for Transition Year students
Horizon helps boys see their secondary school years from the viewpoint of their entire life. It encourages them to develop now the skills and attitudes they will need for future life challenges.
Through a combination of monthly classes, workshops, career presentations and one-to-one mentoring, it teaches them to be men of character who are ready for responsibility to become:
Who runs Horizon?
Horizon is run by Nullamore. Nullamore is an educational centre where young people are helped to reach their full potential in partnership with parents. Nullamore is managed by Brosna Educational Centres Ltd. Responsibility for spiritual and doctrinal formation offered in Nullamore is entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church.
You may also read the Horizon Brochure for more information.
1. What is the goal of Horizon?
To help secondary school students prepare themselves to take on responsibility. The more responsible they are, the more responsibility they will get, and the more exciting their lives will be.
The underlying idea is that, while material possessions, athletic ability, good looks, and intellectual ability do matter, what matters most in life is character. Character allows men to take on responsibility and makes them great. Character endures after these other things are long gone.
2. Why the name “Horizon”?
3. Isn’t it too early for students in 1st, 2nd or 3rd year to worry about things like university and career?
4. Can a student sign up for the course even though he cannot attend every session?
5. Why does Nullamore entrust the Christian orientation of their activities to Opus Dei?
6. Should I let my friends know about Horizon?
7. What does the mentoring involve?
8. What does the Big Picture series offer?
9. What does the Great Achievements series offer?
10. What does the Professional series offer?
1. Core Skill Workshops
Innovation and service
How you can improve the world and society
Making deep and genuine friendships
How your decisions today shape your life tomorrow
Motivating others to want to grow, starting with yourself
Learning to love difficulties, setbacks and constructive feedback
How to get your ideas across in a way that people will understand
Producing great results amid contrasting personalities
CV & Interviews
The importance of crafting a professional image now for prospective employers
2. Community Outreach
Each student participates in a social project by giving one hour of his time and energy each month to serve others. By working as part of a team to improve the lives of others, the participants are involved in projects that are creating real social change and give them a broader perspective on their place in the world.
As part of the programme, a group of Horizon participants will have the opportunity to take part in a social project abroad during the summer of 2018.
Each student is assigned a mentor who guides him in finding practical applications of the principles taught in the classes. He is like a coach who teaches, challenges and encourages each student to reach his best.
Specifically, he helps the student set goals that are important and practical. In an ongoing way, he helps the student track his progress towards these goals.
The mentoring programme follows a monthly curriculum, but it is tailored to each individual student’s needs.
Student mentoring sessions typically take place once a month in Nullamore (90 Foster Avenue, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin), on the first or third Saturday of the month. Where this is not possible, mentoring can be held at the student’s home, or over the phone. For the sake of continuity, the mentor also tries to maintain contact with the student by phone in between mentoring sessions.
― Programme Director ―
James studied History and Politics at University College Dublin. He now works in MJ Flood Technology where he began as a sales executive before moving to his current role as business development manager. As part of his current role he spent four months in Amsterdam taking part in the Cisco Sales Academy as a Partner Associate Sales Representative. James has participated in many youth programs and in more recent years has been involved in the running of several youth leadership programs.
Jeffrey attended NUI Galway graduating with a B. Comm degree in 2005 before moving to Dublin to complete an MBS postgraduate qualification in Finance in UCD. Thereafter he worked as a sales professional for several years with both Pearson and McGraw Hill Education providing innovate teaching and learning solutions to universities in the higher education market in Ireland and the UK. He currently works a project manager on various educational and family projects related to Brosna Educational Centres Ltd. He enjoys reading and music.
Ezekiel was born in Argentina, but has lived in Dublin since 2005. He studied History and Politics in UCD, where he also wrote an MA dissertation on the Troubles in Northern Ireland. He then went on to do a PhD on the Falklands War at the University of Copenhagen. He’s currently working as a history researcher in UCD, as well as managing a university residence in town, where he runs a professional mentoring programme for college students. He loves sports (especially soccer and cycling), reading and playing the guitar.
Will is from Mexico and moved to Dublin in 2013. He did the Leaving Certificate in one year and then went to study Classics at Trinity College Dublin. He is currently in third year. He is fond of high culture, loves having great discussions, and likes photography and sports.
He is one of the founding partners of the Timoney Leadership Institute and became its first CEO in 2015. Graduating in 1994 with a BComm International from UCD, he worked as a Strategic Analyst and then as International Brand Manager with Baileys Irish Cream. In 2000, he became General Manager of the Lismullin Institute set up to promote conferences, seminars and retreats which spark and instill a Christian outlook on work, life and culture. In his time with Lismullin up to 2015, he worked on the Lismullin Leadership Forum and led a major expansion of Lismullin Conference Centre in County Meath, financed through a national fundraising campaign over 15 years.
David is from Co. Meath. He completed his undergraduate studies in history and English literature at Trinity College, Dublin. He gained his PhD from there on approaches to the will in medieval writing. A former Irish Research Council Scholar, he was later appointed a Mayers Fellow at the Huntington Library in California, and is currently engaged in further teaching and research at Trinity. He has many years’ experience tutoring and mentoring school students participating in Trinity College’s Voluntary Tuition Programme. He likes reading, hiking, piano, and technology.
Jude is a secondary school teacher, whose subjects include English, Religion, Citizen Leadership and Philosophy. Before taking up teaching full-time, he was the director of Nullamore for almost 10 years. He also currently assists in the running of a Mentoring programme for university students in Ely University Centre in Dublin city centre. Jude holds a BA in English and Philosophy from UCD, as well as Masters degrees both in Philosophy and in Human Rights Studies.
Core Skill Workshops: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7.30-8.30pm
Mentoring Sessions: Coordinate directly with mentor
90 Foster Avenue,
Tel: (01) 288 1734
Mobile: (089) 256 1809
Families with more than one son participating in Horizon can apply for a special discount. Financial considerations should not prevent anyone from attending. A scholarship may be requested. For more information about scholarships please contact Stephen Doorly at info@theHorizon.ie.
Option 1 – Pay Online (PayPal)
Option 2 – Post a Cheque
Send a cheque payable to “Nullamore Youth Club” to the below address:
90 Foster Avenue
Option 3 – Direct Debit
To the following
IE84 AIBK 9310 4766 7830 94