‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards

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Drugs.ie ’Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards Competition encourages young people to discuss the hidden harms of alcohol use.

The 2016 Drugs.ie National Youth Media Awards competition was officially launched on the 9th of October by Miriam O’Callaghan. The competition is targeting young people in Ireland and aims to help young people research and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society.

To enter, young people are asked to create either: a short video, an audio clip, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) What are the hidden harms of alcohol use; (b) What are the effects of drugs use. The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25. The closing date for entries is the 22nd of January 2016.

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. Details on how to enter can be found on www.drugs.ie/awards.

Entrants can enter the competition as many times as they like by entering different formats on one or both themes or by participating in a group project and submitting an individual entry. The competition gives young people the opportunity to 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 also active in making tangible objects in the real world.