme like this in Ireland, as students learn the process of problem-solving through creative thinking, mental agility and critical thinking. The 14-week programme runs from January to May as students develop their B!G Idea focusing on solutions to societal issues that concern them. Students use their new-found knowledge to co-create projects to tackle issues such as Mental Health; Hidden Poverty; Displaced People; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Healthcare; the Housing Crisis, and Climate Change. All student challenges are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, helping young people to become global citizens by understanding these globally utilized goals and connecting them with industry mentors to develop innovative and practical solutions to meet them. Learners are tasked with applying their new creative thinking skills to create real solutions in the form of a digital experience, a product, a space or place, a service or a tech solution – on a local or global level. All programme materials, class content and resources are provided at no cost to students, parents and teachers. In 2023, there are almost 4,000 students taking part in 89 educational centers nationwide (secondary schools and Youthreach services), with a waiting list for 10,000 places in 2024. Students and teachers are loving the innovative nature of The B!G Idea programme: “I learned that I’m not as shy as I used to be. I don’t really like to talk much or throw out my ideas or be involved with groups but I actually did pretty good on this project with my classmates.” – Tori, Kilkenny Youthreach “Young people have great ideas and should be given a voice more often.” – Shane, Lusk Community College Social Media Handles:  
  Twitter   @TheBigIdea_IRL
  LinkedIn   @The Big Idea Ireland
  Instagram   @the_big_idea_irl
  Facebook   @TheBigIdea.IRL
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