SavvyTeenAcademy Programme

Course Overview

Join us on our Summer 2021 programme and confirm your place today!

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Savvy Teen Academy Programme  Communication Skills

Communication Skills

Speak confidently to an audience of one or a hundred and be taken seriously, no matter your age

Communication Skills

Do these situations stress you out? In ten minutes you walk into your Leaving Cert oral exam... You have to defend your application in front of the scholarship panel... You walk into a group where you don't know anyone.
Learn the specific techniques used by professional speakers to embrace the nerves and carry the day, even if you think you're shy.
We'll cover: the nuances of body language - voice tone and articulation - organizing your thoughts and getting your point across - how to disagree agreeably - how to plan written communication - how to word your thoughts for maximum impact

Digital Skills

Your online presence

Digital Skills

Your Facebook. If your future employer happened to see it - would they hire you?

You'll learn how to be savvy with social media and your online presence
- Leverage your social media profiles to reflect who you truly are, in an authentic and positive way - Avoid social media disasters - we'll share our own experiences - Practical tools to protect your privacy - Build your online reputation by double-proofing your Twitter, Facebook, SnapChat, WhatsApp profiles - Create a compelling LinkedIn profile and build it into an employer magnet. 



Building Confidence

Think you're shy and lack self-confidence? You're in the same boat as virtually everybody else

Building Confidence

Even outwardly successful people struggle with that exact same issue. We know many public speakers who still have a moment of sheer panic before they walk on stage - but they know how to manage their anxiety and rock that stage.
During your week you will: - learn to identify and manage situations that make you anxious - find, deep inside yourself, the resources you need to cope and flourish - lay the foundations of lifelong practice to become more confident, day after day. Special guests! Donal Walsh's Dad, Ger Brennan (Dublin footballer) will share their own strategies and tell you what works for them. We'll finish the week with Emer Halpenny from Loretto, Foxrock

Careers & Study Skills

Walk into any test or exam with confidence knowing you have done all that you can to get the best possible result

Careers & Study Skills

You will learn to:
- painlessly increase concentration and focus
- remove distractions
- manage your time for maximum efficiency
- utilise the best exam techniques to your advantage

Our guest career coach
will show you how to fill out the CAO form efficiently
... so that you don't have to worry about it. As a bonus, we have hand-picked a selection of guest speakers to answer any question you have about how to flourish in your career... as an entrepreneur, in the Army, and in many, many other fields

Finance & Budgeting

Manage your money, Invest wisely

Finance and Budgeting

You might only need to manage pocket money and babysitting money right now, but very soon money is going to be a big part of your life.

- How to get the highest "bang for your buck" and maximise your money
while still managing your budget in a responsible way
- How to earn a side income while you're still in college!
- How to grow your money by putting a savings plan in place
- Understand the stock market and learn about investing in a risk-controlled way - Invest with confidence

Overcoming Setbacks

Learn to navigate life's challenges, stay safe and take good care of yourself

Overcoming Setbacks

Bounce back from down times and cope with difficult situations.
Build yourself back up after a setback by increasing your mental resilience.

Don't let any of it hold you back, ever!

We have brought in the experts and you will be able to ask them, anonymously, everything you need and want to know about mental health, drink, drugs and sex



"I just wanted to say another big thank you for the great week. I can honestly say I have a different view of my future in the world and how I want to spend my life, also how important it is to know your value in the world."

High-focus summer camp of transformative learning
Yes, you can have it all: excel at school and college, prepare to flourish at work, and maximise the fun of all your life experiences. Build your toolbox of skills and strategies in all areas - whatever the situation, you'll have just the right practical tool to make the most of it. Practice those skills in a supportive, affirming environment. Meet other people just like you and cheer each other on as you watch your potential unfold

All these things require a specific mindset and approach 
Susan HayesCulleton runs #SavvyTeenAcademy. She has walked the walk: she's successfully been through school, college and jobs - and now she runs her own businesses.

We've been there and done that
At #SavvyTeenAcademy, we remember what it was like to dream big and have no idea where to start. We remember what it was like to feel embarrassed and not dare say it out loud: yes, you want the best life. Will others belittle your ambitions? Will they laugh at you? 

This four-day intensive contains
All the practical tips and inspiration we wish we'd had when we were your age. And we'll share it all with you.

What students will learn at #SavvyTeenAcademy

SavvyTeenAcademy is NOT a traditional course based on the school curriculum.

Students will learn and practice skills that are essential to academic and professional success, but aren't taught as such in school, such as:

- speaking confidently and persuasively in front of an audience

- studying smart, and not just hard

- making an excellent first impression in a professional or personal context

- overcoming shyness and coming across as respectful and confident in any conversation or exchange

- managing stress-inducing situations with poise and grace, without crumbling under pressure

- protecting themselves and coping in difficult situations requiring quick adaptation (moving out and starting college, coping with feelings of sadness or isolation, after a breakup for example)

At the end of the programme 
Take home with you the best strategies, tried and selected by highly successful people - and use them for life.

Register early
Places are limited - Book early to be one of only 25 participants!

Come join us
For a packed four days you'll never forget. Learn the skills that will help you in real life. Get clear on what you want from life, and then get it!

Course Program

Monday Building Confidence
Time Programme
10:00 - 11:15 Introduction
11:15 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 13:00 Ten ways to build confidence in unfamiliar scenarios
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Guest speaker - Building Confidence
14:30 - 15:30 Guest speaker - Buidling Confidence
15.30 - 16:00 Giving critical feedback
Tuesday Communicating for Success
Time Programme
10:00 - 11:15 Guest Speaker - Minding Your Mindset
11:15 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 13:00 CV & Cover letter writing
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 CV & Cover letter writing
14:00 - 15:00 Peer to peer interviews
15:00 - 16:00 Peer to peer interviews
Wednesday Carving out your own path
Time Programme
10:00 - 11:15 Study Effectively
11:15 - 11:30 Break
11:30  - 13:00 Public Speaking 
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Personal Branding - Creating your Online Reputation
14:00 - 15:00 Guest speaker - Agile project management for Leaving Cert and College
15:00 - 16:00 Practical Career Guidance
Thursday Making the most of your money
Time Programme
10:00 - 11:15 Guest Speaker - Succeeding in third level, in your career and in life!
11:15 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 13:00 Introduction to the Stock Market
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Teen Entreprenurship
14:30 - 15:30 Teen Entreprenurship
15;30 - 16:00 Ten Steps to Get a Headstart in Life
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#SavvyTeenAcademy Team