Coca-Cola Thank You Fund launches for 2017 – €100,000 made available for community projects that support and inspire young people
- Parents are the most prominent role models for young people across Ireland
- 72% of young Irish people describe themselves as ambitious
- 94% believe hard work and dedication are essential to success
- Only 14% of young people say they have high self-confidence
Wednesday, May 17 2017: New research revealed today at the launch of the
Furthermore, the findings show that young people are motivated, with 72% describing themselves as ambitious. Interestingly, females are 15% more likely than males to describe themselves in this way. However, 76% of males said they would prefer to keep their ambitions private compared with 58% of females.
The findings from a new study commissioned by
Role models are an important source of inspiration and guidance for young people. 63% of those aged 12-17 say they have a role model, with the number falling to 50% among 18-25 year olds. By far the most prominent role models for young people are one or both of their parents. Just 23% said their role model is a celebrity, while 14% said they look up to a current or former teacher.
Speaking about his role model, PJ also said, “Jason Byrne has always been there for me and helped me establish my comedy career. It’s good news that many young people have similar figures in their own lives. We need to support young people so they can live up to their ambitions and that’s why
47% of young people polled said they selected their role model based on that person’s life achievements and success in their field. This compares with 42% who said their role model had provided advice or guidance directly to them.
Only 10% chose their role model based on wealth, and this tallied with other findings of the research which show that just 16% of young people (25% of males and 11% of females) think of wealth as the most important measure of success.
Petre Șandru, Country Manager,
- Bridging the divide between education and the workplace
- Fostering diversity and inclusion among young people
- Empowering young people to become the leaders of the future
Now in its seventh year, the
Sabina Cotter, Head of Grants and Programmes, Irish Youth Foundation said:
“The search is on for new projects that will inspire and support young people. Last year we discovered some fantastic initiatives such as one which focused on building currachs on Inishbofin to teach young islanders the value of teamwork. This a fantastic opportunity for not-for-profit organisations across Ireland to apply for funding for innovative projects to benefit young people”
June Trimble, Chief Executive Office, YouthAction Northern Ireland said:
“The great thing about the
The research published today was commissioned by
Coca-Cola and carried out by iReach Insights.
252 young people aged 12-25 in Ireland and Northern Ireland were polled.
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