Meet the winners of the 2017 Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, which sees €100,000 awarded to youth charities across Ireland. Congratulations!
- €10k – The Little Museum of Dublin for believing in actively inspiring young people in their local community to find their passions and achieve success. Through the Thank You Fund, they’re planning a 3-month photographic exhibition entitled 'A Woman's Work' that will document strong women in predominantly male professions.
- €10k – Foroige Autism Specific Big Brother Big Sister Programme, Sligo / Leitrim. This programme aims to support and inspire young people with autism. The Big Brother Big Sister Programme matches an adult volunteer to a young person with autism, teaming those with compatible personalities and similar interests.
- €10k – CDYS Ltd - iScoil Cork aims to bridge the gap between education and the workplace, fostering inclusion among young people. The partnership with iScoil (an online learning service) has created a blended learning centre for young people aged 13-16 who are not in mainstream education.
- €10k – Girls’ Brigade, Antrim. This project aims to give all young women in the Girls’ Brigade group (aged 14 – 25) the opportunity to train in the issues of Leadership, Mental Health, Sex, Drugs & Alcohol, Online Safety & Social Media, Self-harm & Suicide.
- €10k – An Cosan, Dublin. An Cosan are developing a programme for young men from disadvantaged areas to enable them to come together in a safe space, and overcome barriers to employment or further education.
- €10k – Leave No Trace Ireland, Mayo. This project promotes integration between communities in Ireland and empowers young people at risk of social exclusion. It provides opportunities for young people from a variety of backgrounds to take part in voyages along the Irish coastline on sail training vessels.
- €5k – Ulster GAA, Armagh. The Ulster GAA Youth Leaders Programme aims to empower young GAA volunteers to play a full role in the operations and decision making of their GAA club. It aims to create leaders of today and leaders for the future by assisting young GAA volunteers to develop their knowledge and skills across a range of areas which impact on the Association.
- €5k – Co-operation Ireland, Antrim. The project aims to increase young people’s understanding of the Brexit process and its potential impact on their lives, now and in the future. It will facilitate young people from different backgrounds to discuss and debate the implications of Brexit, raising awareness of other perspectives and viewpoints. It will support young people who want to identify and lobby for their concerns and priorities in the Brexit negotiation process.
- €5k – Duke of Edinburgh Award NI, Antrim. The Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-24. The purpose is to embed the Joint Award Initiative in three organisations which previously have no experience of offering the Award.
- €5k – NI Youth Forum, Antrim. This project aims to foster diversity and inclusion among young people, empowering them to become leaders of the future. Through the application of youth interventions and academic input they will explore Islam, increase the understanding in Ireland and empower young people to take on leadership roles within NI Youth Forum and beyond.
- €5k – Start360, Antrim. The Change Makers project will involve young people going out into their community and spreading positivity through acts of kindness. The young people will engage with communities and explore different concepts that will improve the lives of residents.
- €5k – Oasis Caring in Action Antrim. The Antrim Young Mums Together are a group of mums who have come together to provide a dedicated service to teenage and young mums in their area. Developed by young mums for young mums, it seeks to address the many social, emotional and practical difficulties they face – offering aspirations for a better future.
- €5k – Willowfield Parish Community Association, Antrim. Many young people aged 18-25 in the local community have left school with little or no qualifications and are struggling to find work opportunities, which leaves them feeling worthless and downbeat about their future. This project seeks to connect with those who find themselves in this situation and get them involved in activities which will help others in their local community.
- €5k – All Together in Dignity - ATD Fourth World Ireland, Dublin. Their project, 'Ireland, I Have a Dream', will invite young members of communities in Ireland living in persistent poverty to write a speech inspired by Martin Luther King’s legacy. Through this creative writing process, community members will find strength in sharing their experiences, finding their individual and collective voice, with the aim of empowering participants and inspiring others to keep fighting poverty.
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