SCOOP Foundation - Generation Change: Accelerator Mentor

Calling all industry professionals! Pass on your knowledge and expertise by becoming an Accelerator Mentor with Generation Change, a SCOOP Foundation initiative!

At SCOOP we believe in supporting and educating the next generation, especially young people at home and abroad who are suffering through no fault of their own. Over the past decade, we have developed an amazing range of educational projects and campaigns (art, IT, psycho-social, music production, english, well being) at home in Direct Provision in Ireland and abroad in Asia and the Middle East.

So, what is Generation Change all about?

Generation Change is a fundraising and networking initiative that brings together Ireland's ambitious university undergrads and industry professionals to raise funds to support SCOOP’s educational projects for displaced young people, nationally and internationally, all whilst providing the participants with these invaluable benefits:

  1. Accelerator Mentor – these are professionals from a wide range of industries, varying from tech, not-for-profit, business, marketing, arts and culture, science, health and many more, who are dedicated to mentoring students throughout their Generation Change journey, providing invaluable insights, support and opportunities!
  2. Generator Talks – given from a range of industry professionals providing inspiring talks to encourage the next generation.
  3. Internships* with SCOOP and other organisations, bodies and companies.

*Subject to availability

And the lucky top Changer (the student that raises the most for SCOOP) will be invited to join SCOOP on a trip to work at the Bajed Kandala Camp in Iraq.

We launched our Generation Change pilot programme in February of this year with a small group of 10 students and mentors. By the end of the programme, not only had the students come up with some incredibly innovative fundraising campaigns during a period that would have been challenging for any charity to raise money, but they absolutely smashed their €500 targets, raising on average €913 each - €9133.65 in total!

Accelerator Mentors are industry professionals who guide, inspire and encourage the next generation of Ireland’s change makers by offering career advice and support throughout the initiative. The feedback from both Changers and Accelerator Mentors was very positive, especially with regards to the mentoring programme. Below is a testimonial from one of our lovely mentors.

“Generation Change is a fantastic and progressive initiative, not only does it give our future thought leaders the opportunity to use their current education as a force for good but it allows us as mentors to give them the necessary tools to enhance their fundraising campaign and give valuable guidance in their socially driven careers.”

Does this sound like something you’d be interested in?

If so, we’d love to hear from you! Follow the link here for more info & to sign up as a Mentor for this year’s Autumn programme, running from 4th October - 6th December 2021. Mentors are expected to commit approximately 15 / 30 mins per week or 30 / 1 hour per fortnight for the programme (to be confirmed between yourself and your Mentee).

If you have any questions or would like a general chat about the programme, please don’t hesitate to drop Project Coordinator Niamh Donnelly an email:

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Date Entered/Updated
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