Irish Times partners with Drugs.ie for youth media awards
Here is your chance to have your ideas published on The Irish Times Student Hub site for The National Youth Media Awards.
Students’ unions are encouraging young people to get involved in the Drugs.ie National Youth Media Awards, which has partnered with The Irish Times for the first time this year.
Organised by the Ana Liffey Drug Project in Dublin, the competition aims to create a greater understanding among young people about the issues surrounding drug use in all its forms.
The awards have four strands: writing; video/animation; audio; and poster design, with winners chosen across various age groups in each of these categories. The competition was officially launched at a gala event for students and amongst the guest speakers was Blathnaid Tracey, who’s speech to the assembly is featured in our caption video.
The competition is open to all entrants aged between 12 and 25, and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) have asked those attending second and third level institutions around the country to consider submitting an entry.
“It’s important to ensure students’ relationship with substances and alcohol is as safe as possible, and what better way to engage than to have students showcase their campaigns and projects while broadening the discussion of substances and alcohol with the wider student population,” said USI president Annie Hoey.
ISSU president Jane Hayes Nally added that her organisation would like to hear what students have to say “and encourage a dialogue on the students’ experiences and perceptions of drugs and alcohol”. visit http://issu.ie/student-council/ for all the latest issue news.
Now in its third year, the National Youth Media Awards attracted almost 1,000 entries in 2016, with Kells Youthreach scooping the overall prize for their Monkey on Your Back video about drug abuse.
The deadline for entries across all categories is February 1st, 2017, and winners will receive an iPad Mini with one overall prize-winner also receiving a cheque for €2,000.
As part of The Irish Times’ involvement for the 2017 awards, winning entries will also be considered for publication on the Irish Times Student Hub site.
“It is important that students across all age ranges engage in drug education so they can make informed decisions about drug and alcohol use,” said Ana Liffey Drug Project director Tony Duffin.
There are four age categories for entries: 12-14; 15-17; 18-20; 21-25 and entrants will submit a piece of original content, based on one of the themes in one of the following formats: (a) news article; (b) a video/animation; (c) an audio recording; (d) a poster design.
The themes for this year are:
• Why do some young people use drugs?
• What impact does alcohol have on relationships?
Closing date for entries is Wednesday the 1st of February 2017. Full details and entry forms are available on drugs.ie/awards
USI is the national representative body for the 354,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. We are a membership organisation – our members are our affiliated Students’ Unions around Ireland, North and South.
ISSU is the national umbrella body for school Student Councils, aiming to represent and connect Irish second-level students the length and breadth of the country, ensuring that the voice of the Irish second-level student is heard and striving for innovation and democracy within the education system.
Drugs.ie is an independent website managed by The Ana Liffey Drug Project. Their mission is to help individuals, families and communities prevent and/or address problems arising from drug and alcohol use. Drugs.ie is responsible for the Let’s Talk About Drugs National Media Awards.
For more information, visit http://www.irishtimes.com/student-hub or please contact:
Annie Hoey – USI President – 087 677 6636
Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin – ISSU Communications – 083 1944566
Andy Osborn – Ana Liffey Drug Project – 01 9603003