Kerry Students take top prize at YSI Awards
Yesterday we celebrated a year of youth-led social innovation with the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland Awards 2021 Ceremony! The event was hosted by Virgin Media Ireland's Zara King and co-hosted by Dayl Cronin. Special guest An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin stopped by to recognise and commend the extraordinary contribution by young people to their schools and their communities during this challenging year.
Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, Tralee, Co. Kerry were awarded the Gold awards for Young Social Innovators of the Year 2021 for their innovative 'Red Flags ‘Break the Silence’ project, which aims to help young people recognise the early signs of toxic relationships and to be aware of red flags signalling coercive control type behaviours.
The Abbey School, Co.Tipperary received the Silver prize for their 'Use Your Head Use Your Helmet' project, which raised awareness around the prevalence of acquired brain injury amongst Ireland's youth due to lack of helmet wearing by younger cyclists.
Coláiste Bride, Clondalkin took home the Bronze award for their 'Brand New 2 U' project whick tackled sustainable and ethical fashion and raising awareness around the impact it has on the environment.
In addition, there were 9 Challenge Award Winners and 6 Spotlight Award Winners.