Students speak out on social issues
Students from Our Lady's College and St. Mary's Diocesan School, Drogheda gathered at the TLT Concert Hall, Drogheda to 'speak out' on the social issues that concern them in the final event of the 2014 Young Social Innovators' 'All Ireland Speak Out' tour.
They are all participating in the Social Innovation ACTION programme organised by Young Social Innovators with the help of its Official Partner the Vodafone Ireland Foundation. The programme gives young people the skills and know-how to examine social problems and bring about the changes they wish to see in their communities and wider society.
The Speak Out event was opened by Fergus O'Dowd TD, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and Environment, Community & Local Government and was attended by 400 young people as well as representatives of voluntary and community organisations.
The audience heard interactive presentations on local, national and global issues ranging from teenage cancer, farm safety, autism awareness and poverty to animal cruelty with the young people highlighting the practical steps they are taking to tackle them as part of their YSI project.