Community College Young Social Innovators Win National Award

Castleisland Community College teacher, Doreen Killington pictured with her Fair-Traders award winning team. From left: Liam Moloney, Denise Crowley, Paul O’Connor, Robyn White, Joseph Sheehy, Conor O’Sullivan, Ruth Borgeat, Lucy Setterfield and Niall Fagan. ©Photograph: John Reidy

‘The Global Gang’ comprising Transition Year students from Castleisland Community College won a national award at the Young Social Innovators competition held in Croke Park, Dublin.

Young Social Innovators is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme.

400 Projects Entered

Over 400 projects were entered this year and a total of 30 teams competed in the final.

The students presented to six judges with other students watching followed by a questions and answering session.

The Global Gang won its category for Make Our Future More Sustainable.’

The project focused on what we can do in our everyday lives to combat climate change e.g. recycling, buy FSC products and planting pollinator friendly plants.

An Amazing Achievement

They were also shortlisted to the top five teams in the competition and were asked to perform for the second time to a different judging panel for the coveted positions of the overall three positions. The Global Gang finished fourth in the overall competition- an amazing achievement!

This is the second year in a row that Castleisland Community College has won a National Young Social Innovators Award with ‘The Fairtraders’ winning last year.

Castleisland Fairtraders

Meanwhile, the Fairtraders of Castleisland Community College have been shortlisted to represent Ireland in the International Sage Competition which takes place in San Francisco, USA, in August this year.

The team was shortlisted by a panel of judges from Young Social Innovators. The International Sage Competition is an entrepreneurship programme for teens which promotes innovations and social enterprises that address some of the world’s most urgent problems.

Marketing Fairtrade Brand

The Fairtraders were chosen due to their promotion and marketing of the Fairtrade Brand. The Fairtraders won a national award in the Young Social Innovator’s competition last year and were shortlisted to this year’s Elevate Programme which supports the advancement of high quality projects. They continued to promote the brand and they launched into a new area of Fairtrade- footballs.

Prize Trip to San Fran

They worked with local soccer clubs and schools to encourage the purchasing of Fairtrade footballs. They have submitted a detailed report of their work to date which is being judged by a Young Social Innovator’s panel.

If chosen to represent Ireland they will travel to San Francisco where their award winning project will compete against youth led social enterprises from around the world.

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