The deadline for entries to the Drugs.ie Media Awards Competition is the 1st of February 2017.
The competition is primarily aimed at secondary schools, colleges and youth clubs nationwide and is supported by the Department of Health, the HSE, the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Healthy Ireland, the Union of Students in Ireland, the Irish Second- Level Student Union and the Drugs.ie website. Drugs.ie is Ireland’s National Drug and Alcohol Information and Support Website. The drugs.ie site has in excess of 120,000 unique Irish visitors each year and over 500,000 international visitors.
The annual drugs education competition aims to help young people explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society. To enter, young people are asked to research topics or share their personal experiences and create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) Why do some young people use drugs? (b) What impact does alcohol have on relationships? The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25.
By getting involved, young people can explore the issue of drugs and alcohol from a constructionist learning experience. This can have a more meaningful impact on their own understanding of the issues - as this type of learning experience is effective when people are active in making tangible objects in the real world.
In turn, schools, youth and community groups can take a proactive and innovative approach to raising awareness and understanding of the issues; issues that affect the lives of many young people in Ireland. On this basis, we are asking all services to encourage young people to enter - as individual entrants - or as a group project.
Winners from the four age categories will receive an iPad mini and the overall winner will receive a prize of €2,000. Winners will also have their work published on drugs.ie.
A selection of video entries will feature as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival in February 2017. Entries will also be considered for publication by the Irish Times Student Hub.
You can find full competition details, recommended research sites and examples of previous winners at www.drugs.ie/awards
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 9603010 if you have any questions in relation to the competition.