The Apprentice’s Dillon St.Paul announced as judge for ISPCC Shield Youth Award
Following his successful appearance on The Apprentice on BBC One, Irish contestant Dillon St.Paul has been announced as one of the judges for this year’s ISPCC Shield Youth Award.
The Shield Youth Award is an anti-bullying project competition, open to all second-level students and community groups. The finals of the competition will take place in May 2017 in a boardroom-style interview in front of a group of well-known entrepreneurs.
Speaking about his announcement as a judge for the Shield Youth Award, Dillon St.Paul said: “I am delighted to take part in the ISPCC Shield Youth Award this year as one of the judges. The Shield campaign is a cause close to my heart, I am a strong advocate against bullying, wherever it occurs, and I am looking forward to entering the boardroom for this task!
“There is occasionally a perception that bullying tactics are acceptable or necessary in business but I don’t believe there is any place for this – the workplace should be about integrity and professionalism. I am looking forward to meeting some of the students working on Shield Youth Award projects and hearing their ideas.”
The students of Coláiste Bhríde from Carnew in Wicklow, the 2016 Shield Youth Award Winners, speaking about the award, said: “We gained very valuable knowledge of the effects certain behaviours can have on others, and we made a conscious decision to try to make sure all students in our school were greeted every day. We now try to make any students who appear isolated feel included.
“We were treated so well on the day of the awards and we are still talking about the event. It was a wonderful life experience to present in front of a professional judging panel. We highly recommend that schools get involved.”
The ISPCC Shield Youth Award provides a fantastic opportunity to develop students' awareness of the impact certain behaviours can have on others. It requires them to research bullying and its effects, and focus on personal development, innovation, creativity, business and marketing skills. As part of the project, the students plan a fundraising event, to support both their own school and the ISPCC's Shield Anti-bullying programme, the proceeds of which are divided 50:50 between the school and the ISPCC.
To be part of this year’s ISPCC Shield Youth Award, you can contact our team on 1850 50 40 50 or email Monica.Rowe@ispcc.ie. Alternatively, you can log on to ispcc.ie/Shield for more information.