Students from Coláiste Íosagáin in Portarlington gathered at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone to ‘speak out’ on the social issues that concern them as part of the Young Social Innovators’ ‘All Ireland Speak Out’ tour.
They were 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 event was opened by former Minister Mary O’Rourke 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..