Bush Post Primary Students win the 2019 Social Innovators of the Year Awards

A project on consent by student at Bush Post Primary School has scooped the gold prize in this year’s Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland Awards.

A transition year class of 29 students from Bush Post Primary School, Dundalk have won the much sought after title of Young Social Innovators of the Year 2019, at an award ceremony held in Croke Park on Wednesday May 15th. Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Seán Canney TD presented the team, alongside their teacher Colette Owens, with a trophy and a cheque to the value of €2,000.  The team of students are hoping to use this money to develop their project into the next academic year.

The event was attended by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD; Minister of State at the Department of Health, Catherine Byrne TD; Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon TD, who all presented awards. Young Social Innovators, now in its 17th year, challenges young people to come up with and implement creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing them, their communities and wider Irish society. Some 600 teenagers from more than 30 post primary schools around the country gathered at Croke Park for this year’s awards ceremony.

The 31 shortlisted teams made their final pitches to judging panels at the event, having come through a rigorous selection process of more than 370 entries. Bush Post Primary's Let’s talk about consent group won the top prize based on a project where they have produced and launched a podcast, with an accompanied animated video, encouraging people to engage in an open dialogue about sexual consent. The students want to educate young people on the facts about consent and why it is important, and the team are doing so, using a suitable analogy, accessible to a younger age group making the issue of consent understandable and relatable. The students were concerned about the level of misinformation out in the public domain around the issue of consent and they worked with the Rape Crisis Centre to ensure that their messaging was accurate and appropriate prior to producing the podcast.

Their video is available for viewing on YouTube and other social media platforms and we wish to congratulate our students on their recent success.

For more information about the YSI event please click on the following link: https://www.youngsocialinnovators.ie/speak-out-awards/young-social-innovator-of-the-year-awards/2019-award-winners/

Let's Talk Consent Video:

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