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Posted by on August 8, 2012

SoarSoar want every young person to reveal and experience their greatness within.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be giving each of the 2012 Finalists the opportunity to introduce themselves to you. The eight Finalists are taking part in a three month evaluation and support programme. In October we’ll be announcing the three social entrepreneurs who make it onto the Impact Programme (support and funding worth €200,000) and the five who will make it on to the Elevator Programme (support and funding worth €35,000). Today we hear from Karl Swan, who together with Tony Griffin has founded The Soar Foundation. Take it away Karl.


Soar began when Tony Griffin and I watched a documentary called Every Heart Beats True. This doco told the story of the Irishman Jim Stynes as he battled cancer and also profiled his work with the youth organisation Reach in Melbourne, Australia. Soon afterwards Tony and I met, agreed that we had to act on shared concerns for our young people. How were they to dare to dream in the eye of the pervasive negativity that swirled all round them as a result of the financial recession?
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