We are passionately committed to assessing the influence of Soar workshops on the well-being of the young people with whom we work. This is heavily focused on championing the voice of young people and telling their stories.

We are also constantly seeking the most advanced and suitable measurement tools to help us evaluate and capture the value of the work we do with young people. We will continue to develop our feedback process so we can illustrate simply that by positively impacting on the emotional well-being, resilience, and self-esteem of a young person, their overall well-being improves.

Exploring what really matters, is taking us on a path of research based on the lived experiences of young people.

Humans of Dublin

An Interview with Soar Youth Crew Member Megan Byrne as part of a collaborative campaign between Humans of Dublin and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

“Things only changed after Soar came to do a workshop in my school. It was like a light at the end of the tunnel. It felt like there was a whole new world out there where I could talk openly about my feelings and ask for help, and nobody would judge me. It was the first time I began opening up about my family and my past. Later on, they came and sat by my side at the social workers meetings. It was such an amazing feeling. They gave me all the support and the confidence I needed to speak out and ask for help to be able to leave my foster home. They were with me anywhere I needed support. I did my work experience with them and joined their youth club, and now I’m being trained to give talks in schools just like they do. They completely changed me as a person. Everything I wanted to be, suddenly became possible and if there is anything to say about them, well, they saved my life. And I will always be grateful for that!”

 Find out more at #Humansofdublin

Listening to What Young People Say

The greatest testament of the work that Soar does can be found in the voices of the young people we work with and within the hundreds of emails and messages we receive. After each workshop we ask young people to provide their feedback on what they have experienced. While we never intend to teach young people anything, we do aim to provide a place for them to find their own answers through their personal experiences and through the experiences of those around them.

From our feedback forms we know 96% of young people want this program to be available for other young people.

(Feedback Surveys 2015 / 2016 workshops)